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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Junwei J Zhu (Jerry)

Research Entomologist


  • B.S. in Biology (Entomology), Shanghai Normal University, China, 1982
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology/Animal Ecology/Ecotoxicology, Lund University, Sweden, 1995

Research Interests:

Semiochemical-based integrated pest management in agricultural and urban settings. Discovery and development of novel repellent/feeding deterrent and alternative antimicrobial agents for animal protection.


Major Project Activities: 

My research currently focuses on developing sustainable integrated agricultural and livestock pest management technologies and disseminating useful information and technologies to customers/stakeholders. This research is one of components of ARS National Program 104 (Arthropod Pests of Animals and Humans) that involves basic and applied studies to solve high priority problems related to the loss of livestock productivity attributed to problems with food safety and manure-borne pathogen transmittal by insects. Another part of my research includes exploring novel biorational methods to control blood-sucking or other nuisance insect pests in dairy, agricultural and urban settings.


Selected Publications:


JJ. Zhu, BJ. Wienhold, J. Wehrle, D. Davis, H. Chen, DB, Taylor, KM. Friesen and L. Zurek.  Efficacy and longevity of the newly developed microencapsulated-catnip as an oviposition deterrent and a larvicide against stable flies.  Med & Vet Entomol. (online early view, DOI: 10.1111 /mve.12029)  2013.


JJ Zhu, MF Chaudhury, K Tangtrakulwanich, SR Skoda. Identification of oviposition attractants of the secondary screwworm, Cochliomyia macellaria (F.) released from rotten chicken liver. J. Chem. Ecol. (online early view, DOI: 10.1007/s10886-013-0359-z)  2013.


K. Qian, J. Zhu, SR. Sims, DB Taylor and XP. Zeng. Identification of Volatile Compounds from a Food-Grade Vinegar Attractive to House Flies (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 106(2):979-987.  2013.


J. Yu, M. Mazarei, N. Zhao, JJ. Zhu, X. Zhuang, W. Liu, V. Pantalone, P Arelli, N. Stewart, F. Chen. Overexpression of a soybean salicylic acid methyltransferase gene confers resistance to soybean cyst nematode. Plant Biotech. J. 11:1135-1145.  2013.


DB. Taylor, K. Friesen and J. Zhu. Spatial-Temporal Dynamics of Stable Fly (Diptera: Muscidae) Trap Catches in Eastern Nebraska. J. Environ. Entomol. 42(3):524-531.  2013.


JJ. Zhu, D. R. Berkebile, C.A. Dunlap, A. Zhang, D. Boxler, K, Tangtrakulwanich, R.W. Behle, F. Baxendale G. Brewer.   Nepetalactones from the essential oil of Nepeta cataria represent a stable fly feeding and ovipositional repellent.  Med & Vet Entomol. 26:131-138.  2012.


NS. Behrens, J. Zhu and J. Coats. Pan trapping soybean aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) using attractants. J. Econ. Entomol. 105: 890-895.  2012.


DB. Taylor, K. Friesen, JJ. Zhu, and K. Sievert. Efficacy of cyromazine to control immature stable flies developing in winter hay feeding sites. J. Econ. Entomol. 105(2): 726-731.  2012.


PY. Li, J. Zhu and YC Qin. Enhanced attraction of Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) to pheromone-baited traps with the addition of green leaf volatiles. J. Econ. Entomol. 105(4): 1149-1156.  2012.


J. Coats, G.E. Schultz, and Zhu J.  Biorational repellents obtained from terpenoids for use against arthropods. (US Patent Number: 7,939,091).  2011.


J. Zhu.  Contact and spatial repellency from catnip essential oil, Nepeta cataria, against stable fly and other filth flies. In "Recent Development in Invertebrate and Vertebrate Repellents" (eds. Costs, Johnston and Paluch). ACS Book series. Vol. 1090, pp 79-96.  2011


K. Tangtrakulwanich, H. Chen, F. Baxendale , G. Brewer ,and J. Zhu.  Characterization of olfactory sensilla of Stomoxys calcitrans and electrophysiological responses to odorant compounds associated with their host and oviposition media. Med & Vet Entomol. 25:327-336.  2011


JJ. Zhu, C. Dunlap, R. Behle, D. Berkebile and B. Wienhold. Development of a wax-based repellent formulation for stable fly management. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58: 12320-12326.  2010.


