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Entomology Students

Cheri M. Abraham

Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Information

Address: Department of Entomology
UGA-Griffin Campus
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA 30223-1797

Email: abrahamc@uga.edu
Phone: (770)-228-7297
FAX: (770)-228-7287

Cheri Abraham

Academic History

2009-Present:  Pursuing Ph.D. in Entomology. Dept. of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens
2008: M.S. Entomology, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
2004: B.Sc. Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India

My Research

My research interest broadly is in turf and ornamental entomology.  Currently under the tutelage of Dr. S. Kristine Braman and Dr. Ronald D. Oetting, my focus is on developing an IPM strategy for Greenhouse Gerbera management.

Leafminers are the major pest group that drives this protected culture, and is what determines the success of any commercial grower. Excessive insecticidal sprays fuelled by low tolerance for floral damage resulted in resistance to majority of the chemicals thrown at them, if not all. Effective biological control agents against Liriomyza leafminers are present and have been implemented successfully. However, influx of secondary pests like mites, thrips, whiteflies and aphids warrant pesticide application and thereby disrupt biocontrol. I am trying to find a combination of pesticides and biocontrol agents that can keep the primary and secondary pests of this system at bay.

My M.S. work with Dr. David W. Held (currently at Auburn University) focused on bicontrol of Scapteriscus mole crickets using a wasp Larra bicolor. I also had the opportunity to work a little on Polistes wasps on turf.

I am also interested in teaching and extension, hence continually strive to involve and evolve into a better educator.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Abraham, C. M. et al. Effect of biocontrol on Human survival (in review- American Entomologist)

Abraham, C.M  2010. Current evaluation procedures of GMOs are adequate to determine their long-term impacts on the environment and human health- Introduction. American Entomologist 56 (2):110-111.

Abraham, C. M. and D. W. Held. D. W. 2010. Biology of Larra bicolor, a parasitoid of mole crickets, and potential ornamental plants as nectar sources. Turf and Environmental Research Online 9(4):1-12.

Abraham, C.M., D. W. Held., C. Wheeler. 2010. Seasonal and Diurnal Activity of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) and Potential Ornamental Plants as Nectar Sources. Applied Turfgrass Science: http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/sub/ats/research/2010/nectar/

Held, D. W., C. Wheeler, and C. M. Abraham, K. M. Pickett. 2008. Paper wasps (Polistes sp.) attacking fall armyworm larvae (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Turfgrass. Applied Turfgrass Science: 5. http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/pub/ats/research/2008/wasps/

Abraham, C. M., and D. W. Held. 2008. First report of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in Alabama. Mid South Entomologist 1: 81-84.

Extension Publications
:

Abraham, C. M. Biography for ESA fellow Joe W. Lewis. For Entomological Society of America (submitted).

Abraham, C. M. Larra bicolor- The mole cricket killer wasp. FACES- a University of Georgia Extension publication (submitted).

Abraham, C. M.  and D. W. Held. 2010. Exploring nectar sources for wasps that kill mole crickets. Record (USGA Green section- publication on turfgrass management) 48(2): 12-14.

Abraham, C.M. Story of Larra bicolor and mole crickets. Glowworm, a 4 H publication. Fall 2008.

Abraham, C. M. and D. W. Held. Research Update on the mole cricket hunting wasps. Tee to Green Lousiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendent Association of America Newsletter, Fall 2007.

Abraham, C. M. and D. W. Held. Cicada Killer Wasps – the latest emergence…… Mississippi Turf Association Newsletter, Aug. 2007.

Presentations

Paper Presentations:
Invited Presentations:
Abraham C. M. Beneficial and non-beneficial insects in our gardens. McIntosh trail Master Gardeners meeting. Griffin, GA Oct 2010.

Abraham C. M. Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) for biocontrol of Scapteriscus mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN. May 2010.

Abraham C.M et al. Biological control of insects has deleterious impacts on human health and agricultural food crops, while providing only temporary solutions to insect pest problems, and should be discontinued. Con Position- Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, December 2009.

Abraham C.M. Higher studies- Why United States is an option. Meet with Alumni College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur, Kerala, India, June 2009.

