Dr. De-Fen Mou

Dr. De-Fen Mou
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Molecular Plant-Insect Interactions
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  • Ph.D. Entomology and Nematology , University of Florida, 2021
  • M.Sc. Entomology, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, 2010
  • B.Sc. Entomology, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, 2007


16.   Mou DF, Chen WT, Li WH, Tseng CH, Huang LH, Peng JC, Yeh SD, and Tsai CW. 2021. Transmission mode of watermelon silver mottle virus by Thrips palmi. PLoS ONE 16(3): e0247500. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247500

15.   Li WH *, Mou DF*, Hsieh CK, Weng SH, Tsai WS, and Tsai CW. 2021. Vector Transmission of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Thailand Virus by the Whitefly Bemisia tabaci: Circulative or Propagative?. Insects 12(2): 181. (* Equally contributed) https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12020181

14.  Mou DF, Lee CC, Hahn PG, Soto N, Humphries AR, Helmick EE, and Bahder BW. 2020. Effects of lethal bronzing disease, palm height, and temperature on abundance and monitoring of Haplaxius crudus. Insects 11(11):748. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11110748

13.   Bahder BW, Mou DF, Bartlett CR, Helmick EE, Bertaccini A, and Myrie W. 2020. A new species of planthoppers in the genus Agoo Baher & Bartlett (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Derbidae) from coconut palm (Cocos nucifera L.) in Jamaica. Zootaxa 4853(2):254-264. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4577.3.5

12.  Liao MT, Mou DF, Chang YC, and Tsai CW. 2020. Vector transmission of konjac mosaic virus to calla lily (Zantedeschia spp.) by aphids. Annals of Applied Biology 177(3): 367-373. https://doi.org/10.1111/aab.12628

11.   Soto N, Humphries AR, Mou DF, Helmick EE, Glover JP, and Bahder BW. 2020. Effect of oxytetracycline-hydrochloride on phytoplasma titer and symptom progression of the 16SrIV-D phytoplasma in Cabbage Palms (Sabal palmetto) from Florida. Plant Disease 104(9):2330-2337. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-01-20-0029-RE

10.   Mou DF, Humphries AR, Soto N, Helmick EE, Ascunce MS, Goss EM, and Bahder BW. 2020. A survey of auchenorrhynchan insects for identification of potential vectors of the 16SrIVE-D phytoplasma in Florida. Florida Entomologist 103(3):344-352. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.103.0306

9.    Bahder BW, Soto N, Mou DF, Humphries AR, and Helmick EE. 2020. Quantification and Distributioin of the 16SrIV-D phytoplasma in the wild date palm, Phoenix sylvestris, at different stages of decline using quantitative PCR (qPCR) analysis. Plant Disease 104(5):1328-1334. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-10-19-2146-RE

8.    Bahder BW, Barrantes Barrantes EA, Zumbado Echavarria MA, Mou DF, Helmick EE, and Barlett CR. 2020. A new species of planthopper in the genus Haplaxius (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Fulgoroidea: Cixiidae) on palms in Costa Rica and a new country record for Haplaxius skarphion. Zootaxa 4767(4):543-552. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4701.1.5

7.    Hu FY, Mou DF, and Tsai CW. 2020. Evaluation of barrier plants for the cultural control of tomato yellow leaf curl disease. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 23(1):132-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aspen.2019.12.001

6.    Bahder BW, Soto N, Helmick EE, Dey K, Komondy L, Humphries AR, Mou DF, Bailey R, Ascunce M, and Goss E. 2019. A survey of declining palms (Arecaceae) for the 16SrIV-D phytoplasma for evaluating distribution and host range in Florida. Plant Disease 103(10):2512-2519. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-03-19-0633-RE

5.    Bahder BW, Soto N, Komondy L, Mou DF, Humphries AR, and Helmick EE. 2019. Detection and quantification of the 16SrIV-D phytoplasma in leaf tissue of common ornamental palm species in Florida using qPCR and dPCR. Plant Disease 103(8):1918-1922. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-01-19-0010-RE

4.    Bahder BW, Halbert S, Mou DF, Helmick EE, Soto N, Otero M, and Segarra AE. 2018. Establishment of the sea grape flatid, Petrusa epilepsis (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Flatidae), in Florida. Florida Entomologist 101(4):634-641. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.101.0427

3.    Bahder BW, Helmick EE, Mou DF, Harrison NA, and Davis R. 2018. Digital PCR technology for detection of palm infecting phytoplasmas belonging to group 16SrIV that occur in Florida. Plant Disease 102(5):1008-1014. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-06-17-0787-RE

2.    Chi H, Mou DF, Lee CC, and Smith CL. 2016. Comments on the paper ‘Invariance of demographic parameters using total or viable eggs’. Journal of Applied Entomology 140(1-2):154-157. https://doi.org/10.1111/jen.12225

1.    Mou DF, Lee CC, Smith CL, and Chi H. 2015. Using viable eggs to accurately determine the demographic and predation potential of Harmonia dimidiata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Journal of Applied Entomology 139(8):579-591. https://doi.org/10.1111/jen.12202


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