Gregg Henderson

Henderson, Gregg
Title Emeritus Professor
Department Entomology Department
Address 1 A511 Life Sciences Bldg. (Annex)
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-1831
Fax 225-578-1643


2012.Recognition Award in Urban Entomology.SEBESA

2009.2008 Editor's choice award for Outstanding Paper of the year.American Entomologist

2009. Recognition Award in Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology. SEBESA

2007. Selected for the first Paul K. Adams Endowed Professorship of Entomology

2002. Certificate of Appreciation for LSU Summer Institute, Louisiana Pest Control Association

2000. Certificate of Recognition for “Innovative Work Toward the Control of

Formosan Termites”, the Vieux Carre’ Commission.

1999. Award for Research Excellence, Orkin Pest Control ($3000)

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS FUNDED (>$6.5 million total):


2008,2009,2010,2011. LDAF ($30,000/year)

2008,2009,2010. DuPont ($25,000/year)

2008,2009. BASF ($12,000/year)

2007. LEQSF Equipment grant LC-MS/MS ($130,000)

2007. LDAF ($30,000)

2007. DuPont. Termiticide testing ($23,000)

2006. Albemarle Corp. Wood treatment testing ($50,000)

2006. USDA-ARS, IPM program for control of termites in levees ($60,000)

2006. BASF Corp. field research (18,000)

2006. Makhteshim-Agan, termite testing ($8,000)

2005. FMC lab research ($5,000)

2002. USDA-ARS, Biology and control Formosan subterranean termite ($266,825)

2002. USDA-ARS, Vetiver Grass Extracts and Other Natural Extracts


2002. Spectrum Brand, Testing pop-ups ($15,000)

2002-08. Governor's Biotechnology Initiative Funding, Developing Bagasse/Polymer

fiber composites (with J. Chen and Q. Wu ($500,000; 5 yr)

2002. LSU/LPCA Summer Institute Grant ($851.65)

2002. Aventis, Entomological Research ($12,900)

2002. BASF, Termite testing in field ($10,100)

2002. Makhteshim-Agan, termite testing ($8,000)

2002. Fiber Composites Corp, Wood treatment tests (2,000)

2002. Aventis, Termite field studies ($7,500)

2002. LDAF Formosan termite project ($63,000)

2002. LDAF, Research on Formosan termites ($30,000)

2002. MeadWestvaco, wood treatment studies ($10,000)

Refereed Journal Articles (total >100):

Gautam, B. K., and G. Henderson. 2012. Escape behavior of Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in response to disturbance. J. Insect Behav. 25: 70-79.

Gautam, B. K., and G. Henderson. 2011. Effect of soil type and exposure duration on mortality and transfer of chlorantraniliprole and fipronil on Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 2025-2030.

Gautam, B. K., and G. Henderson. 2011. Relative humidity preference and survival of starved Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) at various temperature and relative humidity conditions. Environ. Entomol. 40:1232-1238.

Gautam, B.K, and G. Henderson. 2011. Wood consumption by Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) as affected by wood moisture content and temperature. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 104: 459-464.

Gautam, B.K., and G. Henderson. 2011. Effects of sand moisture level on food consumption and distribution of Formosan subterranean termies (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) with different soldier proportions. J. Entomol. Sci. 46: 1-13.

Mao L. G. Henderson, and C. W. Scherer. 2011. Toxicity of seven termiticides on the Formosan and Eastern subterranean termites. J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 1002-1008.

Ibrahim, S. A., G. Henderson, A. M. Younis and R. A. Laine. 2010. Toxicity and inhibition of feeding and tunneling response of naphthalene and 10 derivatives on the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 2132-2139.

Mao, L., and G. Henderson. 2010 Evaluation of potential use of nootkatone against maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky) and rice weevil [S. oryzae (L.)] (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Stored Products Research, 46: 129-132

Mao, L., and G. Henderson. 2010. Group size effect on worker juvenile hormone titers and solider differentiation in Formosan subterranean termite. J. Insect Physiol. 56: 725-730.

Nagendra, N. H., B. K. Gautam and G. Henderson. 2010. Effects of oil-based paint marking on the foraging behavior of Formosan subterranean termites. Sociobiology 55: 369-378.

Sauer, A. M., W. E. Crowe, G. Henderson and R. A. Laine 2010. Hydrogenation selectivity of the bicycle[4,4,0]decane ring system of valencanes. Synlett No. 3 pp. 0445-0448.

