University of Florida

Dr. Ronald Cherry

Professor, Entomology & Nematology
Specialty: Entomology

Active Projects

  • Insects as pests of biofuels
  • Ecology and control of rice stink bugs
  • Ecology and control of sugarcane mites
  • Effect of soil temperatures on wireworm feeding damage in Florida sugarcane
  • Weeds as host plants for wireworms in Florida sugarcane
  • Effect of soil depth on pest populations of soil insects in Florida sugarcane
  • Effect of sugarcane burning versus green cane harvest on ground invertebrate predators

Selected Publications

  • Cherry, R., H. Lu and P. Roberts. 2015. Southern chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Blissidae) increase severity of plant disease in St. Augustinegrass. J. Entomol. Sci. 50: 28-34.
  • Odero, D., R. Cherry, A. Wright, H. Sandhu and Y. Luo. 2015. Woody host plants of the sugarcane root weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Florida sugarcane. J. Entomol. Sci. 50: 3-13.
  • Tofangsazi, N., R. Cherry, R. Beeson and S. Arthurs. 2015. Concentration-response and residual activity of insecticides to control Herpetogramma phaeopteralis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in St. Augustinegrass. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 730-735.
  • Rangasamy, M., H. McAuslane, E. Backus and R. Cherry. 2015. Differential probing behavior of Blissus insularis (Hemiptera: Blissidae) on resistant and susceptible St. Augustinegrasses. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 780-788.
  • Cherry, R. 2015. Insects and divine intervention. Amer. Entomol. 61: 81-84.
  • Lu, H., R. Nagata, K. Kenworthy, R. Cherry, K. Quesenberry and P. Busey. 2015. Registration of "NUF-76" St. Augustinegrass. J. Plant Registrations. 9: 299
  • Arthurs, S., C. Morales-Reyes, and R. Cherry. 2015. Trap design for lovebugs, Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae). Fl. Ent. 98: 892-898.
  • Cherry, R., M. Tootoonchi, J. Bhadha, T. Lang, M. Karounos and S. Daroub. 2015. Effect of flood depth on rice water weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) populations in Florida rice fields. J. Entomol. Sci. 50: 311-317.
  • Lu, Huangjun and Ron Cherry. 2012. New sources of Southern Chinch Bug (Hemiptera : Blissidae) resistance in St. Augustinegrass varieties. J. Entomol. Sci. 47(4): 291-296.
  • Boucias, Drion G., Alejandra Garcia-Maruniak, Ron Cherry, Huangjun Lu, James E. Maruniak, and Verena-Ulrike Lietze. 2012. Detection and Characterization of Bacterial Symbionts in the Heteropteran, Blissus insularis. FEMS microbiology Ecology 82: 629-641.
  • Cherry, R., H. Lu, A. Wright, P. Roberts, and Y. Luo.  2012.  Effect of silicon on resistance of St. Augustinegrass to southern chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Blissidae) and plant disease.  J. Entomol. Sci. 47: 17-26.
  • Borkhataria, R., G. Nuessly, E. Pearlstine, and R. Cherry.  2012.  Effects of blackbirds (Agelaius phoenicius) on stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) populations, damage, and yield in Florida rice. Florida Entomol. 95: 143-149.
  • Arthurs, S., N. Tofangsazi, R. Meagher and R. Cherry.  2012.  Attraction of Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae) to floral lures containing phenylacetaldehyde.  Florida Entomol. 95: 199-201.
  • Scully, B., R. Nagata, R. Cherry, G. Nuessly, L. Trenholm, K. Kenworthy, B. Schwartz, and J. Unruh.  2012.  Registration of Ultimate Zoysiagrass.  J. Plant Registrations.  6: 71-74.
  • Cherry, R., D. Hall, A. Wilson, and L. Baucum.  2011.  First report of damage by the sugarcane root weevil, Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to Florida sugarcane.  Florida Entomologist.  94: 1063-1065.
  • Scully, B., R. Nagata, D. Sistrunk, R. Cherry, G. Nuessly, K. Kenworthy, and J. DeFrank.  2011.  Registration of Aloha seashore paspalum.  J. Plant Registrations.  5: 22-26.
