Dr. Lance J. Meinke

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Professor of Entomology
Department of Entomology
109B Entomology Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0816
Telephone: (402) 472-8707
FAX: (402) 472-4687
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80% Research, 20% Teaching
  1. Ph.D.in Entomology, North Carolina State University, 1984
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Arizona, 1977
  3. B.S. in Entomology, North Dakota State University, 1975 and in Biology, Concordia College, Seward, NE, 1971-1973
Professional Interests:
Insect Ecology and Behavior, Integrated Pest Management, Resistance Management, Chrysomelid Taxonomy

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Major research focus is on the biology, ecology, and management of Diabrotica species, particularly in field corn.  Specific areas of emphasis include: western and northern corn rootworm behavior and population dynamics; Diabrotica resistance management issues/strategies:  detection and characterization of western corn rootworm resistance to conventional insecticides or traits incorporated into transgenic corn; characterizing effects of transgenic events on corn rootworm life history traits/fitness. Secondary research areas include the biology and pest potential of Colaspis species in Nebraska, and the taxonomy, host relationships, and distribution of Chrysomelid Criocerinae in Nebraska.
  • Entomology 817 "Pest Management Systems"
  • Entomology 400 "Biology and Classification of Insects"
 Professional Activities and Service

National/International (examples: 2001-2016):

  • 1985-2016:  Nebraska representative to NCCC-46 Regional Corn Rootworm Research Committee, chair, 2001; NCCC-46 IRM subcommittee: 2001-2007.
  • 1996-2003:  Co-Coordinator, Resistance monitoring effort for USDA-ARS sponsored Corn Rootworm Areawide Management Pilot Program.
  • 2001, 2002:  Senior author of NCCC-46 letters submitted to EPA regarding resistance management issues surrounding use of corn rootworm protected transgenic plants.
  • 2001:  Invited participant in EPA sponsored workshop “Insect Resistant Management Strategies Framework Development” Washington, D.C.
  • 2002:  Co-Organizer, NC-205/NCCC-46/Industry Corn Insects Resistance Management Conference.
  • 2003:  Invited participant in USDA sponsored workshop “Future Directions and Research Priorities for the USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program” Washington, D.C.
  • 2005:  Invited presenter/participant in regional Corn Rootworm Distance Education Workshop.
  • 2007:  Invited member of International Expert Group on western corn rootworm ecology, Nice, France
  • 2008:  Invited plenary speaker at the European Union DIABR-ACT project meeting, Gottingen, Germany.
  • 2008:  Invited panel member, Arthropod and Nematode Organismal and Population Biology NRI Competitive Grant Program, CSREES, USDA; Washington, DC.
  • 2009:  Invited participant in “External SAP Review Meeting for Optimum AcreMax 1 Insect Protection”. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Ames, IA.
  • 2009, 2011:  Co-leader University of Nebraska Study Abroad Program, Tropical Insect Biodiversity - Costa Rica
  • 2010-2014:  Invited participant in 23 industry sponsored meetings/workshops as an expert/advisor pertaining to current or future technologies to manage corn insects or resistance management.
  • 2011-2016:  Invited member of ad-hoc group that advised EPA on emerging IRM issues pertaining to Bt corn.
  • 2011-2013:  Invited member of Advisory Committee for Monsanto-sponsored Corn Rootworm Knowledge Competitive Grant Program.
  • 2013:  Interviewed for National Public Radio piece pertaining to western corn rootworm resistance to plant incorporated traits and IRM research at Nebraska.  Radio piece aired 9 July 2013.
  • 2014: National webinar: “Corn rootworm management in the transgenic era”.
  • 2015:   Lead author on Nebraska letter to EPA pertaining to proposed changes in rootworm IRM policy
  • 2016:   Co-organizer of the symposium:  Challenges and opportunities for management of the western corn rootworm.  International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.
