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Robert Wright, Tiffany Heng-Moss, & Blair Siegfried. 2018. Z B Mayo, Jr. Obituary. American Entomologist, Volume 64, Issue 3, Pages 194 195. DOI: 10.1093/ae/tmy034


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Emeritus Professor of Entomology at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Dr. Z B Mayo, Jr., passed away on 25 March 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Employed at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln (UNL) from 1972 to 2010, he had a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and administrator. From 1972 to 1985, he conducted research on insects associated with corn production in Nebraska, with a major emphasis placed on the biology and control of corn rootworms. He and his students contributed significantly to our knowledge of corn rootworm biology and management. In 1983, he took a professional development leave and worked at the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Lab at Stillwater, Oklahoma, conducting fundamental research on aphid biotypes. From 1985 on, he redirected his research program to study the development of bio-intensive pest management programs for field crops, particularly grain sorghum. His research topics included interactions of biological control with aphid-resistant cultivars and insecticide-resistant aphids, and genetic and environmental factors influencing the development of aphid biotypes and insecticide resistance. He authored 41 refereed journal articles, 3 book chapters, and numerous extension and popular articles. He was major advisor for seven Ph.D. and eight M.S. students, served on the supervisory committees of 32 Ph.D. and 40 M.S. students, and supervised three postdoctoral scientists.

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