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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

John A. Byers

Research Entomologist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Sex pheromone component ratios and mating isolation among three lygus plant-bug species of North America - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (20-Oct-13)
Aggregation pheromones of bark beetles, pityogenes quadridens and P. bidentatus, colonizing scotch pine: olfactory avoidance of interspecific competition - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (21-Jul-13)
Modeling and regression analysis of semiochemical dose-response curves of insect antennal reception and behavior - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2013. Modeling and regression analysis of semiochemical dose-response curves of insect antennal reception and behavior. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 39(8):1081-1089.
Ecological interactions of bark beetles with host trees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2012. Ecological interactions of bark beetles with host trees. Psyche. 2012:1-3.
Modelling female mating success during mass trapping and natural competitive attraction of searching males or females - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. (2012). Modelling female mating success during mass trapping and natural competitive attraction of searching males or females. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 145:228-237.
Attraction of the tea aphid, toxoptera aurantii, attraction to combinations of volatiles and colors related to tea plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Han, B., Zhang, Q.H., Byers, J.A. 2012. Attraction of the tea aphid, Toxoptera aurantii, to combinations of volatiles and colors related to tea plants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 144:258-269.
Effect of trap color and height on captures of blunt-nosed and sharp-nosed leafhoppers (hemiptera: cicadellidae) and non-target arthropods in cranberry bogs - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
hRodriguez-Saona, C.R., Byers, J.A., Schiffhauer, D. 2012. Effect of trap color and height on captures of blunt-nosed and sharp-nosed leafhoppers (Hemiptera: cicadellidae) and non-target arthropods in cranberry bogs. Crop Protection 40:132-144.
Bark beetles, pityogenes bidentatus, orienting to aggregation pheromone avoid conifer monoterpene odors when flying but not when walking - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2012. Bark beetles, pityogenes bidentatus, orienting to aggregation pheromone avoid conifer monoterpene odors when flying but not when walking. Psyche Vol. 2012, ID 940962, pp.1-10.
Estimating insect flight densities from attractive trap catches and flight height distributions - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2012. Estimating insect flight densities from attractive trap catches and flight height distributions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38:592-601.
Host-tree monoterpenes and biosynthesis of aggregation pheromones in the bark beetle ips paraconfusus - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A., Birgersson, G. 2012. Host-tree monoterpenes and biosynthesis of aggregation pheromones in the bark beetle ips paraconfusus. Psyche Vol. 2012, ID 539624, pp. 1-10.
A population genetic model of evolution of host-mate attraction and nonhost repulsion in a bark beetle Pityogenes bidentatus - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2012. A population genetic model of evolution of host-mate attraction and nonhost repulsion in a bark beetle Pityogenes bidentatus. Psyche. 2012:1-9.
Attraction of tomicus yunnanensis (coleoptera:scolytidae) to yunnan pine logs with and without periderm or phloem: an effective monitoring bait - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lu, R.C., Wang, H.B., Zhang, Z., Byers, J.A., Jin, Y.J., Wen, H.F., Shi, W.J. 2012. Attraction of tomicus yunnanensis (coleoptera: scolytidae) to yunnan pine logs with and without periderm or phloem: an effective monitoring bait. Psyche Vol. 2012, ID 794683, pp.1-5.
Coexistence and competition between Tomicus Yunnanensis and T. minor (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in yunnan pine - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lu, R.C., Wang, H.B., Zhang, Z., Byers, J.A., Jin, Y.J., Wen, H.F. 2012. Coexistence and competition between Tomicus Yunnanensis and T. minor (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in yunnan pine. Psyche. vol.2012,pp.1-6.
Coexistence and competition between tomicus yunnanensis and T. minor (Coeoptera: Scolytidae)in yunnan pine - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lu, R.C., Wang, H.B., Zhang, Z., Byers, J.A., Jin, Y.J., Wen, H.F., Shi, W.J. 2012. Coexistence and competition between tomicus yunnanensis and T. minor (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Yunnan pine. Psyche Vol. 2012, ID 185312, pp.1-6.
Female attractiveness modulated by a male-derived antiaphrodisiac pheromone in a plant bug Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Brent, C.S., Byers, J.A. (2011). Female attractiveness modulated by a male-derived antiaphrodisiac pheromone in a plant bug. Animal Behaviour, 82:937-943.
Analysis of vertical distributions and effective flight layers of insects: three-dimensional simulation of flying insects and catch at trap heights - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2011. Analysis of vertical distributions and effective flight layers of insects: three-dimensional simulation of flying insects and catch at trap heights. Environmental Entomology. 40(5):1210-1222.
