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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Colin S Brent
Research Entomologist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Young and old honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae differentially prime the developmental maturation of their caregivers -
Induction of a reproductive-specific cuticular hydrocarbon profile by a juvenile hormone analog in the termite zootermopsis nevadensis -
Brent, C.S., Penick, C.A., Trobaugh, B., Liebig, J. 2016. Induction of a reproductive-specific cuticular hydrocarbon profile by a juvenile hormone analog in the termite zootermopsis nevadensis. Chemoecology. 26(5): 195-203.
Development, survival and hatching periodicity of Lygus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae) eggs under constant and variable temperatures -
Spurgeon, D.W., Brent, C.S. 2016. Development, survival and hatching periodicity of Lygus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae) eggs under constant and variable temperatures. Journal of Entomological Science. 51(4):292-304.
Endocrine control of exaggerated traits in rhinoceros beetles -
Zinna, R., Gotoh, H., Brent, C.S., Dolezal, A., Kraus, A., Niimi, T., Emlen, D., Lavine, L. 2016. Endocrine control of exaggerated traits in rhinoceros beetles. Integrative & Comparative Biology. 56(2):247-259.
RNAi-mediated knockdown of the Halloween gene spookiest (CYP307B1) impedes adult eclosion in the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus Reprint Icon -
Van Ekert, E., Wang, M., Miao, Y., Brent, C.S., Hull, J.J. 2016. RNAi-mediated knockdown of the Halloween gene spookiest (CYP307B1) impedes adult eclosion in the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus. Insect Molecular Biology. 25(5):550-565.
Ecdysteroid and chitinase fluctuations in the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) prior to molt indicate roles in development -
Brent, C.S., Wang, M., Miao, Y., Hull, J.J. 2016. Ecdysteroid and chitinase fluctuations in the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) prior to molt indicate roles in development. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. 91(5):108-126.
De novo construction of an expanded transcriptome assembly for the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus Reprint Icon -
Tassone, E.E., Geib, S.M., Hall, B., Fabrick, J.A., Brent, C.S., Hull, J.J. 2016. De novo construction of an expanded transcriptome assembly for the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus. Gigascience. 5:6.
Western tarnished plant bug egg development and hatch under constant and variable temperatures -
Spurgeon, D.W., Brent, C.S. Western tarnished plant bug egg development and hatch under constant and variable temperatures. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. p.p. 180-185. 2016.
Starvation stress during larval development reveals predictive adaptive response in adult worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) -
Wang, Y., Kaftanoglu, O., Brent, C.S., Page Jr., R.E., Amdam, G.V. 2016. Starvation stress during larval development reveals predictive adaptive response in adult worker honey bees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Experimental Biology. 219:949-959.
Regulatory roles of biogenic amines and juvenile hormone in the reproductive behavior of the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) -
Brent, C.S., Katelyn, M., Connor, V., Brittany, M., Bronwen, S., Brent, K.G., Rachna, N. 2016. Regulatory roles of biogenic amines and juvenile hormone in the reproductive behavior of the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus). Journal of Comparative Physiology. 186(2):169-179.
Diapause response to photoperiod in an Arizona population of Lygus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae) Reprint Icon -
Spurgeon, D.W., Brent, C.S. 2015. Diapause response to photoperiod in an Arizona population of Lygus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae). Journal of Entomological Science. 50:238-247.
Transcriptome-based identification of ABC transporters in the western tarnished plant bug lygus hesperus Reprint Icon -
Hull, J.J., Chaney, K., Geib, S.M., Fabrick, J.A., Brent, C.S., Walsh, D., Lavine, L.C. 2014. Transcriptome-based identification of ABC transporters in the western tarnished plant bug Lygus hesperus. PLoS ONE. 9(11):e113046.
Exaggerated trait growth in insects -
Lavine, L.C., Gotoh, H., Brent, C.S., Dworkin, I., Emlen, D. 2015. Exaggerated trait growth in insects. Annual Review of Entomology. 60:453-472.
The draft genome of a termite illuminates alternative social organization -
Terrapon, N., Li, C., Robertson, H.M., Ji, L., Meng, X., Booth, W., Chen, Z., Childers, C.P., Glastad, K.M., Gokhale, K., Gowin, J., Gronenberg, W., Hermansen, R.A., Hu, H., Hunt, B.G., Huylmans, I., Khalil, S.M., Mitchell, R., Munoz-Torres, M.C., Mustard, J., Pan, H., Reese, J.T., Scharf, M.E., Sun, F., Vogel, H., Xiao, J., Yang, W., Yang, Z., Yang, Z., Zhou, J., Zhu, J., Brent, C.S., Elsik, C.G., Goodisman, M.A., Liberles, D.A., Roe, R.M., Vargo, E.L., Vilcinskas, A., Wang, J., Bornberg-Bauer, E., Korb, J., Zhang, G., Liebig, J. 2014. The draft genome of a termite illuminates alternative social organization. Nature Communications. 5:3636.
