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Leslie C. Lewis

Les Lewis

Education

Ph.D. - Entomology. Iowa State University (1970)

M.S. - Dairy Nutrition. University of Vermont (1963)

B.S. - Agriculture. University of Vermont (1961)

Department Position

Professor and Chair.

Research Interests

Insect pathology - study of indigenous pathogens of insect pests of corn.

leslewis@iastate.edu


Publications

Anderson, P. L., Hellmich, R. L. Sears, M. K., Sumerford, D. V., and Lewis, L. C. 2004. Effects of Cry1Ab-expressing corn anthers on monarch butterfly larvae. Environ. Entomol. 33: 1109-1115.

Reardon, B. J., Hellmich II, R. L., Sumerford, D. V., and Lewis, L. C. 2004. Growth, development, and survival of Nosema pyrausta-infected European corn borers (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) reared on meridic diet and Cry1Ab. J. Econ. Entomol. 97:1198-1201.

Coates B. S., Sumerford D. V., Hellmich R. L., and Lewis L. C. 2004. Partial mitochondrial genome sequences of Ostrinia nubilalis and Ostrinia furnicalis. Intl. J. Biol. Sci. 1:13-18.

Coates B. S., Sumerford D. V., Hellmich R. L., and Lewis L. C. 2005. Sequence variation in the cadherin gene of Ostrinia nubilalis: A tool for field monitoring. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 35(2):129-139.

Coates B. S., Hellmich II, R. L., and Lewis L. C. 2005. Polymorphic CA/GT and GA/CT  micro-satellite loci for Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Mol. Ecol. Notes 5(1):10-12.

Lewis, L. C., Gunnarson, R. D., and Robbins J. C. 2005. Trichogramma brassicae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) and SLAM®, an integrated approach to managing European corn borer and corn rootworms. BioControl. 50: 729-737.

Coates, B. S., Hellmich, R. L., Lewis, L.C. 2005. Two differentially expressed Ostrinia nubilalis ommochrome- binding protein-like genes (obp1 and obp2) in larval fat body. J. Insect Sci. 5:19.

Anderson, P. L., Hellmich, R. L., Prasifka, J. R., and Lewis, L. C. 2005. Effects on fitness and behavior of monarch butterfly larvae exposed to a combination of Cry1Ab-expressing corn anthers and pollen. Environ. Entomol. 34:944-952.

Lopez, M. D., Prasifka, J. R., Bruck, D. J., and Lewis, L. C. 2005. Utility of ground beetle species as indicators of potential non-target effects of Bt crops. Environ. Entomol. 34: 1317-1324.

Prasifka, J. R, Hellmich R. L., Dively, G. P., and Lewis, L. C. 2005. Assessing the effects of pest management on non-target arthropods: the influence of plot size and isolation. Environ. Entomol. 34: 1181-1192.

Coates, B.S., Hellmich II, R.L., and Lewis, L.C. 2006. Sequence variation in trypsin- and chymotrypsin-like cDNAs from the midgut of Ostrinia nubilalis: methods for allelic differentiation of candidate Bacillus thuringiensis resistance genes. Insect Molecular Biology. 15:13-24.

Prasifka, J.R., Sumerford, D.V., Helmich II, R.L., Lewis, L.C., and Calvin, D.D. 2006. Sampling European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) larvae from seed corn drying bins for Bt resistance monitoring. Southwestern Entomol. 31:269-279.

Prasifka, J.R., Lopez, M.D., Hellmich II, R.L., Lewis, L.C., and Dively, G.P. 2007. Comparison of pitfall traps and litter bags for sampling ground-dwelling arthropods. J. Appl. Entomol. 131:115-120.

Coates, B.S., Sumerford, D.V., Hellmich II, R.L., and Lewis, L.C. 2007. A Beta-1,3-Galactosyltransferase and brainiac/bre5 homolog expressed in the midgut did not contribute to a Cry1Ab toxin resistance trait in Ostrinia nubilalis. Insect biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 37:346-355.

Prasifka, P.L., Hellmich II, R.L., Prasifka, J.R., and Lewis, L.C. 2007. Effects of Cry1Ab-expressing corn anthers on the movement of Monarch butterfly larvae. Environ. Entomol. 36:228-233.

