Dr. Gary L. Hein

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Director - Doctor of Plant Health Professional Program and
Professor of Entomology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
279D Plant Sciences Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0933
Phone: (402) 472-3345
FAX: (402) 472-3300
Email: GHEIN1@UNL.EDU

Appointment:
70% Administration, 30% Research
Education:
  1. B.A. in Biology, Concordia College, 1976
  2. M.S. in Entomology, Iowa State University, 1981
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, Iowa State University, 1984

Professional Responsibilities and Activities: 

Administration: Responsible for directing and managing the Doctor of Plant Health Program offered at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The mission of the Doctor of Plant Health Program at UNL is to produce plant practitioners who are broadly trained in the various disciplines that impact plant health and plant management. These practitioners will be capable of integrating this broad training to diagnose and solve plant health problems and to develop plant management systems that maximize the system's economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Research: Emphasis is on determining aspects of wheat curl mite biology and ecology that are relevant to the epidemiology and management of its vectored viruses in wheat.

 Recent Refereed Publications (past 5 years)

  • Byamukama, E., S. Wegulo, S. Tatineni, G. L. Hein, R. Graybosch, P. S. Baenziger, and R. French. 2014. Quantification of yield loss caused by Triticum mosaic virus and Wheat streak mosaic virus in winter wheat under field conditions. Plant Disease 98: 127-133. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-04-13-0419-RE
  • McMechan, A. J., S. Tatineni, R. French, and G. L. Hein. 2014. Differential transmission of Triticum mosaic virus by wheat curl mite populations collected in the Great Plains. Plant Disease 98(6): 806-810. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/DPIS-06-13-0582-RE
  • Seifers, D. L., S. Wegulo, G. L. Hein, E. Byamukama, E. De Wolf, and M. A. C. Langham. 2014. Biological properties of isolates of Triticum mosaic virus from the Great Plains states of the USA. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 36: 389-365. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2014.924028
  • Skoracka, A., B. Rector, L. Kuszynski, W. Szydło, G. L. Hein, and R. French. 2014. Global spread of wheat curl mite by its most polyphagous and pestiferous lineages. Stratford: Global spread of wheat curl mite by its most polyphagous and pestiferous lineages. Annals of Applied Biology, 165: 222-235. DOI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/aab.12130
  • Tatineni, S., A J. McMechan, E. N. Wosula, S. N. Wegulo, R. A. Graybosch, R. French, and G. L. Hein. 2014. An eriophyid mite-transmitted plant virus contains eight genomic RNS segments with unusual heterogeneity in the nucleocapsid protein. Journal of Virology 88(20): 11834-11845. DOI:http://doi:10.1128/JVI.01901-14
  • Sotelo, P. A., G. L. Hein, F. B. Peairs, and C. M. Smith. 2014. Effects of planting date and barley variety on Russian wheat aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) populations in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Journal of Economic Entomology 107(5): 1969-1976. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EC14055
  • Baenziger, P. S., R. A. Graybosch, T. Regassa, R. N. Klein, G. R. Kruger, D. K. Santra, L. Xu, D. J. Rose, S. N. Wegulo, Y. Jin, J. Kolmer, G. L. Hein, M.-S. Chen, G. Bai, R. L. Bowden, and J. Poland. 2014. Registration of ‘NE06545’ (Husker Genetics Brand Freeman) hard red winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 8: 279-284. DOI: http://doi:10.3198/jpr2014.02.0009crc
  • Oliveria-Hofman, C., S. N. Wegulo, S. Tatineni, and G. L. Hein. 2015. Impact of Wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus co-infection of wheat on transmission rates by wheat curl mites. Plant Disease 99(8): 1170-1174. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-14-0868-RE
  • Wosula, E. N., A. J. McMechan, C. Oliveira-Hofman, S. N. Wegulo, and G. L. Hein. 2015. Differential transmission of two isolates of Wheat streak mosaic virus by five wheat curl mite populations. Plant Disease 100: 154-158. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-03-15-0342-RE