  • Cherry, R.  2011.  Distribution of Eumicrosoma benefica (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) in southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae) populations.  Florida Entomologist.  94(2): 352-353.
  • Cherry, R. and A. Wilson.  2011.  Flight activity of stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) pests of Florida rice.  Florida Entomologist. 94: 359-360.
  • Cherry, R.  2011.  Insects and death.  Amer. Entomol. 57(2): 82-85.
  • Cherry, R., A. Wright, R. Raid, and Y. Luo.  2011.  Effect of fertilization  on resistance of Captiva St. Augustinegrass to southern chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Blissidae) and gray leaf spot disease.  J. Entomol. Science. 46: 96-101.
  • Sandhu, H., G. Nuessly, R. Cherry, R. Gilbert, and S. Webb.  2011.  Effects of Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) damage on sugarcane yield.  J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 474 – 483.
  • Sandhu, H., G. Nuessly, R. Cherry, R. Gilbert, and S. Webb.  2011.  Effects of harvest residue and tillage on lesser cornstalk borer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) damage to sugarcane.  J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 155-163.
  • Sandhu, H., G. Nuessly, S. Webb, R. Cherry, and R. Gilbert.  2010.  Life table studies of  Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on sugarcane.  Environ. Entomol. 39: 2025 – 2032.
  • Cherry, R.  2010.  From Africa to reggae: the Anansi connection.  American Entomologist. 56: 70-72.
  • Cherry, R., and G. Nuessly.  2010.  Establishment of a new stink bug pest, Oebalus insularis (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Florida rice.  Florida Entomologist. 93: 291 – 293.
  • Sandhu, H., G. Nuessly, S. Webb, R. Cherry, and R. Gilbert.  2010.  Temperature dependent development of  Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on sugarcane under laboratory conditions.  Environ. Entomol. 39: 1012-1020.
  • Cherry, R., and G. Nuessly.  2010.  Repellency of the biopesticide, Azadirachtin, to wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae).  Florida Entomologist. 93: 52-55.
  • Cherry, R., M. Fefer, and Jun Liu.  2010.  Effect of Clear Choice Herbicide on tropical sod webworms (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in St. Augustinegrass.  J. Entomol. Science. 45: 44-50.
  • Cherry, R. and P. Stansly.  2009.  Impact on yield of wireworm (Coleoptera: Elateridae) populations in Florida sugarcane at planting.  J. Amer. Soc. Sugar Cane Tech. 29:137-148.
  • Rangasamy, M., B. Rathinasabapathi, H. McAuslane, R. Cherry, and R. Nagata.  2009.  Oxidative responses of St. Augustinegrass to feeding of southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber.  J. Chem. Ecology. 35: 796-805.
  • Cherry, R., and C. Rainbolt.  2009.  Atrazine impacts on arthropods in St. Augustinegrass.  J. Entomol. Science. 44: 85-88.
  • Rangasamy, M., B. Rathinasabapathi, H. McAuslane, R. Cherry, and R. Nagata.  2009.  Role of leaf sheath lignification and anatomy in resistance against southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae) in St. Augustinegrass.  J. Econ. Entomol. 102: 432-439.
  • Cherry, R.  2008.  Water management: flooding (control of insects by flooding).  Pages 1-3 in Encyclopedia of Pest Management.  Edited by D. Pimentel.  Taylor and Francis.  London.
  • Cherry, R. and P. Stansly.  2008.  Abundance and spatial distribution of wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Florida sugarcane fields on muck versus sandy soils.  Florida Entomologist.  91: 383-387.
  • Rainbolt, C. and R. Cherry.  2008.  Effect of weed control on wireworm (Coleoptera: Elateridae) populations in fallow fields in southern Florida.  J. Entomol. Science.  43: 138-140.

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