J. Zhu.  Infochemical-tritrophic interactions of soybean aphids-host plants-natural enemies and their practical applications in pest management. In " Recent Advances in Entomological Research: From Molecular Biology to Pest Management" (eds. Liu and Kang). The Higher Education Press (Beijing). pp. 112-117.  2010. (ISBN 9787040291261)


J. Zhu, X-P. Zeng, D. Berkebile, H-J. Du, Y. Tong and K. Qian. Efficacy and safety of a novel filth fly repellent. Med & Vet Entomol. 23:209-216.  2009.


Zhu, J., S. Polavarapu, K. Park, C. Garvey, D. Mahr, S. Nojima, W. Roelofs, and T. Baker. Evidence of pheromone polymorphism in Sparganothis sulfureana (Clemens) discovered in two US states, Wisconsin and New Jersey. J. Asia-Pacific Entomol. 12: 247-252.  2009.


G. Paluch, J. Coats, J. Zhu, and L. Bartholomay. Amyris and siam-wood essential oils: Insect Activity of Sesquiterpenes. ACS Symp. Ser. Vol. 1015: 5-18.  2009.


 J. Zhu, X. Zeng, M. O'Neal, G. Schults, B. Tucker, J. Coats, L. Bartholomay and R. Xue. 2008. Mosquito larvicidal activity of botanical-based mosquito repellents J. Am. Mosq. Contr. Assc. 24(1):161-168.


Wei, J., L. Wang, J. Zhu, S. Zhang, O. Nandi, L. Kang. Plants attract parasitic wasps to defend themselves against insect pests by releasing hexenol. PLoSOne, Sept. Issue 9, e852:1-9.  2007.


J. Zhu, A. Zhang, K-C. Park, T. Baker, B. Lang, R. Jurenka, J. Obrycki, W. Graves, J. Pickett, D. Smiley, K. Chauhan, and J. Klun (2006). Sex pheromone of the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines Matsumura, and its potential use in semiochemical-based control. Environ. Entomol. 35:249-257


J. Wei, J. Zhu, L. Kang (2006). Volatiles released from bean plants in response to agromyzid flies. Planta 224:279-287.


J. Zhu and K-C. Park (2005). Methyl salicylate, a soybean aphid-induced plant volatile attractive to the predator Coccinella septempunctata. J. Chem Ecol. 31:1733-1746


J. Zhu, J. Obrycki, S. Ochieng, T. Baker, J. Pickett and D. Smiley (2005). Attraction of two lacewing species to volatiles produced by host plants and aphid prey. Naturwissenschaften 92:277-281


J Zhu, Kye-Chung Park, and Thomas C. Baker (2003) Volatiles identified from overripe mango attractive to vinegar fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster. J. Chem. Ecol. 29:881-891


Kye-Chung Park, Sameul Ochieng, J Zhu, and Thomas C. Baker (2002) Odor discrimination using insect electroantennogram responses from an insect antennal array. Chem. Sense. 27:343-352.


J Zhu, Rikard Unelius, Kye-Chung Park, Sameul A. Ochieng, John Obrycki, and Thomas, C. Baker (2000) Identification of (Z)-4-tridecene from the defensive secretion of the green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 26(10):2421-2434.


J Zhu, Allard Coss?, John Obrycki, Kyung Saeng Boo and Thomas, C. Baker (1999) Electroantennogram responses of Colleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) to semiochemicals associated with their prey and host plant. J. Chem. Ecol. 25(5):1163-1177.


J Zhu, Bonnie B. Chastain, Bryan G. Spohn and Kenneth F. Haynes (1997) Assortative mating in two pheromone strains of the cabbage looper moth, Trichoplusia ni. J. of Insect Behavior10:805-817


J Zhu, Christer L?fstedt and Bengt O. Bengtsson. (1996) Genetic variation in the strongly canalized pheromone system of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis H?bner (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Genetics 144 (2):757-766.


J Zhu, Chenghua Zhao, Fang Lu, Marie Bengtsson and Christer  L?fstedt. (1996) Pheromone reductase specificity and its ratio regulation of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 26 (2):171-176.

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