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RECENT PUBLICATIONS (most recent back to 2009)

(jump to >> older publications or recent presentations)

Weber, Donald C., Ashot Khrimian, Maria C. Blassioli-Moraes, and Jocelyn G. Millar. Semiochemistry of Pentatomoidea. Chapter 15 in: Biology of Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species (J. McPherson et al., eds.).  CRC Press, in press

Sparks, Michael E., Joshua H. Rhoades, David R. Nelson, Daniel Kuhar, Jason Lancaster, Bryan Lehner, Dorothea Tholl, Donald C. Weber, and Dawn E. Gundersen-Rindal.  2017.  A transcriptome survey spanning life stages and sexes of the harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica.  Insects 8, 55; doi:10.3390/insects8020055 PDF

Weber, Donald C., William R. Morrison III, Ashot Khrimian, Kevin B. Rice, Tracy C. Leskey, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Anne L. Nielsen, and Brett R. Blaauw.  2017.  Chemical ecology of Halyomorpha halys: Discoveries and applications.  Journal of Pest Science, DOI: 10.1007/s10340-017-0876-6.  PDF

Shirali, Shyam,  Filadelfo Guzman, Donald C. Weber, and Ashot Khrimian.  2017. Expedient synthesis of bisabolenol stink bug pheromones via stereodefined cyclohex-2-enones. Tetrahedron Letters, 58: 2066–2068.  PDF

DiMeglio, Anthony S., Anna K. Wallingford, Donald C. Weber, Thomas P. Kuhar, and Donald Mullins.  2016.  Supercooling points of Murgantia histrionica (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) and field mortality in the mid-Atlantic United States following lethal low temperatures.  Environmental Entomology 45: 1294–1299. PDF

Cornelius, M.L., Dieckhoff, C., Hoelmer, K.A., Olsen, R.T., Weber, D.C., Herlihy, M.V., Talamas, E.J., Vinyard, B.T., Greenstone, M.H.  2016.  Biological control of sentinel egg masses of the exotic invasive stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stål) in Mid-Atlantic USA ornamental landscapes. Biological Control 103: 11-20. PDF

Herlihy, Megan V., Elijah J. Talamas, and Donald C. Weber. 2016. Attack and success of native and exotic parasitoids on eggs of Halyomorpha halys in three Maryland habitats. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150275. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150275.

Cabrera Walsh, Guillermo, Anthony S. DiMeglio, Ashot Khrimian, and Donald C. Weber.  2016.  Marking and retention of harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica (Hahn) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), on pheromone baited and unbaited plants.  Journal of Pest Science 89: 21-29. PDF

Talamas, Elijah J., Megan V. Herlihy, Christine Dieckhoff, Kim Hoelmer, Matthew Buffington, Marie-Claude Bon, and Donald C. Weber. 2015. Trissolcus japonicus (Ashmead) emerges in North America.  Journal of Hymenoptera Research 43: 119-128.PDF

Leskey, Tracy C., Ashot Khrimian, Donald C. Weber, Jeffrey C. Aldrich, Brent D. Short, Doo-Hyung Lee, and William R. Morrison. 2015. Behavioral responses of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to traps baited with stereoisomeric mixtures of 10,11-epoxy-1-bisabolen-3-ol.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 41: 418-429.  PDF

Leskey, Tracy C., J. Arthur Agnello, Christopher Bergh, Galen P. Dively, George C. Hamilton, Peter Jentsch, Ashot Khrimian, Gregorz Krawczyk, Tom P. Kuhar, Doo-Hyung Lee, William R. Morrison III, Dean F. Polk, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Peter W. Shearer, Brent D. Short, Paula M. Shrewsbury, James F. Walgenbach, Celeste Welty, Joanne Whalen, Donald C. Weber, and Nik Wiman. 2015.  Attraction of the invasive Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to traps baited with pheromonal and kairomonal stimuli across the United States. Environmental Entomology 44: 746-756. PDF

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. 2014. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 1251-1259. PDF

Khrimian, Ashot, Shyam Shirali, Karl E. Vermillion, Maxime A. Siegler, Filadelfo Guzman, Kamlesh Chauhan, Jeffrey R. Aldrich, and Donald C. Weber. 2014.  Stereochemical determination of the aggregation pheromone of harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 1260-1268.   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.