University (examples: 2011- 2016):
  • 2009-2016: IANR Dr. Plant Health Curriculum Steering, Admissions, Exam Committees
  • 2009-2016: UNL Biotechnology Field Release Committee
  • 2014-2016: UNL Greenhouse Committee
Department (examples: 2011-2016):
  • 1985-2016: Department liaison with Univ. Nebr. Agric. Research and Development Center, near Ithaca, NE
  • 2011-2016: Curriculum Committee
  • 2011-2016 Student Scholarship and Internship Committee
  • 2013-2014: Search Committee chair: Entomology Field Research Coordinator (ARDC)
  • 2015: Search Committee chair: Department of Entomology Insect Toxicology position
  • 2011-2012, 2015-2016: Chair, Department Promotion and Tenure Committee

Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (2000-2016)

  • Andow, D. A., S. G. Pueppke, A.W. Schaafsma, A. J. Gassmann, T.W. Sappington, L. J. Meinke, P.D. Mitchell, T.M. Hurley, R.L. Hellmich, R. P. Porter. 2016. Early detection and mitigation of resistance to Bt maize by western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol (forum). 109: 1–12.
  • Coats, B.S., A. Alves, H. Wang, X. Zhou, T. Nowatzki, H. Chen, M. Rangasamy, H. Robertson, C. Whitfield, K. Walden, S. Kachman, B. French, L. Meinke, D. Hawthorne, C. Abel, T. Sappington, B. Siegfried, and N. Miller. 2016. Quantitative trait locus mapping and functional genomics of an organophosphate resistance trait in the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera. Insect Mol. Biol 25: 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/imb.12194
  • Haridas, C.V., L. J. Meinke, B. E. Hibbard, B.D. Siegfried, and B. Tenhumberg. 2016. Effects of temporal variation in temperature and density dependence on insect population dynamics. Ecosphere 7(5):e01287. 10.1002/ecs2.1287 .
  • Tinsley, N. A., P. D. Mitchell, R. J. Wright, L. J. Meinke, R. E. Estes, and M. E. Gray. 2016. Estimation of efficacy functions for products used to manage corn rootworm larval injury. J. Appl. Entomol. 140: 414-425. DOI: 10.1111/jen.12276
  • Wangila, D.S. and L. J. Meinke. 2016. Effects of adult emergence timing on susceptibility and fitness of Cry3Bb1-resistant western corn rootworms. J. Appl. Entomol. Early view online: doi: 10.1111/jen.12346
  • Frank, D., R. Kurtz, N. Tinsley, A.J. Gassmann, L. J. Meinke, D. Moellenbeck, M. Gray, L. Bledsoe, C. Krupke, R. Estes, P. Weber, and B. Hibbard. 2015. Effect of seed blends and soil-insecticide on western and northern corn rootworm emergence from mCry3A + eCry3.1Ab Bt maize. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 1260-1270. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov081.
  • Miwa, K. and L. J. Meinke. 2015. Developmental biology and effects of adult diet on consumption, longevity, and fecundity of Colaspis crinicornis. J. Insect Sci. (2015) 15(1): 78; DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/iev062
  • Miwa, K. and L. J. Meinke. 2015. Diel patterns of Colaspis brunnea and Colaspis crinicornis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in southeastern Nebraska. Environ. Entomol. 44: 1553-1561.
  • Pereira, A.E., H. Wang, S.N. Zukoff, L. J. Meinke, B. W. French, B. D. Siegfried. 2015. Evidence of field-evolved resistance to bifenthrin in western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) populations in western Nebraska and Kansas. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142299. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142299 published 13 Nov 2015.
  • Wangila, D. S., A. J. Gassmann, J. L. Petzold-Maxwell, B. W. French, and L. J. Meinke. 2015. Susceptibility of Nebraska western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) populations to Bt corn events. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 742-751.
  • Sandall, L. D. Lee, L. J. Meinke, B. Siegfried. 2014. Corn rootworm: Small insect, big impact. Natural Sci. Edu. 43: 43-. DOI:10.4195/nse2013.05.0015.
  • Geisert, R.W. and L. J. Meinke. 2013. Frequency of extended diapause in Nebraska populations of Diabrotica barberi (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 1619-1627.
  • Petzold-Maxwell, J. L., L. J. Meinke, M. E. Gray, R. E. Estes, and A. J. Gassmann. 2013. Effect of Bt maize and soil insecticides on yield, injury, and rootworm survival: Implications for resistance management. J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 1941-1951.