Zhu, B.C.R., G. Henderson, A. M. Sauer, W. Crowe and R. A. Laine. 2010. Structural requirements for repellency: norsesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenoid derivatives of nootkatone against the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Pest Manag. Sci. 66: 130- 134.

Veillon, L., S. Muniruzzaman, G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2010. Toxic effects of 2-deoxy-D –galactose on Formosan subterranean termies and symbionts (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ Entomol. 103: 1647-1656.

Nagendra, N.H., B.K. Gautam and G. Henderson, 2010. Effects of oil-based paint marking on the foraging behavior of Formosan subterranean termites. Sociobiology 55:369-378.

Mao, L. G. Henderson and S-L Dong, 2010. Studes of precocene I, precocene II and biogenic amines on Formosan subterranean termites. J. Entomol. Sci. 45: 27-34.

Miyazaki, M., L. Mao, G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2009. Liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric quantitation of juvenile hormone III in whole body extracts of the Formosan subterranean termite. Journal of Chromatography B, 877: 3175-3180.

Yang, X., G. Henderson, L. Mao and A. Evans. 2009. Application of ground penetrating radar in detecting the hazards and risks of termites and ants in soil levees. Environ. Entomol. 38(4): 1241-1249.

Yang, X., G. Henderson, L. Mao and N. Nagendra. 2009. Detecting Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) nests using ground penetrating radar. Sociobiology. 54(2): 1-17.

Dong, S-L. L Mao and G. Henderson, 2009. Physical contact between soldier and worker is essential for self-regulation of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Insectes Sociaux 56: 28-34.

Gautum, B.K., and G. Henderson, 2008. Effects of m-tyrosine on feeding and survival of Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Annals Entomol. Soc. Amer. 101: 1088-1093

Henderson, G, 2008. The termite menace in New Orleans: did they cause the floodwalls to tumble? American Entomologist 54: 156-162.

Dong, S.-L. and G. Henderson. 2008. Density effect on alate wing-drop of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 51: 381-391.

Ohta, Masaya, Fumito Matsuura, Gregg Henderson, and Roger A. Laine, 2007, Novel free ceramides as components of the soldier defense gland of the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes.formosanus) J. Lipid Res. 48: 656-664.

Sauer, AM, Crowe, WE, Henderson, G, Laine, RA, 2007 Conformational Control of Selectivity in the Dienone-Phenol Rearrangement, Tetrahedron Lett. 48: 34-38.

Habibpour, B., M. S. Mossadegh, G. Henderson, S. Moharramipour. 2007. Laboratory evaluation of two insect growth regulators (IGRs) on Microcerotermes diversus (Silvestri) (Isoptera: Termitidae) in southwest Iran. Sociobiology 50: 1199-1209.

Mao, L., and G. Henderson. A case for a free-running rhythm in soldier developmental time in the Formosan subterranean termite. 2007. Insectes Sociaux 54: 388-392

Jayasimha, P. and G. Henderson. 2007. Fungi isolated from integument and guts of Coptotermes formosanus and their antagonistic effect on Gleophyllum trabeum. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100: 703-710.

Jayasimha, P. and G. Henderson. 2007. Suppression of Growth of a Brown Rot Fungus, Gloeophyllum trabeum by Formosan Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100 (4): 506-511.

Chen. Y., L. Sun, I. Negulescu, Q. Wu and G. Henderson. 2007. Comparitive study of hemp fiber for nonwoven composites. J. Indust. Hemp, 12: 27-45.

Mao. L., and G. Henderson. 2007, Antifeedent activity and acute and residual toxicity of alkaloids from Sophora flavecens (Leguminosae) against Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 100: 866-870.

Jayasimha, P., and G. Henderson. 2007. Effect of Aspergillus flavus and Trichoderma harzianum on survival of Coptotermes formosanus (Ispotera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 49: 135-141.

Mao, L., and G. Henderson. 2006. Ultrastructure of the head and mouthparts of Coptotermes formosanus presoldier and soldier. Sociobiology 48: 649-659.

Nix, K. E., G. Henderson, B. C. R. Zhu and R. A. Laine. 2006. Evaluation of vetiver grass root growth, oil distribution, and repellency against Formosan subterranean termites. HortScience 41: 167-171.