  • Wosula, E. N., A. J. McMechan, and G. L. Hein. 2015. The Effect of Temperature, Relative Humidity, and Virus Infection Status on off-host Survival of the Wheat Curl Mite (Acari: Eriophyidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 108(4): 1545-1552. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tov185
  • Szydlo, W., G. L. Hein, E. Denizhan, and A. Skoracka. 2015. Exceptionally high levels of genetic diversity in wheat curl mite (Acari: Eriophyidae) populations from Turkey. Journal of Economic Entomology 108(4): 2030-2039. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/tov180
  • Tatineni, S., A. J. McMechan, M. Bartels, G. L. Hein, and R. A. Graybosch. 2015. In vitro transcripts of wild-type and fluorescent protein-tagged Triticum mosaic virus (Family Potyviridae) are biologically active in wheat. Phytopathology 105(11): 1496-1505. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-06-15-0138-R
  • Byamukama, E., S. Tatineni, G. L. Hein, A. J. McMechan, and S. N. Wegulo. 2015. Incidence of wheat streak mosaic virus, Triticum mosaic virus, and wheat mosaic virus in wheat curl mites recovered from maturing winter wheat spikes. Plant Disease 100: 318-323. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-06-15-0692-RE
  • McMechan, A. J. and G. L. Hein. 2016. Planning date and variety selection for management of viruses transmitted by the wheat curl mite (Acari: Eriophyidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 109: 70-77. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tov311
  • Pretorius, R. J., G. L. Hein, and J. D. Bradshaw. 2016. Ecology and Management of Pemphigus betae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Sugar Beet. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 7(1): 10, 1-9. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmw008
  • Nguy-Robertson, A., A. I. Zygielbaum, A. J. McMechan, G. L. Hein, S. N. Wegulo, A. R. Stilwell, and T. M. Smith. 2016. Developing a framework for a risk map for mite vectored viruses in wheat resulting from pre-harvest hail damage. Crop Protection 89: 21-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2016.06.014
  • Ali, N., J. S. Heslop-Harrison, H. Ahmad, R. A. Graybosch, G. L. Hein, and T. Schwarzacher. 2016. Introgression of chromosomes segments from multiple alien species in wheat breeding lines with wheat streak mosaic virus resistance. Heredity (2016): 1-10. http://dx.doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.36
  • Baenziger, P. S., R. A. Graybosch, T. Regassa, R. N. Klein, G. R. Kruger, D. K. Santra, L. Xu, D. J. Rose, S. N. Wegulo, Y. Jin, J. Kolmer, G. L. Hein, M. S. Chen, G. Bai, R. L. Bowden, and J. Poland. 2016. Registration of ‘NE05548’ (Husker Genetics Brand Panhandle) hard red winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 10: 276-282. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3198/jpr2016.01.0006crc
  • Tatineni, S., E. N. Wosula, M. Bartels, G. L. Hein, and R. A. Graybosch. 2016. Temperature-dependent Wsm1 and Wsm2 gene-specific blockage of viral long-distance transport provides resistance to Wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus in wheat. MPMI 29 (9): 724-738. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-06-16-0110-R
  • Wosula, E. N., S. Tatineni, S. N. Wegulo, G. L. Hein. 2017. Effect of temperature on wheat streak mosaic disease development in winter wheat. Plant Disease 101: 324-330. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-16-1053-RE
  • Pretorius, R. J., G. L. Hein, E. E. Blankenship, F. F. Purrington, and J. D. Bradshaw. 2017. Response of Pemphigus betae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and beneficial epigeal arthropod communities to sugar-beet plant density and seed-applied insecticide in western Nebraska. Environmental Entomology. 46: 107-117. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvw157
  • McMechan, A. J., and G. L. Hein. 2017. Population dynamics of the wheat curl mite (Acari: Eriophyidae) during the heading stages of winter wheat. Journal of Economic Entomology 110: 355-361. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tox028
  • Tatineni, S. A. J. McMechan, and G. L. Hein. 2018. Wheat streak mosaic virus coat protein is a determinant for vector transmission by the wheat curl mite. Virology 514: 42-49. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2017.10.018
