Research on Insect Ecology and Biological Control


Zoology / Agroecology UBC


Shaben, J. and J.H. Myers. Unraveling the relationship between Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), soil nutrients and plant diversity in the Garry oak ecosystem in British Columbia, Canada. Plant Ecology (On line)

Franklin MT, Nieman CL, Janmaat AF,Soberon, M, Bravo, A, Tabashnik, B and J.H. Myers 2009. Modified Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and a hybrid B. thuringiensis Strain counter greenhouse-selected resistance in Trichoplusia ni . Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 5739-5741

Stephens, E.A., Krannitz, P.G. and J.H. Myers. 2009. Plant community changes after the reduction of an invasive rangeland weed, diffuse knapweed, Centaurea diffusa. Biological Control. 51:140-146

Myers, J. H., C. Jackson, H. Quinn, S. White, and J. S. Cory. 2009. Successful biological control of diffuse knapweed Centaurea diffusa in British Columbia Canada. Biological Control 50:66-72

Cory, J.S. and J.H. Myers. 2009. Within and between population variation in disease resistance in cyclic populations of western tent caterpillars: A test of the disease defence hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 78:646-655

Franklin, M.T., Ritland, C. and Myers, J.H. 2009. Distinguishing between laboratory-reared and wild-collected greenhouse and field Trichoplusia ni (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) using the Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism method. Ann. Ent. Soc. America. 102: 151-157.

Ericsson, J. D. Janmaat, A.F., Lowenberger, C. and J.H. Myers. 2009. Is decreased generalized immunity a cost of Bt resistance in cabbage loopers Trichoplusia ni? Accepted J. Invert. Path. 100:61-67

Caron, V. Gillespie, D. and Myers, J.H. 2008. Fitness related traits in a fly parasitoid are mediated by effects of plants on its host. J. Applied Entomology 132:663-667.

Caron, V. Janmaat, A.F., Ericsson, J.D. and Myers, J.H. 2008. Avoidance of the host immune response by a generalist parasitoid, Compsilura concinnata Meigen. Ecological Entomology 33:517-522.

Franklin, M.T. and Myers, J.H. 2008. Refuges in reverse: the spread of Bacillus thuringiensis resistance to unselected greenhouse populations of cabbage loopers Trichoplusia ni. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. 10:119-127

Myers, J.H. 2008. One agent is usually sufficient for successful biological control of weeds. Proc. XII Intern. Symp. Biological Control of Weeds. Eds. M.H. Julien, R. Sforza, M.C. Bon, H.C. Evans, P.E. Hatcher, H.L. Hinz and B.G. Rector. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. (in Press).

Jackson, C.A.R. and J.H. Myers. 2008. Species pairs for the biological control of weeds: advantageous or unnecessary? Proc. XII Intern. Symp. Biological Control of Weeds. Eds. M.H. Julien, R. Sforza, M.C. Bon, H.C. Evans, P.E. Hatcher, H.L. Hinz and B.G. Rector. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. (in Press).

Beaulieu, F. and Myers, J.H. 2007. Tricks of the trade (making posters)Bulletine Entomological Society Canada 39

Smith, J.N.M, Myers-Smith, I.H., Myers, J.H. 2007. Tips for effective communication in ecology. Ecology 101. Bulletin of the Ecological Society America. April 2007.

Denoth, M. and Myers, J.H. 2007. Competition between Lythrum salicaria and a rare species: combining evidence from experiments and long-term monitoring. Plant Ecology 191:153-161

Erlandson, Martin. Newhouse, Sarah. Moore, Keith. Janmaat, Alida. Myers, J. Theilman, David. 2007.  Characterization of baculovirus isolates from Trichoplusia ni populations from vegetable greenhouses. BiologicalControl 41: 256-263.

Wang, P. Zhao, J-Z. Rodrigo-Simon, A. Kain, W. Janmaat, A.F., Shelton, A.M. Ferre, J. and Myers, J.H.  2007. Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Toxin Cry1Ac in a greenhouse population of the Cabbage Looper, Trichoplusia ni.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73: 1199-1207.