Mao, L., G. Henderson. W. J. Bourgeois, J. A. Vaughn and R. A. Laine. 2006. Vetiver oil and nootkatone effects on the growth of pea and citrus. Industrial Crops and Products 23: 327-332.

Mao. L., G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2005. Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) frontal gland secretion and their fatty acid constituent activity on red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 46: 141-154.

Mao, L., G. Henderson, Y. Liu and R. A. Laine. 2005. Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) regulate juvenile hormone levels and caste differentiation in workers. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 98: 340-345.

Fei, H., and G. Henderson. 2005. Increased search tunnel formation by Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in 2-phenoxyethanol treated sand. J. Entomol. Sci. 40: 327-336.

Fei, H., G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2005. Trail-following behavior of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) on concentrartion gradients of 2-phenoxyethanol. Sociobiology 45: 483-494.

S. A. Ibrahim, G. Henderson, H. Fei and R.A. Laine. 2005. 2-Phenoxyethanlol is a double-edged sword against the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Biopesticides International 1: 25-37.

Liu, Y., G. Henderson, H. Fei and R. A. Laine. 2005. Seasonal variation of juvenile hormone titers of Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus (Rhinotermitidae). Environ. Entomol. 34: 557-562.

Liu, Y., G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2005. Effects of temperature and nutrition on juvenile hormone titers of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 98: 732-737.

Zhu, B.C.R., G. Henderson and R.A. Laine. 2005. A screening method for inhibitors against Formosan subterranean termite Beta-Glucoisidases in vivo. J. Econ. Entomol. 98: 41-46.

Ibrahim, S. A., G. Henderson, B.C. R. Zhu, H. Fei, and R. A. Laine. 2004. Toxicity and behavioral effects of nootkatone, 1,10-dihydronootkatone, and tetrahydronootkatone to the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 97, 102-111.

Ibrahim, S.A., G. Henderson, H. Fei and R. A. Laine. 2004. Toxic and repellent effects of 2’acetonaphthone on Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 43:429-443.

Mao, L., G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2004. Germination of various weed species in response to vetiver oil and nootkatone. Weed Technology 18: 263-267.

Ibrahim, S.A., G. Henderson, H. Fei and R.A. Laine. 2004. Survivorship, tunneling and feeding behaviors of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in response to 2’acetonaphthone-treated sand. Pest management Science 60: 746-754.

Fei, H., and G. Henderson 2004. Effects of temperature, directional aspects, light conditions and termite species on subterranean termite activity (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Environ. Entomol. 33: 242-246.

Smith, W.R., T.L. Amburgey, G. Henderson and D.R. Ring. 2004. Facility for conducting field tests on Coptotermes formosanus at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. 2004. Forest Products Journal 54: 26-29.

Fei, H.X. and G. Henderson. 2003. Comparative study of incipient colony development in the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae). Insect. Soc. 50: 226-233.

Hardt, M., Y. Guo, G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2003. Zymogram with Remazol brilliant blue-labeled Micrococcus lysodeikticus cells for the detection of lysozymes: Examples of a new lysozyme activity in Formosan termite defense secretions. Analytical Biochemistry 312: 73-76.

Nix, K.E., G. Henderson and R.A. Laine, 2003, Field evaluation of nootkatone and tetrahydronootaktone as wood treatments against Coptotermes formosanus. Sociobiology 42: 413-424.

Sauer, A. M., F. R. Fronczek, B.C.R. Zhu, W. E. Crowe, G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2003. The sesquiterpenoid nootkatone and the absolute configuration of a dibromo derivative. Acta Cryst. 59: 254-256.

Sun, J., J. R. Fuxa and G. Henderson. 2003. Effects of virulence, sporulation and temperature on Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana laboratory transmission in Coptotermes formosanus. J. Invert. Path. 84: 38-46.

Sun, J., J.R. Fuxa and G. Henderson. 2003. Virulence and in vitro characteristics of pathogenic fungi isolated from soil by baiting with Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Entomol. Sci. 38: 342-358.

Zhu, B.C.R, G. Henderson, A.M. Sauer, Y. Yu, W. Crowe and R. A. Laine. 2003. Structure-activity of valencenoid derivatives and their repellency on the Formosan subterranean termite. J. Chem. Ecol. 29: 2695-2701.

