UF-CTA Affiliated Faculty:

Jorge E. Peña

Title: Professor Department: Tropical Research and Education Center  
Address: 18905 SW 280th Street, Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: 305 246 7001 ext. 223
E-mail:  jepe@ifas.ufl.edu Homepage: http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/pena


B.S. Colombia National   University  Agronomy                   1973

M.S.  University of Florida     Entomology                           1979

Ph.D. University of Florida    Entomology                           1983

Research Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

(a) in-depth knowledge of the biology, ecology and population dynamics of insects and mites affecting tropical fruit crops in Florida,

(b) tactics, systems and strategies of integrated pest management of tropical fruit insects and mites,

(c) use of  biological controls as the primary tactic to manage populations of very significant pests of tropical fruit crops, and

(d) in-depth knowledge of the biology and ecology of agents that pollinate tropical fruits, and principles and practices that improve the effectiveness and reliability of pollination to assure high and stable yields.

(e) arthropod-plant interactions in natural habitats of southern Florida, with emphasis in habitats surrounding the Everglades National Park.

5 most significant publications

Gold, C., B. Pinese, and J. Peña. 2002. Pests of banana. Pp. 13-56 in J.E. Peña, J. Sharp, and M. Wysoki (eds.), Tropical Fruit Pests and Pollinators. CAB International, Wallingford, United Kingdom.
Peña, J.E, H. Nadel, D. Smith, and M. Pereira. 2002. Pollinators and pests of Annona species. Pp. 197-222 in J.E. Peña, J. Sharp, and M. Wysoki (eds.), Tropical Fruit Pests and Pollinators. CAB International, Wallingford, United Kingdom.

Smith, D., and J.E. Peña. 2002. Tropical fruit pests. Pp. 57-102 in J.E. Peña, J. Sharp, and M. Wysoki (eds.), Tropical Fruit Pests and Pollinators. CAB International, Wallingford, United Kingdom.

Ulmer, B*., J. Jacas, J. E. Peña, R. E. Duncan and J. Castillo. 2006. Effect of temperature
on life history of Aprostocetus vaquitarum (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae), an egg parasitoidof Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera:Curculionidae). Biological Control.39:19-25.

Pantoja, A., J. E. Peña, W. Robles, E. Abreu, S. Halbert, M. Lugo, E. Hernandez and J.
Ortiz. 2006. Aphids associated with papaya plants in Florida and Puerto Rico. J. University of Puerto Rico. 90: 99-107.

Extramural support during past 5 years

Grants from 1998 through 2004: approximate total - $746,208

Teaching Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

1)Guest Lecturer in Tropical Fruit Production and Research in Florida, HOS 5555, during alternate years from 1986-present. Percent Effort: 3% Teach 3-hr classes in Tropical Entomology, ENY 3563, during alternate years.

2)Principles of Entomology, ENY 3005, 2000. Taught 3-4 hr class in Entomology of Tropical Fruit Crops at University of Chiapas, Mexico; ICA, Palmira, Colombia, CIAT, Palmira, Colombia.

Extension/Outreach Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

The incumbent does not have an official appointment in Extension, however, at his own initiative or as requested by local Extension Agents, the incumbent gives lectures on pests affecting tropical fruit crops (average 3 per year), Master Gardeners Training (1 during the last 5 years).

Co-organizer 4 hour- Diaprepes Task Force Meeting, May 10, 2001; Approx. number of attendants: 75

Organizer, 4 hour- Workshop on Scales affecting litchi ( June, 2001): Approx. number of attendants: 50

Clinical Service or Clinical Activities

The incumbent does not have an official appointment on Diagnostics of Plant Problems, however at his own initiative/and or/ as needed, the incumbent cooperates with the identification of mite and insect problems affecting tropical fruit and ornamentals.