Ericsson, J.D., J. Todd Kabaluk, Mark S. Goettel, Judith H. Myers. 2006. Spinosyns interact synergistically with the insect pathogen Metarhizium anisopliae against lined click beetle larvae, Agriotes lineatus. J. Econ. Entomol.

.Dennoth, M. and J.H. Myers 2005. Variable success of biological control of Lythrum salicaria in British Columbia. Biological Control 32:269-279.

Kain, W.C., Zhao, J-Z, Janmaat, A.F., Myers, J.H., Shelton, A.M. Wang, P. 2004. Inheritance of resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin in a greenhouse-derived strain of cabbage looper (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 97: 000-000.

Cory, J.S. and JH Myers.2004. Adaptation in an insect-host plant-pathogen interaction. Ecology Letters. 7: 632-639

Horgan, Finbarr and J.H. Myers. 2004. Interactions between ground beetles, winter moth and an introduced parasitoid on the lower mainland of British Columbia. Pedobiologia 48: 23-35.

Cory,J.S. and J.H. Myers. 2003. The ecology and evolution of insect Baculoviruses. Ann. Rev. Ecol. and Syst.  34: 239-272.

Janmaat, A.F. and J.H. Myers. 2003. Rapid evolution and the cost of resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis in greenhouse populations of cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni. Proc. Royal Soc. London B.  270:2263-2270.

Milks, M, J.H. Myers and M.K. Leptich. Is the resistance of cabbage loopers (Trichoplusia ni) to a nucleopolyhedrovirus stable?  Effects of putative fitness costs and immigration of susceptible moths.  Evolution.(Accepted with revision. Revised and resubmitted).

Milks, M.L., Myers, J.H. and M.K. Leptich. 2002. Costs and stability of cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) resistance to a nucleopolyhedrovirus. Evolutionary Ecology 16: 369-385.

Myers, J.H. and Ware, J. 2002. Setting priorities for the biological control of weeds:  What to do and how to do it. In: Proceedings, Hawaii Biological Control Workshop. Technical Report # 129. Denslow, J.E., Hight, S.D. and Smith, C.W. (eds) Honolulu: Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii. Pp. 62-74.

Cooper, D., Cory, J.S. Theilman, D. and J.H. Myers. 2002. Nucleopolyhedroviruses of forest and western tentcaterpillars: cross-infectivity and evidence for activation of latent virus in high density field populations. Ecological Entomology 41-50.

Frid, L. and Myers, J.H. 2002. Thermal ecology of western tent caterpillars, Malacosoma californicum pluviale and infection by nucleopolyhedrovirus. Ecological Entomology 27: 665-673.

Nielsen, C.B., Cooper, D. Short, S.M., Myers, J.H., Suttle, C.A. 2002. DNA polymerase gene sequences indicate Western and Forest Tent Caterpillar Viruses form a new taxonomic group within baculoviruses. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 81:131-137.

Myers, J.H. 2002. Eradication: Is it ecologically, financially, environmentally and realistically possible? In. Managing for Healthy Ecosystems. D. Rapport, W. Lasley, D. Rolston, O. Nielsen, C. Qualset and A. Damania editors. CRC/ Lewis Press.

Denoth, M., L. Frid, and J.H. Myers. 2002. Multiple agents in biological control: Improving the odds?  Biological Control 24:20-30.

Myers, J.H. 2001. The importance of evolution and adaptation to predicting the outcome of biological control. In: Evolutionary Ecology: Concepts and Case Studies. C. Fox, D. Fairbairn and D. Roff eds.) Oxford University Press.

Myers, J.H. and D. A. Raworth 2001. Insect population ecology in B.C. Journal British Columbia Entomological Society 98 :107-112.