Zhu, B. C. R., G. Henderson, H. Fei, X. Ying and R. A. Laine. 2003. Terpene-induced morphological changes to exoskeleton of Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): Toxic effects of of cis-nerol. J. Entomol. Sci. 38: 225-233.

Zhu, B. C. R., G. Henderson, Y. Yu and R. A. Laine. 2003. Toxicity and repellency of Patchouli oil and Patchouli alcohol against Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Agric. Food Chem. 51: 4585-4588.

Ibrahim, S., G. Henderson and H. Fei. 2003. Toxicity, repellency and horizontal transmission of fipronil in the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera. Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 461-467.

Fei, H., and G. Henderson. 2002. Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) wood consumption and worker survival as affected by termperature and soldier proportion. Environ. Entomol. 31: 509-514.

Maistrello, L., G. Henderson and R. A. Laine. 2002. Comparative effects of vetiver oil, nootkatone, and octaborate tetrahydrate on Coptotermes formosanus and its symbiotic fauna. Pest Management Science 59: 23-31.

Gatti, S. S., G. Henderson, Y.A.I. Abdel-Aal and S. A. Ibrahim. 2002. Acetylcholinesterase mediated susceptibility of soldiers and workers of Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) to chlorpyrifos. J. Econ. Entomol. 95: 813-819.

Sun, J., J. R. Fuxa and G. Henderson. 2002. Sporulation of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana on Coptotermes formosanus and in vitro. J. Invert. Path. 81: 78-85.

Book Chapters

Henderson, G., 2008. Bioactive compounds to prevent insect degradation of wood pp. 241-255, In: Development of Commercial Wood Preservatives (T.P. Schultz, H. Militz, M.H. Freeman, B. Goodell and D. D. Nicholas, eds). ACS Symposium Series 982. American Chemical Society, Washington DC, Oxford University Press.

Henderson, G., and R. Pichard. 2000. Paper Wasps (S. Jones and R. Gold, eds.). Entomology Handbook, Publication of the Entomological Society of America. Pp. 41-44.

Henderson, G. 1998. Primer pheromones and possible soldier caste influence on the evolution of sociality in lower termites, pp. 314-330, In: Pheromone Communication in Social Insects. R. K. Vander Meer, M. Breed, M. Winston, and K. Espelie (eds.). Westview Press.

Henderson, G., and B. T. Forschler. 1996. Termite bait screening using naturally-infested trees, pp. 449-458. In: Proc. 2nd Inter. Conf. on Insect Pests in Urban Environ. K. B. Widley, ed., Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 - I 0 July 1996.

Non-refereed Articles (total 78):

Henderson, G. 2010. Under Attack by Termites. Louisiana Agriculture, Fall 2010 p.22-23.

Henderson, G. 2010. Where have all the swarmers gone? 40th annual Univ. Kentucky Pest Control Short Course. Univ. Kentucky Extension Service Publication. p. 16.

Henderson, G., 2008. The importance of controlling subterranean termites in trees. Forest Products Society Proceedings No. 7220. ISBN 978-1-892529-53-4

Henderson et al. 2008. Are you smarter than a termite researcher? p. 36-43 PCT Magazine. February issue

Forschler, B. T., S. C. Jones, B. Kard, G. J. Baumann, G. Henderson, D. Suiter, P. Baker, H, Howell, R. Gold and D. Jackson. 2007 (March). Subterranean termite management: Still an ongoing process. Pest Control 88-95.

Shupe, T., D. Ring, A. Morgan, G. Henderson, Q. Wu. 2006. Use preservative-treated wood and integrated pest management when rebuilding, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, SREF-WP-001 (May).

Habibpour, B., M. S. Mossadegh, G. Henderson and S. Moharramipour. 2006. Effects of two growth regulators (IGRs) on Microtermes diversus (Silvertri) (Isoptera: Termitidae) in southwest, Iran. International Research Group/ Wood Protection 06-10601, 12pp.

Henderson, G., 2004. The paybacks and trade-offs of teaching urban entomology, Proceedings of the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May, p. 100.

Ibrahim, S., S. Kambham, G. Henderson and P. Jayasimha. 2004. Toxicity and repellency of sesame oil on Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in treated sand. Proceedings of the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May, p. 61-63.

