2017 MEA Conference paper and poster Submissions due 15 September 2017!!!

Dear MEA Members,


Paper and Poster submissions are due by September 15!

 The call for papers and call for posters forms are provided below and also available on the 2017 Conference page on the MEA website. Please pay close attention on these forms and make sure they are filled out correctly. We will also have an undergraduate poster competition, so be sure to correctly classify yourself on the form.

Call for Papers [PDF]

Call for Posters [PDF]


We have online pre-registration available for the 2017 MEA Meeting; the form is below. The link below will take you to the website where you can find the online checkout. This link also has the registration form available too if you prefer to pay by check.

Pre-registration [PDF


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Two New Research Articles Uploaded to the Midsouth Entomologist


See the MEA’s  Midsouth Entomologist for the latest research articles (2017 Table of Contents)! Two new papers were recently uploaded.  The first paper, A Role for Intercept Traps in the Ambrosia Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) IPM Strategy at Ornamental Nurseries, authored by Werle, C. T., B. J. Sampson,  and M. E. Reding is an interesting article about the role of intercept trapping for ambrosia beetles in nurseries.

The second article uploaded, Preliminary Study of Pan Trapping in Longleaf Pine Flatwoods in Central Florida, USAauthored by Orfinger, A. B., T. B. Cogen, G. R. Irons, K. V. Kabilan, B. Molligoda, A. L. Moody, J. F. Wisdo, and K. F. Phillips, is a wonderful little study conducted by a researcher at the University of Central Florida with high school students! It is wonderful to see young people doing research like this.

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2017 MEA Award Nominations

2017 MEA Award Nominations
(deadline for submission is October 6, 2017)

Submission form:

The Mississippi Entomological Society seeks award nominations for all deserving members of the organization, and perhaps even some people who are not members. This latter group may receive a Letter of Citation for outstanding contribution to a specialty area of entomology. Please nominate your deserving colleagues from an entomology-related discipline (and if they are an MEA member) for a Merit Award. The Merit Awards are assigned across 9 or so disciplines (please see nomination form  for a list of Specialty Areas).

The highest honor bestowed by MEA is the Distinguished Service Award. These nominations are reserved for exceptional recipients who have made truly outstanding contributions to their specialty area.

Please email your nomination form to Jeff Harris or mail nomination form to:
Jeff Harris, Chair, MEA Awards Committee, P.O. Box 9775, MIssissippi State, MS 39762.



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64th Annual MEA Conference Paper & Poster submission now open

64th Annual Conference of the Mississippi Entomological Association and Mississippi Association of Plant Pathologists and Nematologists (October 16-17, 2017)

Dear MEA Members,

The Mississippi Entomological Association Annual meeting will be held October 16-17, 2017. This will be a joint meeting with MAPPAN in the Bost Building in Starkville. As always, we will have an industry sponsored steak supper Monday night. Student presentations will be on Monday, and other presentations will be given on Tuesday. The awards banquet will be held at noon on Tuesday. We encourage everyone to do their best to attend and participate in this year’s meeting.

For more information about the meeting including registration, poster and paper submissions, and donations visit:  http://mea.org.msstate.edu/Conferences/2017/64thAnnualConference.html  


2016 MEA Award Winners. Back row, left to right: Outgoing MEA president Jeff Harris, Ben Thrash (1st place, PhD paper), Chelsea Darnell (1st place, Masters Paper Sec 1), Nick Bateman (2nd, PhD Paper), Whitney Crow (2nd, PhD Poster), Tyler Towles (1st, Masters Paper, Sec 2); Front row, left to right: Ty Smith (2nd, Masters Paper, Sec 1), Matthew Thorn (2nd, Masters Poster), James Clements (1st, Undergraduate Poster), Santos Portugal (1st, PhD Poster), Sara McGinnis (2nd, Masters Paper, Sec 2), and Ellie Moen (1st, Masters Poster). (photo by Kat Lawrence)

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Midsouth Entomologist Volume 9 (2) now online

Volume 9, issue 2 of the Midsouth Entomologist is now available online at http://midsouthentomologist.org.msstate.edu/Volume9/Volume9_2TOC.html.

For citations, please note this is the November 2016 issue, even though it was uploaded in 2017.

This issue features an interesting paper on genetic diversity, pathogens and parasites of feral honey bees in Mississippi; a note describing a case of purpura resulting from chigger bites; the abstracts of the 63rd MEA conference; and a special feature by J. MacGown detailing the 2016 William H. Cross Expedition (read more about other expeditions here: http://mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu//museumsites/CrossExpeditions.html).

Thanks to Editor Kristine Edwards for her work, and to the various authors for their submissions. For any  questions about viewing these papers online, contact Joe MacGown, web editor (jmacgown@entomology.msstate.edu), and for questions about formatting, etc. contact Kristine Edwards (kt20@msstate).

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Christmas Lunch 2016- Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State


We just finished up our annual luncheon for the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Entomology, and Plant Pathology Department (MSU) held in the lobby of the Clay Lyle Building. We had a huge crowd this year!  Little Dooey’s BBQ catered the lunch, and other folks brought a wide assortment of desserts.

Following the lunch, the Entomology and Plant Pathology student group gave out awards for outstanding graduate students with Tyler Towles winning the Masters division and Santos Portugal winning the PhD division! Congrats.

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Meet Jeff Dean, the MEA Executive Vice President

Dr. Jeff  Dean is the current Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University and the Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Entomological Association. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and pursued postdoctoral research at the USDA-ARS Plant Hormone Laboratory at Beltsville, MD. Prior to coming to Mississippi State in 2014, Dr. Dean spent 24 years at the University of Georgia where he held a number of faculty and administrative positions in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Institute of Bioinformatics. His past research focused mostly on the growth and development of vascular tissues in plants and the effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on wood-forming tissues in trees. In recent years he has used molecular and genomic approaches to study peptide effectors produced by insects that modulate plant responses. His Twitter stream @BCHEPPDeptHead compiles information related to his research interests, the department and Mississippi State University, higher education, global agriculture, and a bit of humor.


Dr. Jeff Dean, head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology,  Entomology,  and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University and Executive Vice President for MEA. 

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