Greenstone, Matthew H., Mark E. Payton, Donald C. Weber, and Alvin Simmons.  2014.  The detectability half-life in arthropod predator-prey 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.  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. 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. 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., 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

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

Szendrei, Zsofia , Matthew H. Greenstone, Mark E. Payton, and Donald C. Weber. 2010. 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.  2010.  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

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

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.).

 


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Selected research presentations (2014-present)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"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; see above figure).

 

"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.

 

"Field attraction of harlequin bug to aggregation pheromone combined with plants and plant volatiles."  Donald C. Weber, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Anthony S. DiMeglio, and Ashot Khrimian. Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, March 2015.

 

"Parasitoids of brown marmorated stink bug eggs: Comparison of three egg mass types in three Maryland habitats."  Megan Herlihy, Elijah Talamas, and Donald C. Weber. Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, March 2015.

 

"Taking the bait: When is attract-and-kill technology appropriate?" Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, March 2015.

 

"Brown marmorated stink bug pheromone: Interplay of purity, cross-attraction and synergy for an invasive insect species (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)."  Donald C. Weber, Tracy C. Leskey, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, and Ashot Khrimian.  International Society of Chemical Ecology Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2015.

 

"Pheromones: Pests, Promise, Practice, Prospects." Agriculture and Environment Seminar, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia, October 2015.

 

"Interplay of insect and plant volatiles in attraction of harlequin bug."  Donald C. Weber, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Anthony S. DiMeglio, Megan V. Herlihy, Emma Thrift, and Ashot Khrimian.  Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Minneapolis, November 2015.

 

"Developing an effective trap-and-kill device for harlequin bug: importance of trap color and semiochemical attractants."  A.S.Dimeglio, T.P. Kuhar, and D.C. Weber. Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Philadelphia, January 2016.

 

"Habitat effects on egg parasitism of brown marmorated stink bug and the native spined soldier bug." M. Herlihy, D.C. Weber, E. Talamas, and E.L. Fread. Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Philadelphia, January 2016.

 

"Making sense of brown marmorated stink bug biological control."  Don Weber, Megan Herlihy, and Elijah Talamas.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug IPM Working Group, Rutgers University, June 2016.

 

"New tools for vegetable pests in urban farms and gardens."  First Conference on Urban Agriculture and Sustainability in the Northeast Region, University of the District of Columbia (UDC), June 2016.

“Pheromones of Pentatomoidea: New discoveries for application to pest management. Donald C. Weber, Ashot Khrimian, Maria Blassioli-Moraes, and Jocelyn G. Millar. International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, September 2016, Invited Symposium Presentation, paper 3391.

“Pentatomid permutations: Semiochemical mixology for stink bug attraction.” Department of Entomology Colloquium, University of Maryland, November 2016.

“Have we got the right ratio?  Attraction of brown marmorated stink bug to different pheromone ratios, and to different ratios of mixed pheromone and (E,E,Z)-methyl-2,4,6-decatrienoate (MDT) .”  Don Weber, Rob Morrison, Ashot Khrimian, and Tracy Leskey.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug IPM Working Group, Winchester, Virginia, November 2016.

“An aggregation of stink bug semiochemical research for ecological understanding and pest management.” Invited Seminar at 1187th meeting of the Entomological Society of Washington, Smithsonian Institution, December 2016.

Proactive semiochemical intelligence against invasive species: Stereoisomeric chemical libraries for pheromone discovery & development.”  Don Weber and Ashot Khrimian, Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, March 2017.

“Movement of marked vegetable pests, with and without pheromone lures.” Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, March 2017.

“Misleading the harlequin bug using synthetic volatiles to alter host plant choice.” Emma Thrift, Megan Herlihy, and Don Weber, Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, March 2017 (poster).

“Harlequin bug attractants: complexity and possible significance to other stink bug species.”  Don Weber and Ashot Khrimian, International Heteroptera Symposium and Workshop, Monterey, California, April 2017. 

“Brown marmorated stink bug pheromone: Purity, ratio and dose response, cross-attraction and synergy.”  Don Weber, Tracy Leskey, William R. Morrison III, and Ashot Khrimian, International Heteroptera Symposium and Workshop, Monterey, California, April 2017 (poster).

Upcoming Presentation in 2017:

“Accidental introductions of natural enemies: causes and implications.” Don Weber and Kim Hoelmer.  Fifth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Langkawi, Malaysia, September 2017. 

 


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