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Joni Blount (CV)

Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Information

Address: Department of Entomology
University of Georgia 
1109 Experiment St.
Cowart Bldg.
Griffin, GA 30223-1797

Email: jonilb@uga.edu

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Education

2007-2011 B.S. in Agricultural Biology, from New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural , Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science

2012 - Current Pursuing PhD in Entomology, University of Georgia.

Major Professor
Dr. G.David Buntin

Research

I am conducting my doctoral research on the Kudzu Bug Megacopta cribraria, determining its phenology in kudzu as well as soybean. Biology of the Kudzu Bug in relation to maturity group and planting date as well as host preference of several legume species have been the primary focus of my research. I am also looking at movement in relation to biology of kudzu bug to and from kudzu and soybean throughout the year.

Employment

2007-2011, IPM Lab, under direction from Dr. C. Scott Bundy- lab and field assistant

2012-Current, Research Assistant, UGA Griffin, Entomology, under the direction of Dr. G. David Buntin

Research Presented

Blount, J., Bundy, C.S. “Seasonal development of the beet leafhopper, Neoaliturus tenellus (Baker) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), on desert hosts in southern New Mexico” 2010 Entomological Society of America. (Poster)

Blount, J., Bundy, C.S.“Seasonal development of the beet leafhopper, Neoaliturus tenellus (Baker) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), on desert hosts in southern New Mexico” 2011 Southwest Branch of the Entomological Society of America (Talk)

Blount, J., G. D. Buntin and A. Sparks. 2013. 2014. Host preference of the kudzu bug Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) on selected edible beans and soybean. In Proceedings 87th and 88th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Blount, J., G. D. Buntin and A. Sparks. 2013. 2014. Host preference of the kudzu bug Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) on selected edible beans and soybean. In Proceedings 77th and 78th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society.

Blount, J., G. D. Buntin and A. Sparks. 2013. Host preference of the kudzu bug Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) on selected edible beans and soybean. In Proceedings 61th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

Blount, J., G. David Buntin and P.M. Roberts. 2014. Effect of planting date and maturity group on soybean yield response to injury by the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria F. (Hemiptera: Plataspidae). In Proceedings 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and P.M. Roberts 2015. Interaction of kudzu Pueraria montana var. lobata with the kudzu bug Megacopta cribraria as a pest of soybeans. In Proceedings of 68th Annual Meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and P.M. Roberts 2015. Effect of planting date and maturity group on soybean yield in response to injury by the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae). In Proceedings of 89th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Blount, J., W.A. Gardner, W. Jones 2015. Will anything eat the bug that eats the plant that ate the south? In Proceedings of 89th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Student Symposium on Biological Control.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and P.M. Roberts. 2015. Effect of planting date and maturity group on soybean yield in response to injury by the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae). In Proceedings of 79th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin, P.M. Roberts, W.A. Gardner and J. All. 2015. Interaction of kudzu, Pueraria montana var. lobata with the kudzu bug Megacopta cribraria as a pest of soybean. In Proceedings of 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and M.D. Toews. 2015. Megacopta cribraria in the Soybean Agro-ecosystem. In Proceedings of 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. (Invited poster: Partnerships for Developing Synergistic Solutions Addressing an Invasive Soybean Pest: A Six-Year Study of the Kudzu Bug Megacopta cribraria)

Publications

Gardner, Wayne A., Blount, J. L., Golec, Julian R., Jones, Walker A., Ping Hu, Xing, Talamas, Elijah J., Evans, Richard M., Dong, Xiangli, Ray, Charles H. Jr., Buntin, G. David, Gerardo, Nicole M., Couret, Jannelle. (2013). “Discovery of Paratelenomus saccharalis (Dodd) (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), and egg parasitoid of Megacopta cribrariaF. (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) in its expanded North American range” Journal of Economic Entomology 48 (4): 355-359.

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and A.N. Sparks. 2015. Host preference of Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) on selected edible beans and soybean. http://jee.oxfordjournals.org/jee/early/2015/05/05/jee.tov090.full.pdf

Blount, J., G.D. Buntin and P. M. Roberts. 2015. Effect of planting date and maturity group on soybean yield response to injury by Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae). http://jee.oxfordjournals.org/jee/early/2015/05/05/jee.tov090.full.pdf

 

 

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