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Agricultural Research Service

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Chemistry Research
Beck, John
Research Leader
1700 S.W. 23RD DRIVE

The primary mission of the Chemistry Research Unit is to identify, understand, and manipulate the chemistry and chemical communication of plant/insect, plant/microbe, and insect/microbe interactions that control, regulate, or modify insect and/or microbial behavior. Utilizing their expertise in chemistry, entomology, chemical ecology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, genetics, and plant physiology, scientists of the Chemistry Research Unit are able to investigate plant/insect/microbe interactions from a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the overall ecology of an agricultural system. In addition to considering the biotic pests of agricultural systems, Chemistry Research Unit scientists further investigate the effect of abiotic stressors (i.e., climate change – carbon dioxide, drought, temperature) on complex plant/insect/microbe interactions. The ultimate goal of our research is to develop new, environmentally safe methods for practical control of insect pests and microbial pests, as well as understanding the plant’s response to induced biotic and abiotic stressors. Projects currently under investigation include: control of Varroa mites and small hive beetle on honey bees; beneficial nematodes as biocontrol agents; molecular response of maize for defense against armyworm; and, plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA)-deficient maize lines for studying the interactions between biotic and abiotic stressors.

  Southeast Area
    Gainesville, Florida
      Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology
      Chemistry Research
Alborn, Hans
(352) 374-5714

Research Chemist
Baig, Nausheena
(352) 374-5705

Biological Science Lab Technician
Balon, Amanda
(352) 374-5705

Biological Science Aid
Beck, John
(352) 374-5730

Research Leader
Block, Anna
(352) 374-5761

Research Molecular Biologist
Bruton, Robert
(352) 374-5705

Biological Science Lab Technician
Christensen, Shawn
(352) 374-5739

Research Plant Physiologist
Diaz-Ruiz, Dawn
(352) 374-5936

Biological Science Lab Technician
Forguson, Bevin
(352) 374-5738

Biological Science Lab Technician
Friman, Erika
(352) 374-5705

Biological Science Aid
Howard, Jeniveve
(352) 374-5788

Hunter, Charles
(352) 374-5858

Research Geneticist
Li, Qin-Bao
(352) 374-5758

Molecular Biologist
Martin, Margaret
(352) 374-5731

Program Assistant (Office Automation)
McDaniel, Tian
(352) 374-5705

Miller, William Bill
(352) 374-5718

Student Trainee (Biological Science)
Rering, Caitlin
(352) 374-5705

Research Chemist
Romero, Maritza
(352) 538-3598

Mechanical Engineer
Samuel, Kadeem
(352) 374-5705

Biological Science Aid
Scierka, Dawid
(352) 374-5715

Biological Science Lab Technician
Smith, Bryan
(352) 374-5960

Biological Science Aid
Stuhl, Charles
(352) 374-5722

Tang, Hoang
(352) 374-5788

Willett, Denis
(352) 374-5967

Willms, Steve
(352) 374-5715

Biological Science Technician
Last Modified: 8/27/2016
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