Bruck, D.J., Lopez, M.D., Lewis, L.C., Prasifka, J.R., and Gunnarson, R.D. 2007. Effects of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn and permethrin on nontarget arthropods. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 23: 111-124.

Reardon, K.T., Hellmich II, R.L., Sumerford, D.V., Lewis, L.C., and Calvin, D.D. 2007. Influence of plant destruction on movement of Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner) larvae in Zea mays L. hybrid seed production fields. J. Econ. Entomol. 100: 1129-1135.

Coates, B.S., Sumerford, D.V., and Lewis, L.C. 2008. Segregation of Ostrinia nubilalis aminopeptidase 1 (APN1), cadherin, and bre5-like alleles from a Cry1Ab resistant colony are not associated with F2 larval weights when fed on toxin-containing diet. J. Insect. Sci. 8:21.

Coates, B.S., Sumerford, D.V., Hellmich, R.L., and Lewis, L.C. 2008. Mining an Ostrinia nubilalis midgut expressed sequence tag (EST) library for candidate genes and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Insect Mol Biol 17:607–621.

Coates, B.S., Sumerford, D.V., and Lewis, L.C. 2008. Segregation of Ostrinia nubilalis aminopeptidase 1 (APN1), cadherin, and bre5-like alleles from a Cry1Ab resistant colony are not associated with F2 larval weights when fed on toxin-containing diet. J Insect Sci 8: 21.

Coates, B.S., Miller, N.J., Sumerford, D.V., Sappington, T.W., Siegfried, B.D., and Lewis, L.C. 2009. Comparative performance of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and microsatellite markers for the detection of population differentiation in Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Heredity (Epub http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/esp028v1)

Coates, B.S., Sumerford, D.V., Hellmich, R.L., and Lewis, L.C. 2009. Repetitive genomic elements in a European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, bacterial artificial chromosome library were indicated by bacterial artificial chromosome end sequencing and development of sequence tag site markers: implications for lepidopteran genomic research. Genome 52: 57–67.

Lewis, L.C., Bruck, D.J., Sumerford, D.V. and Gunnarson, R.D. 2009. Technique to assess effectiveness of control tactics against Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in whorl-stage corn. J. Econ. Entomol. 102: 624-628.

Lewis, L.C., Bruck, D.J., Prasifka, J.R., and Raun, E.S. 2009. Nosema pyrausta: Its biology, history, and potential role in a landscape of transgenic insecticidal crops. Biological Control 48:223-231.

Sumerford, D. V., Abel, C. A., Hellmich II, R. L., and Lewis, L. C. Performance of families of Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on lyophilized corn tissue: tool for selection experiments to create resistant colonies. J. Insect Sci. In Press

Sumerford, D.V., Lewis, L.C., Gunnarson, R.D., and Bing, J. Investigation of an endophytic relationship between corn and an entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana: measure of environmental and genetic effects among ten inbred varieties and their hybrids. BioControl. Submitted.

Sumerford, D.V., Robbins, J.C., Reardon, K.T., Glaser, J., and Lewis, L.C. Lifestyles of Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in mating arenas: mating, egg production, and death. Florida Entomol. Submitted.

Sumerford, D.V., and Lewis, L.C. Variation among F2 families of Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on diet containing corn tissue expressing Cry 1F. J. Econ. Entomol. Submitted.

Sumerford, D.V., Lewis, L.C., and Robbins, J.C. 2008. Inheritance of resistance to Cry1Ab in a laboratory-selected colony of Ostrinia nubilalis: patterns of larval survival and larval development. Heredity. In press.

Book Chapters

Arnold, A. E., and Lewis, L. C. 2005. Ecology and evolution of fungal endophytes and their roles against insects, in Insect-Fungal Association, Ecology and Evolution. Vega, F. E., and Blackwell, M. (eds.) Oxford University Press, New York, New York. p. 74-96.

Lewis, L. C. Ecological considerations for the use of entomopathogens in IPM, in Ecologically-based integrated pest management. 2007. Koul, O., and Cuperis, G. W. (eds.) Taylor & Francis, UK. CAB International, Cambridge, MA. p. 249-268.

Lewis, L.C., Bruck, D.J., and Jackson, J.J. 2007. Microbial control of insect pests of corn, in Field Manual of Techniques in Invertebrate Pathology, Second Edition. Lacey, L.A., and Kaya, H.K. (eds.). Springer, The Netherlands. p. 375-392.

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