Individual variation of (S)-4-methyl-3-heptanone in heads of braconid wasp, Leiophron uniformis, and Pogonomyrmex ants indicates costs of semiochemical production - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers,J.A., Zada,A. 2010. Individual variation of (S)-4-methyl-3-heptanone in heads of braconid wasp, Leiophron uniformis, and Pogonomyrmex ants indicates costs of semiochemical production. Chemoecology. 21:35-44.
Photosynthesis and assimilate partitioning between carbohydrates and isoprenoid products in vegetatively active and dormant guayule: physiological and environmental constraints on rubber accumulation in a semiarid shrub - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Salvucci, M.E., Barta, C., Byers, J.A., Canarini, A. 2010. Photosynthesis and assimilate partitioning between carbohydrates and isoprenoid products in vegetatively active and dormant guayule: physiological and environmental constraints on rubber accumulation in a semiarid shrub. Physiological Plantarum. 140:368-379.
Olfactory and visual responses of the long-legged chafer hoplia spectabilis medvedev (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Qinghai province, China - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, Q., Ma, J., Byers, J.A., Klein, M.G., Luo, Y., Zhao, F., Yang, Q. 2011. Olfactory and visual responses of the long-legged chafer hoplia spectabilis medvedev (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Qinghai province, China. Pest Management Science. 67(2):162-169.
Chemical ecology of bark beetles in regard to search and selection of host trees - (Book / Chapter)
Byers, J.A., Zhang, Q.H. 2010. Chemical ecology of bark beetles in regard to search and selection of host trees, pp. 88-111. In, Recent Advances in Entomological Research (eds.) T.X. Liu and L. Kang. The Higher Education Press (Beijing).
Effect of temperature and CO2-enrichment on photosynthesis and the levels of carbohydrates and isoprenoid pathway products in guayule, a latex producing shrub - (Abstract Only) - (14-Mar-10)
Development of sol-gel formulations for slow release of phermones - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zada, A., Falach, L., Byers, J.A. 2009. Development of sol-gel formulations for slow release of pheromones. Chemoecology. 19:37-45.
Modeling distributions of flying insects: Effective attraction radius of pheromone in two and three dimensions. Journal of Theoretical Biology - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. (2009). Modeling distributions of flying insects: Effective attraction radius of pheromone in two and three dimensions. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 256:81-89.
Volatiles induced by larvae of asian corn borer (Ostrinia furnacalis) in maize plants affect behavior of conspecific larvae and female adults - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Huang, C.H., Yan, F.M., Byers, J.A., Wang, R.J., Xu, C.R. 2009. Volatiles induced by the larvae of asian corn borer (ostrinia furnacalis) in maize plants affect behavior of conspecific larvae and female adults. Insect Science. 16:311-320.
Lygus spp. (Heteroptera: Miridae) host-plant interactions with lesquerella fendleri (Brassicaceae), a new crop in the arid southwest - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blackmer, J.L., Byers, J.A. (2009). Lygus spp. (Heteroptera: Miridae) host-plant interactions with Lesquerella fendleri (Brassicaceae), a new crop in the arid southwest. Environmental Entomology, 38:159-167.
Potential of ‘lure and kill’ in long-term pest management and eradication of invasive species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
El-Sayed, A.M., Suckling, D.M., Byers, J.A., Jang, E.B., Wearing, C.H. 2009. Potential of ‘lure and kill’ in long-term pest management and eradication of invasive species. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102:815-835.
Active space of pheromone plume and its relationship to effective attraction radius in applied models - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. (2008). Active space of pheromone plume and its relationship to effective attraction radius in applied models. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 34:1134-1145.
Aphids as crop pests - (Other)
Byers, J.A. 2008. Aphids as crop pests. Crop Science. 48:823-824.
Floral scent of Canada thistle, and its potential as a generic insect attractant - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
El-Sayed, A.M., Byers, J.A., Manning, L.M., Jurgens, A., Mitchell, V.J., Suckling, D.M. 2008. Floral scent of Canada thistle, and its potential as a generic insect attractant. Journal of Economic Entomology 101(3):720-727
Early detection and mass trapping of frankliniella occidentalis and thrips tabaci in vegetable crops - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Natwick, E.T., Byers, J.A., Chu, C., Lopez, M., Henneberry, T.J. (2007). Early detection and mass trapping of frankliniella occidentalis and thrips tabaci in vegetable crops. Southwestern Entomologist, 32:229-238.
Simulation of mating disruption and mass trapping with competitive attraction and camouflage - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2007. Simulation of mating disruption and mass trapping with competitive attraction and camouflage. Environmental Entomology 36:1328-1338.
Evaluation of color traps for monitoring lygus spp.: design, placement, height, time of day, and non-target effects - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blackmer, J.L., Byers, J.A., Rodriguez-Saona, C. 2008. Evaluation of color traps for monitoring lygus spp.: design, placement, height, time of day, and non-target effects. Crop Protection 27:171-181.