  • Petzold-Maxwell, J. L., A. P. Alves, R. E. Estes, M. E. Gray, L. J. Meinke, E. Shields, S. Thompson, N. A. Tinsley, and A. J. Gassmann. 2013. Applying an integrated refuge to manage western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): effects on survival, fitness and selection pressure. J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 2195-2207.
  • Clark, T, L., D. L. Frank, B.W. French, L. J. Meinke, D. Moellenbeck, T. T. Vaughn, and B. E. Hibbard. 2012. Mortality impact of MON863 transgenic maize roots on western corn rootworm larvae in the field. J. Appl. Entomol. 136: 721-729.
  • Pan, Z., D. W. Onstad, T. M. Nowatzki, B. H. Stanley, L. J. Meinke, J. L. Flexner. 2011. Western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) dispersal and adaptation to single-toxin transgenic corn deployed with block or blended refuge. Environ. Entomol. 40: 964-978.
  • Campbell, L. A., T. L. Clark, P. Clark, L. J. Meinke, J.E. Foster. 2011. Field introgression of D. barberi Smith and Lawrence and D. longicornis (Say) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) based on genetic and morphological characters. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 104: 1380-1391.
  • Onstad, D.W., and L.J. Meinke. 2010. Modeling evolution of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to transgenic corn with two insecticidal traits. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 849-860.
  • Campbell, L.A. and L. J. Meinke. 2010. Fitness of Diabrotica barberi, Diabrotica longicornis, and their hybrids (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am.103: 925-935.
  • Miller, N.J., T. Guillemaud, R. Giordano, B.D. Siegfried, M.E. Gray, L.J. Meinke, and T. W. Sappington. 2009. Genes, gene flow and adaptation of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera. Agricultural and Forest Entomol. 11:47-60. Review article.
  • Meinke, L.J., T.W. Sappington, D.W. Onstad, T. Guillemaud, N. J. Miller, J. Komaromi, N. Levay, L. Furlan, J. Kiss, and F. Toth. 2009. Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) population dynamics. Agricultural and Forest Entomol. 11:29-46. Review article.
  • Becker, S.B., and L.J. Meinke. 2008. A technique to morphologically differentiate larvae of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera and D. barberi (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 81:77-79.
  • Parimi, S., L. J. Meinke, B. W. French, L. D. Chandler, and B. D. Siegfried. 2006. Stability and persistence of aldrin and methyl-parathion resistance in western corn rootworm populations (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Crop Protection 25: 269-274.
  • Caprio, M. A., T. Nowatzki, B. D. Siegfried, L. J. Meinke, R. J. Wright, and L. D. Chandler. 2006. Assessing the risk of resistance to aerial applications of methyl-parathion in the western corn rootworm. J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 483-493.
  • Clark, P. L., T. T. Vaughn, L. J. Meinke, J. Molina-Ochoa and J. E. Foster. 2006. Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larval feeding behavior on trangenic maize (MON 863) and its isoline. J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 722-727.
  • Campbell, L. A., and L. J. Meinke. 2006. Seasonality and adult habitat use by four Diabrotica species at prairie-corn interfaces. Environ. Entomol. 35: 922-936.
  • Nowatzki, T.M., X. Zhou, L.J. Meinke, T. Vaughn, and B.D. Siegfried. 2006. Effect of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein on the feeding behavior and longevity of adult western corn rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 927-930.
  • Stebbing, J. A., L. J. Meinke, S. E. Naranjo, B. D. Siegfried, R. J. Wright, and L. D. Chandler. 2005. Flight behavior of methyl-parathion resistant and susceptible western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) populations from Nebraska. J. Econ. Entomol. 98: 1294-1304.
  • Zhou, X., M.E. Scharf, L. J. Meinke, L.D. Chandler, and B.D. Siegfried. 2005. Immunological assessment of an insecticide resistance-associated esterase in the western corn rootworm. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 58: 157-165.
  • Zhou, X., M.E. Scharf, G. Sarath, L.J. Meinke, L.D. Chandler, and B.D. Siegfried. 2004. Partial purification and characterization of a methyl-parathion resistance-associated general esterase in Diabrotica virgifera virgifera(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 78: 114-125.