International Activities (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)
Lectures, Speeches or Posters Presented at Professional Conferences/Meetings

International, invited (total 19 last seven years)

  • Invited lecturer at a course on Pest Management in Central America organized by INCAT, San Salvador, El Salvador, June 20-22, 1992; August 20-21, 1992.
  • Served as Research Coordinator for the FAO-Ministry of Agriculture of Nicaragua, May 1995-June 1996. Established research priorities for management of Citrus Leafminer, established a biological control program at the Universidad Nacional Agraria de Nicaragua and at the Universidad Agraria de Managua, trained 4 technicians, read proposals, chaired panel meetings, made budget requests and recommended funding levels, and wrote a final report on the activities.
  • Organized a Central American Conference for Citrus Leafminer Management, FAO-Ministry of Agriculture, Managua, Nicaragua, June 3-7, 1996.
  • Invited to review and advise Management Strategies for Citrus Leafminer in the Near East, FAO Tartous, Syria, September 30-October 3, 1996.
  • Invited to review University of Puerto Rico, Hatch Project, Selected insect control practices in crops of economic importance to Puerto Rico, 2000
  • Reviewer, USDA-APHIS, Federal Register, Docket No. 00-003-1, 2000
  • Invited to review and advise on mango pest management program of Embrapa, Arid Region, Petrolina, Brazil, 2001
  • Reviewer, USDA CSREES, Crops at Risk Proposals, Washington, DC. April, 2002
  • Invited to review management strategies in banana in Quevedo, Ecuador, 2002.
  • Invited to review pest management strategies and advise on management strategies against Prodiplosis longifila, Trujillo, Perú, 2003.
  • Invited to develop an IPM program for fruit flies in Dominican Republic, 2005.

International Activities

  • Worked with Dr. Clifford Gold and Dr. C. Lomer on a AID Grant Proposal on Evaluation of BioControl Agents for Banana Weevil in Africa. Did a preliminary evaluation of entomopathogenic fungi against C. sordidus in Benin and Cote d’Ivoire, 1991-1992.
  • Trained 4 technicians in Nicaragua and 6 technicians in Colombia on biological control, sampling techniques and rearing methods for parasitoids of citrus leafminer, 1995.
  • Worked with 2 UF investigators on Biological Control of Citrus Leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella, Research Exchange and Exchange of Natural Enemy Material, People’s Republic of China, September 7-22, 1995.
  • Exploratory work from 1997 to present including searching for, collecting and importing potential parasitoids of the Diaprepes root weevil in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Dominica, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela.
  • Worked with Dr. J. Jacas, IVIA, Valencia, Spain on a research project on Management of the Citrus Leafminer. As part of this project, I spent 1 month in Spain in July, 1998, conducting research and conferring with collaborators on project matters.
  • Worked with Drs. A.C. Bellotti and Pamela Anderson, developing a monitoring program to assess different parasitoids of whiteflies in the neotropics, Colombia, 1998-present.
  • Worked with F. Nemaura and Flavia Rabelo, EMBRAPA, Petrolina, Brazil, reviewing pest management systems in mango, 2001.
  • Administrator, University of Florida and Center for Tropical Agriculture Cooperative Agreement, 2001-2005..
  • Administrator, University of Florida and Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia Cooperative Agreement, 2001-2005.
  • Worked with G. Guerrero, Peru reviewing Prodiplosis management in asparagus in Peru, 2003.
  • Worked with Dr. E. De Lillo, Servizio Fitosanitario, Bari, Italy on detection of enzymes on saliva of Aceria mangiferae, 2003.
  • Invited by CATIE Costa Rica to publish a paper onm Pollinators of Tropical Fruit in Revista Manejo Integrado de Plagas y Agroecologia. Accepted.
  • Organized a 7 day tour of 5 UF faculty to the University of Chiapas at Huehuetan, Mexico. Organized the writing of a ALO proposal with U Chiapas Faculty, 2004.
  • Member, student Committee for 2 students of the Colegio Postgraduados, Chapingo, Mexico, 2003-present.
  • Volunteered to be part of a UF survey team to evaluate small farmer practices in Pichilingue, Ecuador, 2005.
  • Volunteered to co-direct research on post harvest of coffee beans infested by coffee berry borer in Chinchina, Colombia, June 2006. Research was sponsored by USDA-Hawaii.
  • Accepted to represent the UF at the X IOBC Meeting at CIAT, Colombia, June, 2006.
  • Volunteered to represent the UF and be a part of an international team to manage the invasive pest, red palm mite in the Caribbean, October 2006, Trinidad, W. I.
  • Host for a U Caldas , Colombia short term scholar, August-October, 2006.
  • Accepted the invitation of Mango Ecuador to give a 1 hour seminar at the International Mango Meeting, Guayaquil, Ecuador, September 2006.
  • Organized with Dr. M. De Coss, (U Chiapas) a 2 week short course with 13 UF TREC faculty members to take place from April 17-April 30, 2007 at Huehuetan, Chiapas.


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