Liu, Y., L. Mao,and G. Henderson 2004. Seasonal variation fo juvenile hormone titers of Formosan termite Coptotermes formosanus (Rhinotermitidae). Proceedings of the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May, p. 64-68.

Nix, K., H. Fei, and G. Henderson. 2004. Examination of extrinsic factors affecting flight periodicity of Formosan subterranean termite. Proceedings of the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May, p. 43.

Goa, Y., B.C.R. Zhu, G. Henderson, L Mao and R. A. Laine. 2004. Progress of research on the novel proteins from the frontal gland of Formosan termites-from discovery to gene cloning and expression. Proceedings of the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May, p. 121-123.

Smith, W.R., T. L. Amburgey, G. Henderson and D. Ring. 2003. Field tests facility on Coptotermes formosanus at LSU Agricultural Center. IRG-WG Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, May

Henderson, G., 2003. Liquid learning. Pest Control, October 48-50.

Nix, K., P. McLaughlin and G. Henderson. 2003. Eau d’Termites are here. LPMA Association News, Spring 2003, Vol. 9: 7-10.

Henderson, G., and H. Fei. 2002. Comparison of native subterranean termite and Formosan subterranean termite biology, ecology, and methods of control, Forest Products Society, Madison, WI 4pp.

Ring, D.R., G. Henderson and C.R. McCown. 2002. Evaluation of the Louisiana State Program to treat trees infested with Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). pp. 259-266. In: Proc. 4th Inter. Conf. Urban Pests (S.C. Jones, J. Zhai, W. H. Robinson, eds.), Pocahontas Press, Blacksburg, Virginia.


Courses Taught:

Insect Behavior 4100 ( Fall 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007,2009,2011).

This course offers basic instruction in insect behavior and is designed to be of interest to all disciplinesin the life sciences; the behavior of social insects is emphasized.
Chemical Ecology of Insects 7001 (Spring 2006).

Seminar course and tool used in chemical ecology of insects. Students present a semester long project on a tool use in the study on the chemical ecology of insects.

Insects in the Environment 2001 (Fall 2006, 2007,2010).

Undergraduate course that introduces insects to the student. An insect collection is required.

Arthropods of Medical and Urban Importance (Fall 2002).

The objective of this new course was to bring into one unbrella classes on the arthropods that are of medical and urban importance. This eliminated the redundancy in two courses taught separately. This decision was also based on low enrollments.

Household Insects 4001 (Fall, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008).

The objectives of this course are to familiarize the student with the behavior, ecology, life histories, identification and control of insect inquilines of humans. The student will gain an appreciation of insect life in nature and develop an integrated pest management philosophy for controlling indoor and outdoor pests found in close association to humans.

Insect Morphology 4014 (Fall, 1991, 1993).

This class focused on laboratory examination of insect form and function. Lectures emphasize evolutionary relationships. Students completed a semester long morphological study on an insect of their choice.

Summer Pest Control Institute (Summer, 1991 through 2011).

Pest control operators are given classroom instruction on pest insect biology, ecology and control for eight hours a week over a six week period. Specimens for laboratory identification are made available. Many students use this course to prepare for their pest control license exam.

Master Termite Training Center (approximately 1 class per month, 1992 through 2011).

In coordination with Extension entomologists and the Louisiana Pest Control Association (LPCA) this course provides detailed instruction on the biology and control of termite species, especially the Formosan subterranean termite.

Graduate Students Advised:

Name Degree Graduation Date

Jian Chen Ph.D. 1995

Thesis title: Behavioral and chemical ecology of Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki

Sridevi Gatti M.S. 1995

Thesis title: Toxicological studies on Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae), castes

Justin Hedlund M.S. 1998

Thesis title: Aspects of searching and tunneling behavior in resource utilization by the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki

Jennifer McMichael M.S. 1998

Thesis title: Survey of subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in trees in Sam Houston Jones State Park, West Lake, Louisiana

Huixin Fei Ph.D. 2000

Thesis title: Comparative biology and ecology of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae), in Louisiana

Brent Collier M.S. 2004

Thesis title: Field evaluation of mosquito treatment control devices in southern Louisiana

Paul McLaughlin M.S. 2004

Thesis title: Volatiles associated with Formosan subterranean termites and related methods development

Karen Nix M.S. 2005

Thesis title: Evaluation of vetiver oil and alate biology as prevention measures against the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