  • Wosula, E. N., A. J. McMechan, E. Knoell, S. Tatineni, S. N. Wegulo, and G. L. Hein. 2018. Impact of timing and method of virus inoculation on the severity of wheat streak mosaic in a virus resistant and susceptible winter wheat cultivar. Plant Disease 102: 645-650. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-17-1227-RE
  • Gupta, A. K., G. L. Hein, R. A. Graybosch and S. A. Tatineni. 2018. Octapartite negative-sense RNA genome of High Plains wheat mosaic virus encodes two suppressors of RNA silencing. Virology 518: 152-162. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2018.02.013
  • Skoracka, A., B. G. Rector and G. L. Hein. 2018. The interface between wheat and the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, the primary vector of globally important diseases. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: (1098) 1-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01098
  • Pretorius, R. J., G. L. Hein, E. E. Blankenship, F. F. Purrington, R. G. Wilson and J. D. Bradshaw. 2018. Comparing the Effects of Two Tillage Operations on Beneficial Epigeal Arthopod Communities and Their Associated Ecosystem Services in Sugar Beets. Journal of Economic Entomology 111: 2617-2631. DOI: ttps://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy285
  • Tatineni, S. and G. L. Hein. 2018. Genetics and mechanisms underlying transmission of Wheat streak mosaic virus by the wheat curl mite. Current Opinion in Virology 33:1-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coviro.2018.07.012
  • Stilwell, A. R., D. C. Rundquist, D. B. Marx and G. L. Hein. 2018. Differential spatial gradients of Wheat streak mosaic virus into winter wheat from a central mite-virus source. Plant Disease 1-36. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-01-18-0025-RE
Book Chapters (recent)
  • Harris, M.O., K. Anderson, M. El-Bouhssini, F. Peairs, G. Hein, and S. Xu. 2017. Wheat pests: insects, mites and prospects for the future. In Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 1: Breeding, quality traits, pests and diseases, P. Langridge (ed.). Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK (ISBN: 978 1 78676 016 6; www.bdspublishing.com), pp. 467-544.
  • Stenger, D. C., G. L. Hein, S. Tatineni, and R. French. 2016. Eriophyid Mite Vectors of Plant Viruses. Pages 263-274, In: Vector-Mediated Transmission of Plant Pathogens. J. K. Brown (ed). The American Phytopathological Society.
Major Extension Publications (recent)
  • Bradshaw, J., and G. L. Hein. 2013. Insect Management. In: Sugarbeet Production Guide. R. Wilson and J. Smith (Ed.), (vol. EC156). Insect Management.
  • Hein, G. L., J. Michels, and P. Sloderbeck. 2010. Arthropod pests of wheat. Pp. 61-107 In: Wheat production and pest management, F. B. Peairs, Ed. Colorado State Univ. Extension, Ft. Collins, CO.
  • Hein, G. L. 2010. Wheat curl mite. Pp. 132-133. In: Compendium of wheat diseases and pests (3rd edition). W. W. Bockus, R. L. Bowden, R. M. Hunger, W. L. Morrill, T. D. Murray, and R. W. Smiley (eds). APS Press, St. Paul, 184 pp.
  • Hein, G. L. 2010. Mites other than wheat curl mite. Pp. 128-130. In: Compendium of wheat diseases and pests (3rd edition). W. W. Bockus, R. L. Bowden, R. M. Hunger, W. L. Morrill, T. D. Murray, and R. W. Smiley (eds). APS Press, St. Paul, 184 pp.
  • Hein, G. L., M. A. Boetel, and L. D. Godfrey. 2009. Major insect and arthropod pests. Pp. 95-117. In: Compendium of Beet Diseases and Pests (2nd edition). R. M. Harveson, L. E. Hanson, and G. L. Hein, eds. APS Press, St. Paul, 140 pp.

Notable Distinctions:

  • Teaching Award of Merit, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and UNL-CASNR, 2014.
  • Distinguished Extension Specialist, UNL Extension – 2008
  • North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, President - 2006-07
  • North Central Branch, Entomological Society of America (ESA) Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension (2002)
  • Excellence in Extension Team Programming Award (Cooperative Extension), 1992, 1998, 2003<.li>

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  • 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!
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