Larvae Research


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Gnats (Black Flies) 
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.


 

Recent Publications

Differential heliothine susceptibility to Cry1Ac associated with gut proteolytic activity Abdelgaffar, H., C. Oppert, X. Sun, J. Monserrate, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Pesticide Biochemsitry and Physiology. [Abstract]

Midgut metabolomic profiling of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) with field-evolved resistance to Cry1F corn Abdelgaffar, H., E. Tague, H. F. Castro-Gonzalez, S. R. Campagna, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pii: S0965-1748(18)30401-6. [Abstract]

Development of Methods for Testing Alterations in Flight Behavior of Cry1Fa-Resistant and Susceptible Spodoptera frugiperda in Response to Feeding on Cry1Fa Protoxin.  Hietela, L.  2018.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Systematics of the meniscus midges (Diptera: Dixidae) – molecular phylogenetics of world taxa and highlights from revisionary studies of Nearctic Dixa Meigen.  Moulton, J. K.  2018.  Proceedings: The 9th International Congress of Dipterology, Orlando, FL, September 25-30, November 25–30, Windhoek, Namibia. [Abstract]

A new genus, Ectemnoides, for seven species of Australian Gondwanan Simuliidae (Diptera) with description of a novel form of larval attachment Moulton, J. K., D. C. Currie, and D. A. Craig.  2018.  Insect Systematics and Diversity, 2(4): 1–54. [Abstract]

Domain III of Cry1Ac Is Critical to Binding and Toxicity against Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens) but Not to Velvetbean Caterpillar (Anticarsia gemmatalis) Mushtaq, R., A. R. Shakoori, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Toxins, 10(3). pii: E95. [Abstract]

Molecular systematics of Thaumaleidae (Insecta: Diptera): The first phylogeny depicting intergeneric relationships and other taxonomic discoveries.  Pivar, R. J.  2018.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Dynamics of transcriptomic response to infection by nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and its bacterial symbiont Photorhabdus temperata in Heliothis virescens larvae An, R., K. Suri, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and P. Grewal.  2017.  Insect Molecular Biology, 26(5): 584-600. [Abstract]

Alpha-arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication Castagnola. A., J. Jackson, O. P. Perera, C. Oppert, S. Eda, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  PeerJ, 5:e3886. [Abstract]

Insects Associated with Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (Bertoni), and Toxicity of Compounds from S. rebaudiana against Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Larvae.  Lowery, H.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Revisionary studies of Nearctic Dixidae: the Dixa rudis and D. fusca species groups.  Moulton, J. K.  2017.  Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. November 5–8, Denver, CO.. [Abstract]

Activity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ie2, Cry2Ac7, Vip3Aa11 and Cry7Ab3 proteins against Anticarsia gemmatalis, Chrysodeixis includens and Ceratoma trifurcata Mushtaq, R., R. Behle, R. Liu, L. Niu, P. Song, A. R. Shakoori, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 150: 70-72. [Abstract]