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.

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Insect Science major Earl Agpawa (conducting undergraduate research with Joe Louis and Eileen Hebets) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.This is a national award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in entomology by an undergraduate student working with insect-plant interactions. Congratulations, Earl!
  • PhD student Sajjan Grover (mentored by Joe Louis) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award. This is a national award recognizing a graduate student for outstanding work in the area of host plant resistance. Congratulations, Sajjan!
  • Dr. Joe Louis receives a grant to study resistance in sorghum to fall armyworm
  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!