Neurohormonal changes associated with ritualized combat and the formation of a reproductive hierarchy in the ant Harpegnathos saltator -
Penick, C.A., Brent, C.S., Dolezal, K., Liebig, J. 2014. Neurohormonal changes associated with ritualized combat and the formation of a reproductive hierarchy in the ant Harpegnathos saltator. Journal of Experimental and Environmental Biology. 217:1496-1503.
Identification and characterization of a sex peptide receptor-like transcript from the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus Reprint Icon -
Hull, J.J., Brent, C.S. 2014. Identification and characterization of a sex peptide receptor-like transcript from the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus. Insect Molecular Biology. 23:301-319.
Characterization of male-derived factors inhibiting female sexual receptivity in Lygus hesperus -
Brent, C.S., Hull, J.J. 2014. Characterization of male-derived factors inhibiting female sexual receptivity in Lygus hesperus. Journal of Insect Physiology. 60:104-110.
The role of reduced oxygen in the developmental physiology of growth and metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila -
Callier, V., Shingleton, A.W., Brent, C.S., Ghosh, S.M., Kim, J., Harrison, J. 2013. The role of reduced oxygen in the developmental physiology of growth and metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila. Journal of Experimental Biology Online. 216:4334-4340.
Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection -
Carreck, N., Andree, M., Brent, C.S., Cox-Foster, D., Dade, H.A., Ellis, J.D., Hatjina, F., Vanenglesdorp, D. 2013. Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52:4.03.
Effect of diapause status and gender on activity, metabolism and starvation resistance in the plant bug Lygus hesperus Knight -
Brent, C.S., Klok, C.J., Naranjo, S.E. 2013. Effect of diapause status and gender on activity, metabolism and starvation resistance in the plant bug Lygus hesperus Knight. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 148(2):152-160.
Sequencing and de novo assembly of the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) transcriptome -
Hull, J.J., Geib, S.M., Fabrick, J.A., Brent, C.S. 2013. Sequencing and de novo assembly of the western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) transcriptome. PLoS One. 8:1.
Physiology and biochemistry of honey bees -
Hartfelder, K., Bitondi, M., Brent, C.S., Guidugli-Lazzarini, K.R., Simoes, Z.L., Stabentheiner, A. 2013. Physiology and biochemistry of honey bees. In:Dietermann, V., Ellis, J.D., Neumann, P.,editors. The COLOSS BEEBOOK, Volume I: Standard methods for Apis mellifera research. South Glamorgan, United Kingdom: Ibra Publications.
Juvenile hormone titres reflect social opportunities in the facultatively eusocial bee Megalopta genalis (Hymenoptera:Halictidae) -
Smith, A.R., Kapheim, K.M., Perez-Ortega, B., Brent, C.S., Wcislo, W.T. 2012. Juvenile hormone titres reflect social opportunities in the facultatively eusocial bee Megalopta genalis (Hymenoptera:Halictidae). Hormones and Behavior. 63:1-4.
Gustatory perception and fat body energy metabolism are jointly affected by vitellogenin and juvenile hormone in honey bees -
Wang, Y., Brent, C.S., Fennern, E., Amdam, G.V. 2012. Gustatory perception and fat body energy metabolism are jointly affected by vitellogenin and juvenile hormone in honey bees. PLoS Genetics. 8(6):e1002779.
Head butting as an early indicator of reproductive disinhibition in the termite zootermopsis nevadensis -
Penick, C.A., Trobaugh, B., Brent, C.S., Liebig, J. 2013. Head butting as an early indicator of reproductive disinhibition in the termite zootermopsis nevadensis. Journal of Insect Behavior. 26:23-24.
Classification of Diapause Status by Color Phenotype in Lygus hesperus -
Worker division of labor and endocrine physiology are associated in the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus -
Dolezal, A.G., Brent, C.S., Holldobler, B., Amdam, G. 2012. Worker division of labor and endocrine physiology are associated in the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus. Journal of Experimental Biology Online. 215:454-460.
Mate preference and disease risk in Zootermopsis angusticollis (Isoptera:Termopsidae -
Rosengaus, R.B., James, L., Hartke, T.R., Brent, C.S. 2011. Mate preference and disease risk in Zootermopsis angusticollis (Isoptera:Termopsidae. Environmental Entomology. 40(6):1554-1565.
Population genetic structure and colony breeding system in dampwood termites (Zootermopsis angusticollis and Z. nevadensis nuttingi) -
Booth, W., Brent, C.S., Calleri, D.V., Rosengaus, R.B., Traniello, J.F., Vargo, E.L. 2011. Population genetic structure and colony breeding system in dampwood termites (Zootermopsis angusticollis and Z. nevadensis nuttingi). Insectes Sociaux. 59:127-137.
