Dr. Harsimram "Rosie" Gill

Contact Information

Citrus Research and Education Center
Lake Alfred, Florida
Entomology and Nematology
Phone: 863.956.8667
Email: simgill@ufl.edu

Education

Ph.D. Entomology, Aug 2010, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Dissertation Title: Integrated management of soil surface insect community using soil solarization and mulching.

M.S. in Entomology, Nov 2005. Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India.

Thesis title: Monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in American bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) on cotton.

B.S. Agriculture (Honors in Plant Protection), June 2003, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India

Positions

Feb 2011- Present. Post Doctoral Associate, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL.

Aug 2010- Jan 2011. Post Doctoral Associate, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Jan 2007- Aug 2010. Graduate Research Assistant. Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Dec 2005- Dec 2006. Senior Research Fellow, Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India.

Specialization

Integrated pest management main emphasis on cultural and biological control, agricultural ecology, applied Entomology, Horticultural Entomology

Ongoing Research

Insecticidal peptides for management of the Asian citrus Psyllid using a citrus tristeza virus delivery system

Determination of transmission parameters for Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus by Asian citrus Psyllid on different citrus varieties

Publications

Refereed Papers

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and G. Goyal. 2012. Soil Solarization and Organic Mulches: tools for Pest Management.  In: Advances in Agricultural Entomology (in press) (Book chapter).

Gill, H. K., G. Goyal, and R. McSorley. 2012. Diel activity of fauna in different habitats sampled at the autumnal equinox. Florida Entomologist 95(2): 318-324.

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2011. Impact of different organic mulches on the soil surface arthropod community and weeds. International Journal of Pest Management 58 (1): 33-40.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and M. Branham. 2011. Effect of organic mulches on soil surface insects and arthropods. Florida Entomologist 94 (2): 226-232.

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2010. Effect of integrating soil solarization and organic mulching on the soil surface insect community. Florida Entomologist 93(2): 308-309.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, and S. E. Webb. 2010. Mulch as a potential management strategy for lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), in bush bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Florida Entomologist 93(2): 183-190.

Singh, S., H. K. Gill, R. K. Sharma, V. K. Gupta, and V. K. Dilawari. 2010. Susceptibility and fitness cost of cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) associated with Cry 1Ac toxin of Bt cotton. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 37(1-2): 29-34.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and D. D. Treadwell. 2009 Comparative performance of different plastic films for soil solarization and weed suppression. HortTechnology 19 (4): 769-774. (Recognized as top 10 research article read in October 2009).

McSorley, R., K. H. Wang, E. N. Rosskopf, N. Kokalis-Burelle, H. N. HansPetersen, H. K. Gill, and R. Krueger. 2009. Nonfumigant alternatives to methyl bromide for management of nematodes, soil-borne diseases, and weeds in production of snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). International Journal of Pest Management 55(4): 265-273.

Singh, S., H. K. Gill, R. K. Sharma, V. K. Gupta, B. S. Joia, and V. K. Dilawari. 2007.  Relative susceptibility of cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) to different insecticides at various locations in Punjab (India). Journal of Insect Science 20 (1): 90-95.

Gill, H. K., and A. K. Dhawan. 2006. Monitoring of insecticide resistance to Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) in Cotton growing areas of Punjab. Pesticide Research Journal18(2):150-53.

Gill, H. K., and A. K. Dhawan. 2006. Insecticide resistance in Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) populations from Punjab. Journal of Insect Science 19 (s):1-3.

Gill, H. K., and A. K. Dhawan. 2006. Insecticide resistance profile of Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) to different insecticides on cotton in Punjab. Journal of Insect Science 19 (s):109-116.

Gill, H. K., and A. K. Dhawan. 2006. Global status of insecticide resistance in Helicoverpa armigera on cotton. Journal of Cotton Research and Development 20(2): 226-231. (Review article).

