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

70% Administration, 30% Research
  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

  • Byamukama, E., T. Satyanarayana, G. L. Hein, R. A. Graybosch, P. S. Baenziger, R. French, and S. Wegulo. 2012. Effects of single and double infections of winter what by Triticum mosaic virus and wheat streak mosaic virus on yield determinants. Plant Disease 96: 859-864.
  • Hein, G. L., R. French, B. Siriwetwiwat, J. W. Amrine.  2012.  Genetic characterization of North American Populations of the Wheat Curl Mite and Dry Bulb Mite.  Journal of Economic Entomology 105(5):1801-1808.
  • Paula-Moraes, S.V., T. E. Hunt, R. J. Wright, G. L. Hein, E. E. Blankenship.  2012.  On-Plant Movement and Feeding of Western Bean Cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Early Instars on Corn.  Environmental Entomology 41(6):1494-1500 DOI:   http://dx.doi.10.1603/EN1249/.
  • Byamukama, E., D. L. Seifers, G. L. Hein, E. De Wolf, N. A. Tisserat, M. A. C. Langham, L. E. Osborne, A. Timmerman, S. N. Wegulo.  2013.  Occurrence and Distribution of Triticum mosaic virus in the Central Great Plains.  Plant Disease 97(1):21-29 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-06-12-0535-RE.
  • Navia, D., R. S. de Mendonca, A. Skoracka, W. Szydło, D. Knihinicki, G. L. Hein, P.R. V. da Silva Pereira, G. Truol, D. Lau.  2013.  Wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, and transmitted viruses: an expanding pest complex affecting cereal crops.  Experimental and Applied Acarology 59(1-2):95-143 DOI: http://10.1007/s10493-012-9633-y.
  • Stilwell, A. R., G. L. Hein, A. I. Zygielbaum, D. C. Rundquist.  2013.  Proximal sensing to detect symptoms associated with wheat curl mite-vectored viruses.  International Journal of Remote Sensing 34(14): 4951-4966.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2013.783945
  • Paula-Moraes, S., T. Hunt, R. Wright, G. L. Hein, E. Blankenship.  2013.  Western bean cutworm survival and the development of economic injury levels and economic thresholds in field corn.  Journal of Economic Entomology 106(3), 1274-1285.
  • Byamukama, E., S. Wegulo, S. Tatineni, G. L. Hein, R. Graybosch, P. S. Baenziger, 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, 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/PDIS-06-13-0582-RE  
  • Seifers, D. L., S.  N. Wegulo, G. L. Hein, E. Byamukama, E. De Wolf, 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., DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2014.924028
  • Skoracka, A., B. Rector, L. Kuczyński, W. Szydło, G. L. Hein, 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: http://doi:10.1111/aab.12130  
  • Tatineni, S., A J. McMechan, E. N. Wosula, S. N. Wegulo, R. A. Graybosch, R. French, 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, 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
  • Oliveira-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 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: http://dx.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.  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. 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
  • Tatineni, S., E. 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. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (accepted)
  • Wosula, E. N., S/ Tatineni, S. N. Wegulo, and G. L. Hein.  2016.  Effect of temperature on Wheat streak mosaic virus disease development. Plant Disease (accepted)
Recent Major Extension Publications:
  • Bradshaw, J., 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 an 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.
  • North Central Branch, Entomological Society of America (ESA) Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension (2002)
  • Distinguished Extension Specialist, UNL Extension – 2008
  • North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, President - 2006-07
  • Excellence in Extension Team Programming Award (Cooperative Extension), 1992, 1998, 2003