Female attractiveness modulated by a male-derived antiaphrodisiac pheromone in a plant bug Reprint Icon -
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.
Reproduction, dominance, and caste: endocrine profiles of queens and workers of the ant Harpegnathos saltator Reprint Icon -
Penick, C.A., Liebig, J., Brent, C.S. 2011. Reproduction, dominance, and caste: endocrine profiles of queens and workers of the ant Harpegnathos saltator. Journal of Comparative Physiology. 197(11):1063-1071.
Intergenerational effect of juvenile hormone on offspring in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants -
Helms Cahan, S., Graves, C.J., Brent, C.S. 2011. Intergenerational effect of juvenile hormone on offspring in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants. Journal of Comparative Physiology. 181(8):991.
Adventures among ants: a global safari with a cast of trillions Reprint Icon -
Brent, C.S. 2011. Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions. American Entomologist. Vol. 57, No.2.
Diapause response of laboratory reared and native lygus hesperus knight (Memiptera:Miridae) -
Brent,C.S., Spurgeon,D.W. 2011. Diapause response of laboratory reared and native lygus hesperus knight (Memiptera:Miridae). Environmental Entomology. 40(2):455-461.
Post-mating Enhancement of Fecundity in Females Lygus hesperus -
Brent,C.S., Fasnacht,M.P., Judd,T.M. 2011. Post-mating enhancement of fecundity in females lygus hesperus. Physiological Entomology. 36:141-148.
Hormonal response to bidirectional selection on social behavior -
Brent, Colin, Amdam, Gro, Page, Robert Jr., and Fondrk, M Kim. (2010) Hormone response to bidrectional selection on social behavior. Evolution and Development. Wiley Periodicals. Vol. 12, N 5
Morphological characters of diapause in Lygus hesperus Knight (Hemiptera: Miridae) -
Spurgeon, D.W., Brent, C.S. 2010. Morphological characters of diapause in Lygus hesperus Knight (Hemiptera: Miridae). J. Entomol. Sci. 45(4):303-316.
Reproductive refractoriness in the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus Knight. -
Brent, C.S. 2010. Reproductive refractoriness in the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus Knight.. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 102:2 300-306.
Stage-Specific Effects of Population Density on the Development and Fertility of Lygus hesperus Knight -
Brent, C.S. 2010. Stage-Specific Effects of Population Density on the Development and Fertility of Lygus hesperus Knight. Journal of Insect Science. 10:49.
Reproduction of the Western Tarnished Plant Bug, Lygus hesperus, in Relation to Age, Gonadal Activity and Mating Status. -
Brent, C.S. 2010. Reproduction of the Western Tarnished Plant Bug, Lygus hesperus, in Relation to Age, Gonadal Activity and Mating Status. Journal of Insect Physiology.(56) 28-34.
Ant Ecdysteroid Extraction and Radioimmunoassay -
Brent, C.S., Dolezal, A. 2009. Ant Ecdysteroid Extraction and Radioimmunoassay. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.
Juvenile Hormone Extraction, Purification, and Quantification in Ants -
Brent, C.S., Dolezal, A. 2009. Juvenile Hormone Extraction, Purification, and Quantification in Ants. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.
Radiochemical Assay of Juvenile Hormone Biosynthesis Rate in Ants -
Brent, C.S., Dolezal, A. 2009. Radiochemical Assay of Juvenile Hormone Biosynthesis Rate in Ants. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.
General Dissection of Female Ant Reproductive System and Brain -
Dolezal, A., Brent, C.S. 2009. General Dissection of Female Ant Reproductive System and Brain. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.
Reproductive-specific cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in a termite: Evidence of convergent evolution in social insect signaling mechanisms. -
Liebig, J., Eliyahu, D., Brent, C.S. 2009. Reproductive-specific cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in a termite: Evidence of convergent evolution in social insect signaling mechanisms.. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63:1799-1807.
Cuticular hydrocarbon profiles indicate reproductive status in the termite Zootermopsis nevadensis. -
Liebig, J., Eliyahu, D., Brent, C.S. 2009. Cuticular hydrocarbon profiles indicate reproductive status in the termite Zootermopsis nevadensis.Behavioral Ecology-Sociobiology. DOI 10.1007/s00265-009-0807-5
Endocrine Physiology of the Division of Labour in Pogonomyrmex californicus Founding Queens -
Dolezal, A.G., Brent, C.S., Gadau, J., Hoelldobler, B., Amdam, G.V. 2009. Endocrine Physiology of the Division of Labour in Pogonomyrmex californicus Founding Queens. Animal Behaviour. 77 pg 1005-1010
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