Non-refereed papers

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2011. Effect of different inorganic/synthetic mulches on weed suppression during soil solarization. Proceeding of Florida State Horticultural Society. 124: xxx-xxx (in press)

McSorley, R., H. K. Gill, H. N. HansPetersen, E. N. Rosskopf, N. Kokalis-Burelle. 2011. Performance of soil solarization and methyl bromide in sites infested with root-knot nematodes. . Proceeding of Florida State Horticultural Society. 124: xxx-xxx (in press)

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2010. Cover crops for managing Root-knot nematodes (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892).

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and L. Buss. 2010. The insect community on the soil surface (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in876)

McSorley, R., and H. K. Gill. 2010. Introduction to soil solarization. (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in856)

McSorley, R., and H. K. Gill. 2010. Effects of solarization against weeds and rook-knot nematodes limited by weather. Proceeding of Florida State Horticultural Society 123:298-301.

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2010. Integrated impact of soil solarization and organic mulching on weeds, insects, nematodes, and plant parameters. Proceeding of Florida State Horticultural Society 123:308-311.

Gill, H. K., J. L. Capinera, and R. McSorley. 2009. Lesser cornstalk borer (Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Zeller) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN312)

Gill, H. K., J. L. Capinera, and R. McSorley. 2008. Lesser cornstalk borer (Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Zeller) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). (http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/field/lesser_cornstalk_borer.htm)

Gill, H. K., and A. K. Dhawan. 2005. Management of insecticide resistance with new molecules. Abstract in Proceedings on 1st Congress on insect science, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab (India) 1:155-56.

Selected Presentations

Oral Presentations (only 12 out of 28 included)

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2011. Effect of different inorganic/synthetic mulches on weed suppression during soil solarization. 124th Annual Meeting of Florida State Horticultural Society with Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida, Saint Petersburg, FL. June 5-7

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, and R. L. Koenig. 2011. Diurnal variations in arthropod communities in several environments. 85th Annual Meeting of the south eastern branch of Entomological Society of America, San Juan, PR. Mar 19-22.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, and D. D. Treadwell. 2010. Impact of different organic mulches on the soil surface arthropods community and weeds. 58th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Dec 12-15.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and G. Goyal. 2010. Comparison of various mulches for their effect on soil surface arthropods in vegetable and flower cropping systems. 81st Rocky Mountain Conference of Entomologists, Silverton, CO. Aug 2-3.

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2010. Integrated Impact of Soil Solarization and Organic Mulching on Weeds, Insects, Nematodes, and Plant Parameters. 123rd Annual Meeting of Florida State Horticultural Society with Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida, Crystal River, FL. June 6-8.

Gill, H. K. R. McSorley, M. Branham, and G. Goyal. 2010. Methods for sampling soil surface arthropods in organic mulches: Which one is the best? 84th Annual Meeting of the south eastern branch of Entomological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. Mar 7-10.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, and G. Goyal. 2009. Mulch as a potential management for lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), in bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). 57th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. Dec 13-16.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, M. Branham, S. E. Webb, and G. Goyal. 2009. Comparison of three sampling methods for soil surface arthropods in organic mulches. 92nd Annual Meeting of Florida Entomological Society, Fort Myers, FL. July 26-29.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, R. Krueger, M. Branham, D.Treadwell, and G. Goyal. 2009. Comparison of various mulches for their effects on soil insects in snapdragons and beans. 83rd Annual Meeting of the south eastern branch of Entomological Society of America, Montgomery, AL. Mar 8-11.

Gill, H. K., and R. McSorley. 2009. Organic and Inorganic Mulches: Impact on soil inhabiting pests. Graduate Student Council Interdisciplinary Research Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Feb 12.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, J. E. Pack, and H. N. HansPetersen. 2008. Comparison of performance of different plastic films for soil solarization. 44th Annual Caribbean Food Crops Society Meeting, Miami, FL. July 13-17.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, R. Krueger, G. Goyal, and D. Treadwell. 2008. Do organic mulches have impact on the soil surface insect community? 91st Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society, Jupiter, FL. July 13-16.

