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Weber, Donald C. 2003. Colorado beetle: pest on the move. Pesticide Outlook 14 (6): 256-259. PDF

Zhang, Aijun, Paul S. Robbins, Anne L. Averill, Donald C. Weber, Charles E. Linn, Jr., Wendell L. Roelofs, and Michael G. Villani.  2003.  Identification of the female-produced sex pheromone of the scarab beetle Hoplia equina.  Journal of Chemical Ecology, 29: 1635-1642. PDF

 Weber, Donald C., Paul S. Robbins, and Anne L. Averill. 2005. Hoplia equina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and nontarget capture using 2-tetradecanone-baited traps. Environmental Entomology 34: 158-163. PDF

Weber, Donald C., Daniel R. Rowley, Matthew H. Greenstone, and Michael M. Athanas. 2006. Prey preference and host suitability of the predatory and parasitoid carabid beetle, Lebia grandis, for several species of Leptinotarsa beetles." Journal of Insect Science, 6:09.

Narayandas, Girish, Andrei Alyokhin, Randy Alford, Donald C. Weber, and Joseph C. Dickens.  2006.  Response of potato aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) to natural potato odor and synthetic potato-derived Colorado potato beetle kairomone.  Journal of Economic Entomology 99: 1203-1208. PDF

Robbins PS, Alm SR, Armstrong CD, Averill AL, Baker TC, Bauernfiend RJ, Baxendale FP, Braman SK, Brandenburg RL, Cash DB, Couch GJ, Cowles RS, Crocker RL, DeLamar ZD, Dittl TG, Fitzpatrick SM, Flanders KL, Forgatsch T, Gibb TJ, Gill BD, Gilrein DO, Gorsuch CS, Hammond AM, Hastings PD, Held DW, Heller PR, Hiskes RT, Holliman JL, Hudson WG, Klein MG, Krischik VL, Lee DJ, Linn Jr. CE, Luce NJ, MacKenzie KE, Mannion CM, Polavarapu S, Potter DA, Roelofs WL, Royals BM, Salsbury GA, Schiff NM, Shetlar DJ, Skinner M, Sparks BL, Sutschek JA, Sutschek TP, Swier SR, Sylvia MM, Vickers NJ, Vittum PJ, Weidman RB, Weber DC, Williamson RC, Villani MG.  2006.  Trapping Phyllophaga spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) with sex attractants in the United States and Canada.  Journal of Insect Science 6:39, available online: http://insectscience.org/6.39

Greenstone, M.H., Rowley, D.L., Weber, D.C., Payton, M.E., and D.J. Hawthorne, D.J. 2007.  Feeding mode and prey detectability half-lives in molecular gut analysis: An example with two predators of the Colorado potato beetle.  Bulletin of Entomological Research, 97: 201-209.

 Cabrera Walsh, G., Donald C. Weber, Federico Mattioli and German Heck.  2008.  Qualitative and quantitative responses of Diabroticina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to cucurbit extracts linked to species, sex, weather and deployment method.  Journal of Applied Entomology 132: 205-215. PDF

Weber, Donald C., Pavel Saska, and Caroline S. Chaboo.  2008.  “Carabid beetles as Parasitoids” in Encyclopedia of Entomology, edited by John L. Capinera (2nd edition), Kluwer, Vol. 2, pp. 35-37. PDF

Weber, Donald C.  2008.  “Colorado potato beetle” in Encyclopedia of Entomology, edited by John L. Capinera (2nd edition), Kluwer, Vol. 2, pp. 324-328. PDF

Chauhan, Kamlesh R., and Donald C. Weber.  2008.  Lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) tracks deter oviposition by the goldeneyed lacewing, Chrysopa oculata. Biocontrol Science & Technology 18: 727-731. PDF

Blackburn, M.B., Gundersen, D.E., Weber, D.C., Martin, P.A., Farrar, R.R.  2008.  Enteric bacteria of field-collected Colorado potato beetle larvae inhibit growth of the entomopathogens Photorhabdus temperata and Beauveria bassiana. Biological Control 46: 434-441. PDF

Weber, D.C., R.S. Pfannenstiel, and J.G. Lundgren.  2008.  Diel predation pattern assessment and exploitation of sentinel prey: New interpretations of community and individual behaviors.  Pp. 485-494 in Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8-13 February 2009, edited by Peter G. Mason, David R. Gillespie & Charles Vincent.  USDA Forest Service Publication FHTET-2008-06, Morgantown, WV, USA. PDF

 Lundgren, Jonathan G., and Donald C. Weber.  2008.  Unraveling the nutritional ecology of an omnivorous coccinellid using molecular techniques.  Pp. 135-141 in Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8-13 February 2009, edited by Peter G. Mason, David R. Gillespie & Charles Vincent.  USDA Forest Service Publication FHTET-2008-06, Morgantown, WV, USA

 Greenstone, M.H., Z. Szendrei, M.E. Payton, D.L. Rowley, T.C. Coudron, and D.C. Weber.  2008.  The half-life in molecular gut-content analysis: Models, assumptions, and protocols, with data from a one-prey, multi-predator system (abstract only).  P. 134 in Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8-13 February 2009, edited by Peter G. Mason, David R. Gillespie & Charles Vincent.  USDA Forest Service Publication FHTET-2008-06, Morgantown, WV, USA.