Abraham C.M. The story of Larra bicolor and Scapteriscus mole crickets. College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur, Kerala, India, June 2009.

Abraham C.M.  Current evaluation procedures of GMOs are adequate to determine their long-term impacts on the environment and human health- An Introduction. National meeting ESA, Reno, NV November 2008.

Abraham C. M. and Held D.W. Update on bio controls (Larra bicolor) for mole cricket at Mississippi State University. Turf Field Day, MSU. September 2008.

Abraham C. M. and Held D.W. Larra bicolor – mole cricket killing wasps. Mississippi Turf Association, Philadelphia, MS. October 2007.

Abraham C. M. and Held D.W. Larra bicolor – The Mole Cricket Killers. Turf Field Day, MSU. September 2007.

Student Presentations:
Abraham C. M., S. K. Braman, and R. D. Oetting. Integrating Miticides in management of Greenhouse Gerberas. GES/SCES Joint meeting, Hickory Knob National Park Resort, SC. October 2010.

Abraham C. M.  Turf Pests- Chemical or natural control- Department of Entomology, University of GA, Athens, GA. February 2010.

Abraham C. M.  Wasps and Bees in Turf- Department of Entomology, University of GA, Athens, GA. February 2010.

Abraham C. M. Color Vision in Insects- Investigating the red light visibility. Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. April 2009.

Abraham C. M. and D. W. Held. Pentas as nectar source for Larra bicolor an ectoparasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole crickets, Georgia Entomological Society, Hiawassee, GA. April 2009.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Larra bicolor an ectoparasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole crickets, H.O. Lund Week Celebrations, Athens, GA. March 2009.

Abraham C. M. and D.W.  Held. Pentas lanceolatus a landscape plant as nectar source for Larra bicolor an ectoparasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole crickets, Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. November 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Ecology of  Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera:Sphecidae) in the Northern Gulf, Thesis Defense, Starkville, MS. October 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Ornamental plants as a nectar source for Larra bicolor  an ectoparasitoid on Scapteriscus mole crickets, and their effect on parasitism, Research update, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University, MS. April 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Nectar sources for Larra bicolor  an ectoparasitoid on Scapteriscus mole crickets,  Graduate Student Association Symposium, Mississippi State University, MS. April 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Pentas lanceolatus as a nectar source for Larra bicolor  an ectoparasitoid on Scapteriscus mole crickets, South Eastern Branch, Entomological Society of America, Jacksonville, FL. March 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D. W. Held. Ornamental plants as nectar sources for Larra bicolor. Mississippi Entomological Society annual meeting Starkville, MS. October 25 2007.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Seasonal life history and suitability of horticultural plants as nectar sources for Larra bicolor, A Parasitoid of Mole Crickets, In The Northern Gulf Coast. USGA Grant Review Committee, Biloxi, MS., July 2007.

Abraham C. M. Ornamental Plants as Nectar source for Larra bicolor and ectoparasitoid on Scapteriscus Mole crickets. MS thesis proposal Presentation Mississippi State University, MS. November 2006.

Abraham C. M. and D. W. Held. Ornamental plants as potential nectar sources for Larra bicolor. Mississippi Entomological Society annual meeting Starkville, MS. October 2006.

Poster Presentations:
Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Pentas lanceolatus as a nectar source for Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) an ectoparasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole Crickets. Turf Meeting, Gainesville, FL October 15 2008.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Ornamental plants as nectar source for Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) an ectoparasitoid of Scapteriscus Mole Crickets. Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 11 2007.

Held D.W., C. Wheeler and C.M. Abraham. Paper wasps (Polistes spp.) as predators in Turfgrass. Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 12 2007.
Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Larra bicolor – The Mole Cricket Hunters. Mississippi Turf Association, Philadelphia, MS. October 29 2007.

Abraham C. M. and D.W. Held. Larra bicolor – The Mole Cricket Killers. Turf Field Day, MSU. September 2007.

Wheeler, C., D.W. Held and C.M. Abraham. Polistes wasps as indicators for Army worm population in turf. Turf Field Day, MSU. September 2007.

 

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