Poster Presentations (only 6 out of 13 included)

Gill, H. K., G. Goyal, S. Gowda, W. Dawson, and K. Pelz-Stelinski. 2011. Lethal and sublethal effects of vector-expressed insecticidal and antimicrobial peptides on the Asian citrus Psyllid. 59th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. Nov 13-16.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, M. Branham, S. Webb, and G. Goyal. 2010. Integrated impact of soil solarization and organic mulching on insects, weeds, and plant performance. 58th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Dec 12-15.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, D. D. Treadwell, M. Branham, S. Webb, and G. Goyal. 2009. Impact of various organic mulches on the soil surface insect community in bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). 57th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. Dec 13-16.

Gill, H. K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, S. Webb, H. HansPetersen, and N. Om. 2009. Evaluation of sunn hemp mulch for effect on Lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). 83rd Annual Meeting of the south eastern branch of Entomological Society of America, Montgomery, AL. Mar 8-11.

Gill, H. K., S. Singh, R. K. Sharma, V. K. Gupta, V. K. Dilawari, and G. Goyal. 2007. Susceptibility and fitness cost of cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) associated with Cry 1Ac toxin of Bt cotton. 90th Annual Meeting of Florida Entomological Society, Sarasota, FL. July 15-18.

Gill, H. K. and A. K. Dhawan. 2005. Management of insecticide resistance with new molecules. 1st Congress on insect science, PAU, Ludhiana (India).

Awards/Honors

  1. Student and Young Professional Participation Award by Entomological Society of America meeting for active participation in ESA activities,  in Reno, NV. Nov 13-16, 2011.
  2. Ornamental, Garden, & Landscape Section Best Paper Award for paper entitled “Effects of solarization against weeds and root-knot nematodes limited by weather” from Florida State Horticultural Society (FSHS) Annual meeting at St. Petersburg, FL. June 5–7, 2011.
  3. Travel grants (19) awarded from Department of Entomology and Nematology, Rocky mountain conference sponsorship, Vice president for research and graduate programs, James Davidson Domestic Travel Grant, Graduate Student Council, Florida Entomological Society, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and Gator Citrus Club.
  4. Research grants (4) awarded from Florida Entomological Society, Graduate Student Council, and Graduate Research Assistantship from UF.
  5. Runner up for Student Debate entitled “Pro-Transgenic Insecticidal crops will conserve arthropod biodiversity” Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Dec 12-15, 2010.
  6. Certificate of membership in recognition of high scholarship, outstanding achievement or service from Gamma Sigma Delta, 2010.
  7. Recognized as recipient of James Davidson Travel scholarship, at College of Agricultural and Life Sciences scholarship and leadership awards banquet, University of Florida. April 13, 2010.
  8. Linnaean Team (Entomology and Nematology Quiz Bowl) placed 2nd place runner up at Annual Meeting of the south eastern branch of Entomological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. Mar 7-10, 2010.
  9. L. Russell Norton Memorial Fellowship awarded by Dade County Agri Council Inc. Feb 19, 2010.
  10. Graduate student scholarship awarded by Florida State Horticultural Society in Crystal River, FL. June 6-8, 2010.
  11. Alec Courtelis Award (Best International graduate student in University of Florida) received on 15th Annual International Student Academic Awards Ceremony, University of Florida. Nov 19, 2009.
  12. Best International graduate student in the College of Agriculture (International student outstanding achievement award) received on 15th Annual International Student Academic Awards Ceremony, University of Florida. Nov 19, 2009.
  13. Best student scholarship award by Florida Entomological Society Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. July 26-29, 2009.
  14. Student scholarship by Natalie’s orchid island juice company, Fort Pierce, FL. Award supported travel to Florida Small Farms and Alternate Enterprises conference in Kissimmee, FL. Aug 1-2, 2009.
  15. Student and Young Professional Participation Award by Entomological Society of America meeting for active participation in ESA activities,  in Reno, NV. Nov 16-19, 2008.
  16. Certificate of outstanding achievement on basis of highest GPA 4.0/4.0, University of Florida International Center, FL. May 20, 2008.
  17. Merit certificate holder in M.S. Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India (2003-2005).

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