July 26, 2014 − by Lesly Colón − in Blog, News − Comments Off on WORKSHOP ON WHITEFLY TAXONOMY

Check here for the online link to the lectures on Tuesday and Friday

The Center is organizing the workshop (Jul 28th to Aug 1st), which is part of its mission and considering that Puerto Rico is geopolitically located in a key strategic position and has the potential to host and play a crucial role in studies of Prevention and Preparedness for Invasive Species. The island is located in a region where the probability of interception of new pests coming to all Caribbean and American continent is high and where a proactive approach could serve as the front line for management of invasive species. Whiteflies are a complex of insect pests of cosmopolitan distribution, and they have a large impact on food production and economy due to damage generated associated with viruses and their hosts. About 1,200 species are described, the most have different host plants, but some are specific. These species attack a wide variety of ornamental, wild and cultivated plants. A hands-on workshop on whitefly taxonomy and survey strategies will improve the capabilities to identify properly and monitor potential pest species.

PERIOD and LOCAL: Jul 28th to Aug 1st,Botanical Garden South 1193 Guayacan St.  
INSTRUCTOR:  Ian Stocks, PhD        
                         Entomologist, Curator of Coccoidea, Aleyrodidae and Trichoptera
                         Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and    
                        Consumer Services Gainesville, Florida  
                                Carlos Flores , UPR-AES, CID RP  
ORGANIZATION:  Alberto Galindo- Cardona, PhD, (UPR, AES)
                              Scott Weihman, (USDA, APHIS, PPQ)
                              Amy Roda, PhD , (USDA, APHIS, PPQ)
                              Jose Carlos Verle Rodrigues, PhD (UPR, AES)


Monday (7:00am)

Jul 28th Field day – Survey between Juana Diaz and Toro Negro State Park (Altitude gradient sea level to 1,000 meters)

Tuesday (8:00am)

Jul 29th Morning
Whitefly Taxonomy (Ian Stocks)
Survey of Whiteflies in Puerto Rico (Dr. Alberto Galindo-Cardona)
 Afternoon       Laboratory

 Wednesday (am)

Jul 30st  Sample processing and morphological identification-Laboratory

Thursday (8:00am)

Jul 31st  Sample processing and morphological identification-Laboratory

Friday (8:00am)    
Aug 1st  Lecture: “History and phylogenetic biology of the Bemisia tabaci 
sibling species group” (1h)
Dr. Judith Brown (Univ Arizona)
Final sampling and general discussion on whiteflies of Puerto Rico
Specimen Clearing Protocol for Coccoidea and Whiteflies
Survey at Botanical Garden


Ian Stocks is a Taxonomic Entomologist with the Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Curator of Coccoidea, Aleyrodidae and Trichoptera with the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FDACS-DPI). Dr. Stocks received his PhD in Entomology from Clemson University in 2009. Dr. Stocks’ dissertation work was on the functional and comparative morphology of wing coupling systems in caddisflies, but he also has broad taxonomic experience with other arthropod groups. Dr. Stocks began working for DPI in 2010 and specializes in the identification of scales, mealybugs and whiteflies, and has participated as an instructor in many teaching workshops and research projects with DPI, USDA, University of Florida and Florida A&M University. SUPPORT AND COLLABORATION

 University of Puerto Rico
Agricultural Experimental Station
Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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