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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

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.

Intestinal regeneration as an insect resistance mechanism to entomopathogenic bacteria.  Castagnola, A., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2016.  Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 15, June 2016, Pages 104-110.

Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Bacteria Glare, T., J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and M. O'Callaghan.  2016.  Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: from theory to practice, Chapter IV Lerry Lacey, Editor Academic Press.

Homologs to Cry toxin receptor genes in a de novo transcriptome and their altered expression in resistant Spodoptera litura larvae Gong, L., H. Wang, J. Qi, L. Han, M. Hu, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 129: 1-6.

MAPK Signaling Pathway Alters Expression of Midgut ALP and ABCC Genes and Causes Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac Toxin in Diamondback Moth Guo, Z., S. Kang, D. Chen, Q. Wu, S. Wang, W. Xie, X. Zhu, S. Baxter, X. Zhou, J. Jurat-Fuentes, and Y. Zhang.  2015.  PLoS Genetics, e1005124.

Field-evolved Mode 1 fall armyworm resistance to Bt corn associated with reduced Cry1Fa toxin binding and midgut alkaline phosphatase expression Jakka, S. R. K., L. Gong, J. Hasler, J. Banerjee, J. J. Sheets, K. Narva, C. A. Blanco, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Nematicidal activity in extracts of chenopods Kouser, T, D. I. Yates, and K. D. Gwinn.  2015.  Phytopathology, 105(Suppl. 4):S4.75. Annual Meeting, American Phytopathological Society. Pasadena, Ca. Aug 1-5, 2015.

Susceptibility of Eastern Hellbender larvae to ranavirus under different environmental conditions.  Lillard, C. E., D. L. Miller, R. T. Jackson, B. S. Wilson, B. Wilkes, R. D. Hill, Y. Geng, and M. J. Gray.  2015.  Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, Gainesville, FL.

Temperature drives susceptibility of Eastern Hellbender larvae to ranavirus.  Lillard, C. E., J. C. Chaney, D. L. Miller, R. T. Jackson, B. S. Wilson, B. Wilkes, R. D. Hill, Y. Geng, B. Reeves, D. McGinnity, and M. J. Gray.  2015.  Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Acheivment (EUReCA), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal and endophytic fungi enhanced terpene production in tomato plants and their defense against herbivorous insects Shrivastava, G., B. H. Ownley, R. M. Augé, H. D. Toler, M. E. Dee, A. Vu, T. G. Köllner, and F. Chen.  2015.  Symbiosis, 65:65-74.

Intra-ear compensation of field corn, Zea mays L., from simulated and naturally-occurring injury by ear-feeding larvae Steckel, S. J., and S. D. Stewart.  2015.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 108(3):1106-1114.

Identification of a New cry1I-Type Gene as a Candidate for Gene Pyramiding in Corn To Control Ostrinia Species Larvae Zhao, C., J. Jurat-Fuentes, H. Abdelgaffar, H. Pan, F. Song, and J. Zhang.  2015.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 81 (11): 3699-3705.