 Toepfer, S., Haye, T., Erlandson, M., Goettel, M., Lundgren, J. G., Kleespies, R. G., Weber, D. C., Walsh, G. Cabrera, Peters, A., Ehlers, R. -U., Strasser, H., Moore, D., Keller, S., Vidal, S. and Kuhlmann, U.  2009.  A review of the natural enemies of beetles in the subtribe Diabroticina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): implications for sustainable pest management. Biocontrol Science and Technology 19: 1-65. PDF

 Weber, Donald C., and Jonathan G. Lundgren.  2009.  Detection of predation using qPCR: Effect of prey quantity, elapsed time, chaser diet, and sample preservation on detectable quantity of prey DNA.  Journal of Insect Science 9: 41 (12pp.).

 Szendrei, Zsofia, and Donald C. Weber. 2009.  Response of predators to habitat manipulation in potato fields.  Biological Control 50: 123–128. PDF

 Weber, Donald C., and Jonathan G. Lundgren. 2009.  Assessing the trophic ecology of the Coccinellidae: Their roles as predators and as prey.  Biological Control 51: 199-214. PDF

 Biddinger, David J., Donald C. Weber,  and Larry A. Hull.  2009. Coccinellidae as predators of mites: Stethorini in biological control.  Biological Control 51: 268-283. PDF

 Szendrei, Z., M. Kramer, and D. C. Weber.  2009.  Habitat manipulation in potato affects Colorado potato beetle dispersal.  Journal of Applied Entomology 133: 711–719. PDF

Szendrei, Zsofia , Matthew H. Greenstone, Mark E. Payton, and Donald C. Weber.  Molecular gut-content analysis of a predator assemblage reveals the effect of habitat manipulation on biological control in the field.  Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 153-161. PDF

Lundgren, Jonathan G., and Donald C. Weber.  Changes in digestive rate of a predatory beetle over its larval stage: implications for dietary breadth.  Journal of Insect Physiology 56: 431-437. PDF

Greenstone, Matthew H., Zsofia Szendrei, Mark E. Payton, Daniel L. Rowley, Thomas C. Coudron, and Donald C. Weber.  2010.  Choosing natural enemies for conservation biological control: use of the prey detectability half-life to rank key predators of Colorado potato beetle.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 136: 97-107.  PDF

 Greenstone, Matthew H., Donald C. Weber, Thomas C. Coudron, and Mark E. Payton.  2011.  Unnecessary roughness? Testing the hypothesis that predators destined for molecular gut-content analysis must be hand-collected to avoid cross-contamination.  Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 286–293. PDF

Seagraves, Michael P., Yukie Kajita, Donald C. Weber, John J. Obrycki, and Jonathan G. Lundgren.  2011.  Sugar feeding by coccinellids under field conditions: the effects of sugar sprays in soybean. BioControl 56: 305-314. PDF

Weber, Donald C., and Jonathan G. Lundgren.  2011.  Effect of prior diet on consumption and digestion of prey and non-prey food by adults of the generalist predator Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 140: 146-152.  PDF

 Mirsky, Steven B., Matthew R. Ryan, William S. Curran, John R. Teasdale, Jude Maul, John T. Spargo, Jeff Moyer, Alison M. Grantham, Donald Weber, Thomas R. Way, and Gustavo G. Camargo. 2012.  Conservation tillage issues: Cover crop-based organic rotational no-till grain production in the mid-Atlantic region, USA. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 27: 31-40.  PDF 

 Weber, Donald C.  2013.  Biological control of potato insect pests. Pp. 399-437 in Insect Pests of Potato: Global Perspectives on Biology and Management, edited by Philippe Giordanengo, Charles Vincent, and Andrei Alyokhin.  Academic Press, New York.  http://www.iobcnrs.com/mm_uploads/Weber-Potato_Insect_Pest_Biocontrol-2013.pdf

Greenstone, Matthew H., Donald C. Weber, Thomas A. Coudron, Mark E. Payton, and Jing S. Hu.  2012.  Removing external DNA contamination from arthropod predators destined for molecular gut-content analysis. Molecular Ecology Resources 12: 464–469.

 

Greenstone, Matthew H., Mark E. Payton, Donald C. Weber, and Alvin Simmons.  2014.  The detectability halflife in arthropod predatorprey research: What it is, why we need it, how to measure it, and how to use it.  Molecular Ecology 23: 3799-3813. doi: 10.1111/mec.12552.

