A strong research program in
biological control has operated at Florida A&M University (FAMU) since 1976, led by Dr.
Charles O'Brien. The program is internationally known for taxonomic research
on weevils in support of biological control efforts against exotic weeds.
Biological control of mosquitoes and biting flies is carried out at the
Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center
in Panama City, FL.
In 1999, USDA-APHIS and USDA-ARS provided funds to establish the FAMU
Center for Biological Control. Two Research Entomologists in the Center
for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE) Behavior and
Biocontrol Research Unit ,
, are faculty in the Center for Biological Control. This relationship
continues a long tradition of cooperative relationships between FAMU and
CMAVE students and researchers. FAMU students who have worked with CMAVE
researchers include Cornelius Dunmore, Moeb Lanh, Aliska Akers, and most
recently Christy Copeland and Felicia Haynes.
James Thomas and
, EEO Committee members at CMAVE, participated in the FAMU CESTA Career
Forum in Tallahassee, FL, February 27, 2001. Discussions were held about
future research and recruitment activities with Manuel Pescador, Michael
Hubbard, and Jan Peters in the Department of Entomology and Structural
Pest Control, and Charlie O’Brien, Stuart Reitz, and Jesusa Legaspi in
the FAMU Center for Biological Control. The Behavior and Biocontrol; Chemistry;
Imported Fire and Household Insect; and Postharvest and Bioregulation Research
Units at CMAVE prepared posters about ongoing projects that were combined
into a display to recruit summer interns (picture above). Everett Foreman,
Denise Johanowicz, Eric Kaufmann, and Betty Weaver contributed to preparation
of the graphics.