Poornima Jayasimha M.S. 2006

Thesis title: Interactions between Formosan subterranean termite, brown rot fungus (Gloeophyllum trabeum) and some of the fungi present on the termite integument and gut

Quialong Qi M.S. 2009

Thesis title: Survivorship, Tunneling and Feeding Behaviors of Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Response to Trans-caryophyllene

Luo Pan M.S. 2010

Thesis title: Toxicity Interaction of Fipronil and Imidacloprid against Coptotermes formosanus

Bal Krishna Gautam Ph.D. 2011

Thesis title: Role of substrate moisture, relative humidity and temperature on survival and foraging behavior of Formosan subterranean termites

Cai Wang Ph.D. (current)


Guest Editor for the Journal Psyche, “Termites in the Environment”, special issue 2011

Linnaean Team Coach, LSU Entomology Dept. for SEB-ESA 2011

Entomology Club Faculty Advisor 2006-2011

Judge for Science and Engineering Fair, LSU campus, Junior Division 2006-2011

ESA section Fb secretary and vice president (2005-2008)

Moderator for Student competition at national ESA meeting sections F2 and Fb4 (05)

Entomological Society of America (ESA) Insect Expo '99.

Ph.D. Poster Judge, SEB-ESA Meeting, 28 February – 3 March 1999, Destin FL.

Entomological Society of America (ESA): Insect Expo ‘97 living termite and ant display for children, 18 December 1997, Louisville, KY.

Judge for 4-H Entomology Demonstrations, Baton Rouge, LA, 23 June 1996.

Entomological Society of America (ESA): Insect Expo ‘94 termite display for children, Dallas, TX, 12 December 1994.

Organizer and Moderator for Formal Conference, Urban Entomology, ESA annual meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1993.

Paper Competition Judge and Session Moderator, ESA annual meeting, Reno, Nevada, 1991.

PATENTS: (Total 20 including provisionals)

Patent 7351744 (US) Naphthalene and its derivatives as toxicants and repellents against

termites (2008)

Patent 7112700 (US) Efficient and economic asymmetric synthesis of nootkatone,

tetrahydronootkatone, their precursors and derivatives (2006)

Patent 6897244 (US) Dihydronootkatone and tetrahydronootkatone as repellents to

Arthropods. (2005)

Patent 6890960 (US) Extracts of vetiver oil as termite repellent and toxicant. (2005)

Allowance of Claims, 21 December 2004, Extracts of Vetiver Oil as a Repellent

and Toxicant to Termites

Allowance of Claims, 7 December 2004, Dihydronootkatone and Tetrahydronootkatone

as Repellents to Arthropods, SN 10/189,631 Filed 3 July 2002.

Patent 771,326 (Australian) Extracts of Vetiver Oil as a Repellent and Toxicant to

Termites, 4 July 2004

Patent 1, 676,001 (European) Extracts of Veitvier Oil as a Repellent and Toxicant to Termites, April 2004

Patent 6,352,703 Compositions and Methods for Detecting and Killing Termites

Henderson application Serial No. 10/189,631 "Dihydronootkatone and Tetrahydronootkatone as Repellents to Arthropods" filed 3 July 2002.

Pop-up termite indicator. United States Patent; with J.K. Paxson, Serial number 09/512,723; filed 24 February 2000.

Nootkatone as a repellent and toxicant to Formosan subterranean termites; with D Huemann and R. A. Laine. United States Patent Provisonal Application No. 60/160,251; 1999.

Compositions and methods for detecting and killing termites; with J. Chen and R. A. Laine (submitted February 1997, File No. 97A2; filed 3 February 1998, Patent no. 5,874,097 issued, 3 February 1999).

A new termite bait design—compartmentalized preconditioning bait system (CPBS); with J. Chen (submitted 25 August 1995, filed 7 December 1995, allowed 15 April 1998; patent date 14 July 1998; Patent no. 5,778,596).

Feeding stimulants to be used in baits for subterranean termites; With M. L. Kirby, and J. Chen, Patent pending. (filed May 1994; foreign license granted 7 November 1994, Abandoned 7 December 1995).

A non-insecticidal repellent against flying, biting and stinging insects: methyl palmitate, butyl palmitate and methyl myristate; with R. L. Jeanne, Patent no. 5,109,022. 1992.


