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...

  • Dr. Susan WellerDr. Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of Entomology, has been elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The society noted Weller’s internationally-known research on arctiine moths and other Noctuoidea, and her administrative leadership in promoting entomology and science education. See the article at UNL News for more about Weller's recognition. Congratulations Susan!
  • Marilyn Weidner & GracieWe are pleased to announce that Marilyn Weidner has been named winner of the IANR Exemplary Service Award! Weidner has roles in administrative support, personnel management, data documentation and archiving, review preparation, promotion and evaluation tracking, payroll for 15 departments, and much more. Well deserved Marilyn!
  • Rogan Tokach winning scholarshipCongratulations to Rogan Tokach (Master's student co-mentored by Dr. Autumn Smart and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart) on being awarded a $10,000 national Christi Heintz Memorial Scholarship by Project Apis m!
    Well done, Rogan!
  • Steve Spomer with Beetle CollectionsSpomer nets 40-year Butterfly & Beetle Legacy. Best wishes to Steve Spomer who is retiring this December after 40 years in the Entomology Department. Spomer has identified nearly 700 insect species, including the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, and taught countless University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. 
  • Bridget Gross with Bees.Bridget Gross, master's student in Entomology, mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Dr. Doug Golick, was featured in the Nov. 11th IANR Student Spotlight. Bridget presented her master's degree seminar last month and graduates in December.

  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!