Evaluation of color traps for monitoring Lygus spp.: Design, placement, height, time of day, and non-target effects - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blackmer, J.L., Byers, J.A., Rodriguez-Saona, C. 2008. Evaluation of color traps for monitoring Lygus spp.: Design, placement, height, time of day, and non-target effects. Crop Protection Journal Vol 27: 171-181.
Potential of Mass Trapping for Long-Term Pest Management and Eradication of Invasive Species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
El-Sayed, A.M., Suckling, D.M., Wearing, H.C., Byers, J.A. 2006. Potential of mass trapping for long-term pest management and eradication of invasive species. Journal of Economic Entomology 99(5): 1550-1564.
Production and predator-induced release of volatile chemicals by the plant bug Lygus hesperus - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2006. Production and predator-induced release of volatile chemicals by the plant bug Lygus hesperus. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32:2205-2218.
Analysis of Insect and Plant Colors in Digital Images Using Java Software on the Internet - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2006. Analysis of insect and plant colors in digital images using java software on the internet. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99(5): 865-874.
Visual and Volatile Preferences of the Generalist Herbivore, Lygus Hesperus (Heteroptera: Miridae) - (Proceedings)
Blackmer, J.L., Byers, J.A., Rodriguez-Saona, C.R. 2006. Visual and volatile preferences of the generalist herbivore, lygus hesperus (heteroptera: miridae). In P. Dugger and D. Richter, eds., Proc. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference 1048-1052.
Monoterpene Chemodiversity of Ponderosa Pine in Relation to Herbivory and Bark Beetle Colonization - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Thoss, V., Byers, J.A. 2006. Monoterpene chemodiversity of ponderosa pine in relation to herbivory and bark beetle colonization. Chemoecology 16: 51-58.
Pheromone Component Patterns of Moth Evolution Revealed by Computer Analysis of the Pherolist - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2006. Pheromone component patterns of moth evolution revealed by computer analysis of the pherolist. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:399-407.
Area-Wide Models Comparing Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Treatments for Control of Dispersing Insect Pests - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A., Castle, S.J. 2005. Area-wide models comparing synchronous versus asynchronous treatments for control of dispersing insect pests. Journal of Economic Entomology 98(6): 1763:1773.
Chemical Constraints on the Evolution of Olfactory Communication Channels of Moths - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2005. Chemical constraints on the evolution of olfactory communication channels of moths. Journal of Theoretical Biology 235: 199-206.
A Cost of Alarm Pheromone Production in Cotton Aphids, Aphis Gossypii - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A. 2005. A cost of alarm pheromone production in cotton aphids, aphis gossypii. Naturwissenschaften 92:69-72.
Behavioral response of Lygus hesperus to conspecifics and headspace volatiles of alfalfa in a y-tube olfactometer - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blackmer, J.L., Rodriguez-Saona, C., Byers, J.A., Shope, K.L., Smith, J.P. 2004. Behavioral response of Lygus hesperus to conspecifics and headspace volatiles of alfalfa in a y-tube olfactometer. Journal of Chemical Ecology Vol 30(8): 1547-1564.
Avoidance of Nonhost Plants by a Bark Beetle, Pityogenes Bidentatus, in a Forest of Odors - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Byers, J.A., Zhang, Q., Birgersson, G. 2004. Avoidance of nonhost plants by a bark beetle, pityogenes bidentatus, in a forest of odors. Naturwissenschaften 91:215-219.
Behavioral Response of Lygus Hesperus to Conspecifics and Headspace Volatiles of Alfalfa in a Y-Tube Olfactometer - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blackmer, J.L., Rodriguez-Saona, C., Byers, J.A., Shope, K.L., Smith, J. 2004. Behavioral response of lygus hesperus to conspecifics and headspace volatiles of alfalfa in a y-tube olfactometer. Journal of Chemical Ecology 30: 1529-1546.
Equations for Nickel-Chromium Wire Heaters of Column Transfer Lines in Gas Chromatographic-Electroantennographic Detection (Gc-Ead) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
BYERS, J.A. EQUATIONS FOR NICKEL-CHROMIUM WIRE HEATERS OF COLUMN TRANSFER LINES IN GAS CHROMATOGRAPHIC-ELECTROANTENNOGRAPHIC DETECTION (GC-EAD). JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS. 2004. 135:89-93.
Chemical Ecology of Bark Beetles in a Complex Olfactory Landscape - (Book / Chapter)
Byers, J.A. 2004. Chemical ecology of bark beetles in a complex olfactory landscape. Book Chapter in Bark and Wood Boring Insects in Living Trees in Europe, A Synthesis, F. Lieutier, K.R. Day, A. Battisti, J.C. Gregoire, H.F. Evans, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 89-134.
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