Dr. Odair A. Fernandes

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Full Professor of Entomology
Departamento de Fitossanidade
FCAV/Sao Paulo State University

Phone: 55 (16) 3209-7304
FAX: 55(16) 3209-1301

Email: odair.fernandes@unesp.br



Adjunct Faculty


Professional Activities:

My research program involves applied insect ecology aiming at enhancing biological control of maize and sugarcane insect pests and improving decision making in IPM of cereal, vegetable, and fruit crops in Brazil. My responsibilities include teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level classes such as Pests of Agricultural Crops, Biological Control, and Insect Ecology as well as extension activities on maize, sugarcane, and peanut in Southeastern Brazil.


  1. B.S. in Agronomy, FCAV/UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil, 1983
  2. M.S. in Entomology, FFCL/USP, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil, 1987
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995


Recent Publications (detailed CV can be accessed at http://lattes.cnpq.br/1458288287757880):

  • SOUTHON, R.J., FERNANDES, O.A., NASCIMENTO, F.S., SUMNER, S. 2019. Social wasps are effective biocontrol agents of key lepidopteran crop pests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1914), p.20191676. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1676)
  • SANTOS, L.A.O., COSTA, M.B., LAVIGNE, C., FERNANDES, O.A., BISCHOFF, A., FRANCK, P. 2018. Influence of the margin vegetation on the conservation of aphid biological control in apple orchards. Journal of Insect Conservation, 22: 1-10. (doi: 10.1007/s10841-018-0074-8)
  • SANTOS, L.A.O., NARANJO-GUEVARA, N., FERNANDES, O.A. 2017. Diversity and abundance of edaphic arthropods associated with conventional and organic sugarcane crops in Brazil. The Florida Entomologist, 100: 134-144. (doi: 10.1653/024.100.0119)
  • VARELLA, A.C., MENEZES-NETTO, A.C., ALONSO, J.D.S., CAIXETA, D.F., PETERSON, R.K.D., FERNANDES, O.A. 2015. Mortality dynamics of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) immatures in maize. Plos One, 10, e0130437. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130437)
  • HOBACK, W.W., BUENO, A.F., MARTINEZ, C.A., HIGLEY, L.G., FERNANDES, O.A. 2015. Photosynthetic responses of potato to Colorado potato beetle injury and differences in injury between adult males and females. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 157: 181-187. (doi: 10.1111/eea.12354)
  • LEMES, A. R. N., DAVOLOS, C. C., LEGORI, P. C. B. C., FERNANDES, O.A., FERRÉ, J., LEMOS, M.V.F., DESIDERIO, J.A. 2014. Synergism and antagonism between Bacillus thuringiensis Vip3A and Cry1 proteins in Heliothis virescens, Diatraea saccharalis and Spodoptera frugiperda. Plos One. 9: 107196 - 8. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107196)
  • BERGAMASCO, V.B., MENDES, D.R.P., FERNANDES, O. A., DESIDÉRIO, J.A., LEMOS, M.V.F. 2013. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ia10 and Vip3Aa protein interactions and their toxicity in Spodoptera spp. (Lepidoptera). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 112: 152-158. (doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2012.11.011)
  • ROSSATO Jr., J.A.S., COSTA, G. H. G., MADALENO, L. L., MUTTON, M. J. R., HIGLEY, L. G., FERNANDES, O. A. 2013. Characterization and impact of the Sugarcane Borer on sugarcane yield and quality. Agronomy Journal. 105: 643-648. (doi: 10.2134/agronj2012.0309)
  • VILARINHO, E. C., FERNANDES, O. A., HUNT, T., CAIXETA, D.F. 2011. Movement of Spodoptera frugiperda adults (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in maize in Brazil. The Florida Entomologist. 94: 480-488. (doi: 10.1653/024.094.0312)
  • PETERSON, R.K.D., DAVIS, R.S., HIGLEY, L. G., FERNANDES, O. A. 2009. Mortality risk in insects. Environmental Entomology. 38: 2-10. (doi: 10.1603/022.038.0102)

Selected books and book chapters
  • FERNANDES, O.A., MORAES, J.G., WEKESA, V.W. Biological pest control in the tropics. In: Rapisarda, C. & Cocuzza, G.E.M. (eds.) Integrated pest management in tropical regions. Wallingford: CABI Publishing. 2017, p. 33-46.
  • SUASSUNA, T.M.F., DOMINGUES, M.A.C., FERNANDES, O.A., PENARIOL, A.L., ALMEIDA, R.P., GONDIM, T.M.S., TANAKA, R.T., GODOY, I.J., ALVES, P.L.C.A., SUASSUNA, N.D., COUTINHO, W.M., MORAIS, L.K., ASSIS, J.S. 2008. Produção integrada de amendoim. In: Zambolin, L., Nasser, L.C.B., Andrigueto, J.R., Teixeira, J.M.A., Kososki, A.R., Fachinelo, J.C. (Org.). Produção Integrada no Brasil; Agropecuária sustentável e alimentos seguros. 1ed. Brasília: MAPA, p. 145-181.

Teaching Recognition:
  • 2016 Outstanding Mentor of the LXV Agronomy Class at São Paulo State University, FCAV/UNESP.
  • 2011 Outstanding Mentor of the LXI Agronomy Class at São Paulo State University, FCAV/UNESP.
  • 1998 Outstanding Mentor of the XLVII Agronomy Class at São Paulo State University, FCAV/UNESP.

Research Recognition:
  • Syngenta Entomological Advisory Group (SEAG) award for research competition - Syngenta do Brasil Ltd., 2002.
  • Novartis Entomological Advisory Group (NEAG) award for research competition - Novartis do Brasil Ltd., 2000.
  • Florida Entomological Society Scholarship Award, Florida Entomological Society, 1994.

Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Student working with a laptop for online degreeOnline students in the online Master's of Science (MS) degree program will benefit from a reduced credit-hour requirement and a reduced time requirement following changes by the UNL Graduate College and the Entomology Department. Starting next fall, students may earn an online MS degree for 30 credits, instead of 36 credits, under the Option B.  The new degree plan must be completed within five years, instead of 10 years.  More details about this change may be found on the IANR News website.
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  • Dr. Gary Brewer, professor of Entomology has a new Push-Pull Strategy to manage Stable Flies.  These flies cause billions in economic losses for the US and the world. Brewer explains the Strategy on this YouTube Video. 
  • Annie KruegerAnnie Krueger, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight this week. Annie is from Stevensville, MD, and plans to graduate this August. She is mentored by Dr. Troy Anderson

  • Dr. Doug GolickDr. Doug Golick, associate professor of Entomology, received a $19,259 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) in April. He received one of 23 grants that were awarded to faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Golick will study Milkweed as a teaching tool in the classroom. 
  • Dr. Autumn SmartThe Economics of Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Mgt. & Overwintering Strategies of Colonies Used to Pollinate Almonds,” co-authored by Dr. Autumn Smart, was chosen as a runner-up in the 2019-20 Readers' Choice Award for the Journal of Economic Entomology. Congratulations Autumn!
  • Matthew GreinerMS student Matt Greiner (mentored by Ana Vélez) was awarded 1st place in the student paper competition at the recent Ozark-Prairie SETAC meeting. The victory will provide him with funds to attend the national SETAC meeting in November. Way to go, Matthew!