  • Siegfried, B. D., L.J. Meinke, S. Parimi, M.E. Scharf, T.J. Nowatzki, X. Zhou, and L.D. Chandler. 2004. Monitoring western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) susceptibility to carbaryl and cucurbitacin baits in the areawide management pilot program. J. Econ. Entomol. 97: 1726-1733.
  • Parimi, S., M.E., Scharf, L.J. Meinke, L.D. Chander, and B.D. Siegfried. 2003. Inheritance of methyl-parathion resistance in Nebraska western corn rootworm populations (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 131-136.
  • Parimi, S., L.J. Meinke, T. Nowatzki, L.D. Chandler, B.W. French, and B.D. Siegfried. 2003. Toxicity of different insecticide bait mixtures to insecticide resistant and susceptible western corn rootworm populations from Nebraska (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Crop Protection 22: 781-786.
  • Zhou, X., M. E. Scharf, L. J. Meinke, L. D. Chandler, and B. D. Siegfried. 2003. Characterization of general esterases from methyl parathion-resistant and -susceptible populations of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 1855-1863.
  • Nowatzki, T.M., B. Niimi, K.J. Warren, S. Putnam, L.J. Meinke, D.C. Gosselin, F.E. Harvey, T.E.Hunt, and B.D. Siegfried. 2003. In-field labeling of western corn rootworm adults (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) with rubidium. J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 1750-1759.
  • Zhou, X., M.E. Scharf, S. Parimi, L.J. Meinke, R.J. Wright, L.D. Chandler, and B.D. Siegfried. 2002. Diagnostic assays based on esterase-mediated resistance mechanisms in western corn rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 95: 1261-1266.
  • Hoback, W.W., T.C. Clark, L.J. Meinke, L.G. Higley, and J.M. Scalzitti. 2002. Immersion survival differs among three Diabrotica species. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 105: 29-34.
  • Urias-Lopez, M.A., L. J. Meinke. 2001. Influence of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larval injury on yield of different types of maize. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 106-111.
  • Scharf, M.E., S. Parimi, L.J. Meinke, L.D. Chandler, and B.D. Siegfried. 2001. Expression and induction of three family 4 cytochrome P450 (CYP4) genes identified from insecticide-resistant and susceptible western corn rootworms, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera. Insect Molecular Biol. 10: 139-146.
  • Clark, T. L., L. J. Meinke, and J. E. Foster. 2001. Molecular phylogeny of Diabrotica beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) inferred from analysis of combined mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Insect Molecular Biol. 10: 303-314.
  • Clark, T. L., L. J. Meinke, and J. E. Foster. 2001. PCR-RFLP of mitochondrial COI DNA provides diagnostic markers for selected Diabrotica species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Bull. Entomol. Res. 91: 419-427.
  • Clark, T. L., L. J. Meinke, S. Skoda, and J. E. Foster. 2001. Occurrence of Wolbachia in selected Diabroticite (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) beetles. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 94: 877-885.
  • Darnell, S.J., L.J. Meinke, and L.J. Young. 2000. Influence of corn phenology on adult western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) distribution. Environ. Entomol. 29: 587-595.
  • Wright, R.J., M.E. Scharf, L.J. Meinke, X.Zhou, B.D. Siegfried, and L.D. Chandler. 2000. Larval susceptibility of an insecticide-resistant western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) population to soil insecticides: Laboratory bioassays, assays of detoxification enzymes, and field performance. J. Econ. Entomol. 93: 7-13.
  • Scharf, M. E., B.D. Siegfried, L.J. Meinke, R.J. Wright, and L.D. Chandler. 2000. Cytochrome P450 mediated N-demethylation activity and induction in insecticide-resistant and susceptible western corn rootworm populations (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 67: 137-143.
  • Scharf, M. E., B.D. Siegfried, L.J. Meinke, and L.D. Chandler. 2000. Fipronil metabolism, oxidative sulfone formation and toxicity among organophosphate and carbamate-resistant and -susceptible western corn rootworm populations. Pesticide Manag Sci.56:757-766.
  • Urias-Lopez, M.A., L.J. Meinke, L.G. Higley, and F. J. Haile. 2000. Influence of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larval injury on photosynthetic rate and vegetative growth of different types of maize. Environ. Entomol. 29: 861-867.
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