 

Cabrera Walsh, Guillermo, Federico Mattioli, and Donald C. Weber. 2014.  A wind-oriented sticky trap for evaluating the behavioural response of Diabrotica speciosa (Germar) to bitter cucurbit extracts. International Journal of Pest Management 60: 46-51.   PDF

 

Weber, Donald C., Tracy C. Leskey, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, and Ashot Khrimian. 2014.  Synergy of aggregation pheromone with methyl (E,E,Z)-2,4,6-decatrienoate in attraction of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 107: 1061–1068. PDF

 

Khrimian, Ashot, Aijun Zhang, Donald C. Weber, Hsiao-Yung Ho, Jeffrey R. Aldrich, Karl E. Vermillion, Maxime A. Siegler, Shyam Shirali, Filadelfo Guzman, and Tracy C. Leskey.  2014. Discovery of the aggregation pheromone of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) through the creation of stereoisomeric libraries of 1-bisabolen-3-ols.  Journal of Natural Products 77: 1708-1717.  doi: 10.1021/np5003753. PDF

 

Cabrera Walsh, Guillermo, Federico Mattioli, and Donald C. Weber. 2014.  Differential response of male and female Diabrotica speciosa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to bitter cucurbit-based toxic baits in relation to the treated area size.  International Journal of Pest Management 60: 128-135.  PDF

 

Leslie, Alan W., Chris Sargent, Warren E. Steiner, Jr., William O. Lamp, Jil M. Swearingen, Benedict B. Pagac, Jr., Gaye L. Williams, Donald C. Weber, and Michael J. Raupp.  2014.  A new invasive species in Maryland: the biology and distribution of kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Plataspidae).  Maryland Entomologist  6(2): 2-23.

 

Weber, Donald C., Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Anthony S. DiMeglio, Michael M. Athanas, Tracy C. Leskey, and Ashot Khrimian.  Attractiveness of harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), aggregation pheromone: Field response to isomers, ratios and dose.  Journal of Chemical Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10886-014-0519-9PDF

 

Khrimian, Ashot, Shyam Shirali, Karl E. Vermillion, Maxime A. Siegler, Filadelfo Guzman, Kamlesh Chauhan, Jeffrey R. Aldrich, and Donald C. Weber. Stereochemical determination of the aggregation pheromone of harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).  Journal of Chemical Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10886-014-0521-2.  PDF

 

Older publications (1988-2002)

Selected recent research presentations

“An omnivore’s dilemma: Implications of diet mixing and switching in the lady beetle Coleomegilla maculata.  Donald C. Weber, Michael M. Athanas and Kanisha Ferguson.  Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Knoxville, November 2012 (poster).

 

”Synergy of brown marmorated stink bug aggregation pheromone with other attractants.”  Don Weber, Ashot Khrimian, and Tracy Leskey.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug IPM Working Group, Winchester Virginia, November 2012.

 

“Semiochemicals and biological control: Complexity in nature and in pest management.” Donald C. Weber and Jeffrey R. Aldrich.  Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 2013.

 

“Diet switching and mixing: an understudied phenomenon in natural enemies, and its implications.” Donald C.Weber and Jonathan G. Lundgren.  Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 2013.

 

“Aggregation pheromones of stink bugs and their use in pest management.”  Donald C. Weber, Ashot Khrimian, Tracy C. Leskey, Jeffrey R. Aldrich, and Jocelyn G. Millar.  Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Austin, November 2013.

 

“Wireworm populations increase dramatically in an organic reduced-tillage grain rotation in Maryland.”  Lauren Young, Mary Barbercheck, Steven Mirsky, and Donald C. Weber.  Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Austin, November 2013 (poster).

 

“Attraction of harlequin bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to male-produced pheromone and host plants in the field.”  Donald C. Weber, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Tracy Leskey, Anthony S. DiMeglio, Michael Athanas, Kamlesh Chauhan, and Ashot Khrimian. Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2014.

 

“Lethal low temperature in harlequin bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): the Polar Vortex takes its toll.”  Anthony S. DiMeglio, Brennan Bathauer, and Donald C. Weber.  Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2014.

 

"Aggregation pheromone of harlequin bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): Field attractiveness of components to males, females, and nymphs" Donald C Weber, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Michael M. Athanas, Anthony S. DiMeglio, Tracy C. Leskey, Kamlesh R. Chauhan and Ashot Khrimian.  Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Portland, Oregon, November 2014 (poster).

 

"Putting insect pheromones to use: New strategies for engineering trap crops?" Jason Lancaster, Dawn E. Gundersen-Rindal ,Donald C Weber, and Dorothea Tholl. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Portland, Oregon, November 2014 (graduate student poster).

 

"Marmorating: A day in the life of the brown marmorated stink bug rearing at USDA ARS Beltsville.”  Megan Herlihy, Nate Erwin, and Don Weber.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug IPM Working Group, Winchester Virginia, December 2014.


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