Pearsall, I.A. and J.H. Myers.2001. Population dynamics of western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in nectarine orchards in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, British Columbia, Canada.  J. Econ. Entomol. 93:264-275

Milks, M. and J.H.Myers. 2001 The development of larval resistance to a nucleopolyhedrovirus is not accompanied by an increased virulence in the virus.  Evolutionary Ecology 14: 645-664

Cory, J.S. and J.H. Myers 2000. Indirect and non-target effects of biological control. News and comment.Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 15:137-139

Myers, J.H. 2000. Population fluctuations of the western tent caterpillar in southwestern British Columbia. Population Ecology 42:231-241.

Myers, J.H., R. Malakar and J.S. Cory. 2000. Sublethal nucleopolyhedrovirus infection effects on female pupal weight, egg mass size and vertical transmission in gypsy moth (Lepidoptera, Lymantriidae). Environmental Entomology 29:1268-1972.

Myers, J.H. and C. Risley. 2000. Why reduced seed production is not necessarily translated into successful biological weed control. Proc. X Intern. Symp. Biological Control of Weeds. Bozeman, Montana, Spencer, N. (ed.). Montana State University, Bozeman. Pp. 569-581.

Myers, J.H., D. Simberloff, A.M. Kuris, J.R. Carey.2000. Eradication Revisited - Dealing with exotics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 15: 316-321.

Beisner, B.E. and J.H. Myers.2000 Population density and transmission of virus in experimental populations of the western tent caterpillar. Environmental Entomology 28: 1107 - 1113.

Pearsall, I.A. and J.H. Myers. 2000. Evaluation of sampling methodology for determining the phenology, relative density and dispersion of western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thusanoptera:Thripidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 3: 494-502.

Kukan, B. and J.H. Myers. 1999. Incidence of nuclear polyhedrosis virus in fluctuating populations of western tent caterpillars. Envir. Entomol. 28:44-52.

Horgan, Finbarr, J.H. Myers and R. Van Meel. 1999.Cyzenis albicans (Fall.) does not prevent the outbreak of introduced winter moth (Operophtera brumata (L.) in birch stands and blueberry plots in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Envir. Entomol. 28: 96-107.

Milks, M.L., Burnstyn, I. and J.H. Myers. 1999. The influence of larval age on the lethal and sublethal effects of a nuclear polyhedrosis virus in cabbage loopers (Trichoplusia ni). Biological Control 12: 119-126.

Myers, J.H. 1998. Synchrony in outbreaks of forest Lepidoptera in the Northern Hemisphere: A possible example of the Moran Effect. Ecology 79: 1111-1117

Myers, J.H., G. Boetner, and J.S. Elkinton. 1997. Maternal effects in gypsy moth: only sex ratio varies with population density. Ecology 79: 305-314.

Kukan, B. and J.H. Myers. 1997. Prevalence and persistence of nuclear polyhedrosis virus in fluctuating populations of forest tent caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). Environ. Entomol. 26:882-887.

Myers, J.H. , Anne Savoie  and  Ed van Randen. 1997. Eradication and pest management. Annual Rev. Entomology 43:471-492.

Rothman, Lorne D. and J.H. Myers. 1996.  Is fecundity correlated with resistance to viral disease in the western tent caterpillar?  Ecological Entomology 21:396-398.

Rothman, L.D. and J.H. Myers. 1996. Debilitating effects of viral disease on host Lepidoptera. J. Invert. Pathology 67:1-10.

Myers, J.H. and L. D. Rothman. 1995. Virulence and transmission of infectious diseases in humans and insects: evolutionary and demographic patterns. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10:194-198.

Daniel, Colin and J.H. Myers. 1995. Climate and outbreaks of the forest tent caterpillar. Ecogeography 18: 353-362

Myers, J.H., C. Risley and R. Eng. 1989. The ability of plants to compensate for insect attack: Why biological control of weeds with insects is so difficult. Proc. VII Int. Symp. Bio. Cont. Weeds. E. Delfosse (Ed.) pp. 67-73.

Myers, J.H. 1986. How many insects are necessary for the biological control of weeds. Proc. 6th Int. Symp. Biol. Control of Weeds. E. Delfosse (Ed.) pp. 77-82.

Myers, J.H. 1976. Distribution and dispersal in populations capable of resource depletion: A stimulation model. Oecologia 23: 255-269


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