Assistant Professor, Vegetable IPM Laboratory
Texas AgriLife Research – Weslaco
2415 E. Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
Dr. Don Henne is an Assistant Professor in Vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the Weslaco Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) and the Department of Horticultural Sciences. He is responsible for IPM research on insect pests affecting vegetables and other specialty crops in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and south Texas. His research interests include pesticide efficacy evaluations, insect sampling, population dynamics, movement and spread, spatial statistics, plant disease-vector interactions, and plant disease epidemiology.
Dr. Henne received his Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in entomology from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has previously worked on phorid fly population ecology, biological control of insects and weeds, and Saturniid moth biology and ecology.
Selected Recent Publications:
Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2011. Short-term population redistribution of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Dipera: Phoridae) from point source releases. Environmental Entomology (in press).
Henne, D.C., F. Workneh, and C.M. Rush. 2010. Movement of Bactericera cockerelli (Heteroptera: Psyllidae) in relation to potato canopy structure, and effects on potato tuber weights. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1524-1530.
Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2010. Aggregation, direct mutual interference and functional response characteristics of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera Phoridae). Biological Control 55: 63-71.
Henne, D.C., Workneh, F., Wen, A., Price, J.A., Pasche, J.S. Gudmestad, N.C, and Rush, C.M. 2010. Characterization and epidemiological significance of potato plants grown from seed tubers affected by zebra chip disease. Plant Disease 94: 659-665.
Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2009. Sampling and dynamics of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera: Phoridae) in Louisiana. Environmental Entomology 38: 539-550.
Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2008. Spatio-temporal population structure of a fire ant parasitoid. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 129: 132-141.
Henne, D.C., S.J. Johnson and J.T. Cronin. 2007. Population spread of the introduced red imported fire ant parasitoid, Pseudacteon tricuspis Borgmeier (Diptera: Phoridae), in Louisiana. Biological Control 42: 97-104.
Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2007. Zombie fire ant workers: behavior controlled by decapitating fly parasitoids. Insectes Sociaux 52: 150-153.