Professional Meetings (33 total)

2010. “ Where did all the termites go”. Kentucky short course, Lexington KY

2009. “ Formosan subterranean termites”. Georgia PCA. Athens, GA

2007. “Termites in New Orleans: Lessons learned from Natural Disasters” Forest

Products Society, Biloxi, Missisippi, March

2006. “Protein enzyme inhibitor isolated from Formosan termites” Biochemistry

Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia (July 2006)

2006. “Effects of two growth regulators (IGRs) on Microtermes diversus (Silvertri)

(Isoptera: Termitidae) in southwest, Iran”, IRG/WP Norway.

2006. “Darwinian logic and the evolution of soldier termites” National Urban


2006. “Destruction of New Orleans by Formosan subterranean termites”, National

Urban Conference

2005. “Non-repellent termiticide and transmission symposium”, FMC, Orlando, FL, 7- 9 February

2005. “Development of insecticidal wood treatments” ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA 14-17 March

2004. “The decisions termites make”, NPMA Conference, Hawaii, November

2004. “The paybacks and trade-offs of teaching urban entomology”, National Confrence on Urban Entomology, Phoenix, AZ, 20-22 May

2003. “Pharmacophore developments in termite control,” American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA 24-26 March

2002. "Control of subterranean termites through modification of foraging behavior," Section C: Behavior Modification: A Critical Component of Social Insect IPM. National ESA Conference, FL 12-16 December.


2000. "Foraging dynamics of Formosan subterranean termites", Oklahoma State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Stillwater, OK, 25


1999. “Termites in the urban landscape”, Forest Products Research Conference, Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI 1-3, November.

1998. “Discoveries in termite biology”, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 18 February.

Professional Groups (207 total)

2011. “General Insect ID”, Baton Rouge Pest Control Receritfication Mtg.

2003-2011 “Fumigation recertification training in stored products” Annual LPMA

recertification classes

2003-2011 “Termite biology”, L. Caffey Termite Training Center, Ben Hur, LSU

AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (bimonthly presentations).

2003-2006 "Research Update", LPMA Winter Convention and Trade Show, Sheraton

Convention Center Hotel, Baton Rouge 15 January.

2007-present -- Paul K. Adams Professor of Urban Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La

As the urban entomologist at LSU AgCenter I have been involved in developing baits, monitors, new insecticides, as well as testing termiticides that come from industry. I have conducted research on termites, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, ticks and fleas. I spend a tremendous amount of time doing outreach projects that include presentations, home inspections, identification of insects (and talking to homeowners regarding delusory parasitosis). Presently I will soon be conducting an area wide Formosan subterranean termite program in the Country Club of Louisiana. This will be the first homeowner paid program for area wide control of this insect, I believe, in the US. My credentials to be involved in such a project started when I co-wrote the Operation FullStop proposal for the USDA-ARS New Orleans in 1995. Another direction that is coming to fruition is having vetiver grass used to help control erosion of levees in New Orleans. A meeting was held on 16 June 2011 where an international group of vetiver researchers were invited by the Corps of Engineers to provide them with guidelines on how to best set up research projects on levees. The latest in a series of discoveries and inventions in my program was the development of a successful BT Bait for termites. A provisional patent was submitted.

2001-present -- Professor, Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

2002-present -- Adjunct Professor, Department of Forest Products, Mississippi State University,

1992-present -- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, La. Synthesis and bioassay of termite trail following substances.

2003-present -- President and Co-Owner, TermiTech LLC, Baton Rouge, La. Bringing businesses, employment and products for controlling termites to the marketplace.

1996-2001 -- Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. Urban entomology; termites, ants, wasps, fleas and cockroaches.

1990-1996 -- Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, La. Urban entomology; termites, ants, fleas and cockroaches

1989-1990 -- Industry Consultant, S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wisconsin, and American Cyanamid, Princeton, New Jersey. Laboratory and field bioassays on efficacy of ant baits. Repellency of natural products of paper wasps against ants and yellowjackets.

Urban Entomology/Formosan subterranean termites

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Entomology, 1989.
Dissertation: The social biology and ecology of Formica montana in southern Wisconsin.
Advisor: Robert L. Jeanne

M. S., Washington State University, Pullman, Entomology, 1985.
Thesis: Biology of Myrmecophila manni (Orthoptera: Gryllidae).
Advisor: Roger D. Akre

B. S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 1976.
Double Major: Biology and Psychology

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