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Ed Vargo

Vargo, Ed
Ed Vargo
Professor and Endowed Chair in Urban and Structural Entomology
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Biology, 1980, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, IA
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Entomology, 1986, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Booth, W., O. Balvín, C. Schal, E. L. Vargo and J. Vilímová. 2015. Host association drives genetic divergence in the bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Molecular Ecology 24: 980-992; doi: 10.1111/mec.13086; PubMed: PMID: 25611460.

Perdereau, E., A. –G. Bagnères, E. L. Vargo, G. Baudouin, Y. Xu, P. Labadie, S. Dupont and F. Dedeine. In press. Relationships between invasion success and colony breeding structure in a subterranean termite. Molecular Ecology.

Raab, R. W., J. E. Moore, E. L. Vargo, L. Rose, J. Raab, M. Culbreth, G. Burzumato, A. Koyee, B, McCarthy, J. Raffaele, C. Schal and R. Vaidyanathan. In press. New introduction, spread of existing matrilines, and high rates of pyrethroid resistance result in chronic infestations of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) in lower-incoming housing. PLoS ONE.

Saenz, V. L., R. G. Santangelo , E. L. Vargo and C. Schal. In press. Group-living accelerates bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) development. Journal of Medical Entomology.

Husseneder, C., S. P. Garner, Q. Huang, W. Booth and E. L. Vargo. In press. Characterization of microsatellites for population genetic analyses of the fungus-growing termite Odontotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Termitidae). Environmental Entomology.

Saenz, V. L., R. G. Maggi, E. B. Breitschwerdt, J. Kim, E. L. Vargo and C. Schal. 2013. Survey of Bartonella spp. in U.S. bed bugs detects Burkholderia multivorans but not Bartonella. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73661. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073661.

Kobayashi, K., E. Hasegawa, Y. Yamamoto, K. Kawatsu, E. L. Vargo, J. Yoshimura and K. Matsuura. 2013. Sex ratio biases in termites provide evidence for kin selection. Nature Communications 4: 2048. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3048.

Jacobson, A. L., W. Booth, E. L. Vargo and G. G. Kennedy. 2013. Thrips tabaci population genetic structure and polyploidy in relation to competency as a vector of Tomato spotted wilt virus. PLoS ONE 8: e54484.

Perdereau, E., A.-G. Bagnères, S. Bankhead-Dronnet, S. Dupont, M. Zimmermann, E. L. Vargo and F. Dedeine. 2013. Global genetic analysis reveals the putative native source of the invasive termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, in France. Molecular Ecology 22: 1105-1119.

Vargo, E. L., L. Leniaud, L. E. Swoboda, S. E. Diamond, M. D. Weiser, D. M. Miller and A. -G. Bagnères. 2013. Clinal variation in colony breeding structure and level of inbreeding in the subterranean termites Reticulitermes flavipes and R. grassei. Molecular Ecology 22: 1447-1462.

Jacobson, A. L., J. S. Johnston, D. Rotenberg, A. Whitfield, W. Booth, E. L. Vargo and G. G. Kennedy. 2013. Genome size and ploidy of Thysanoptera. Insect Molecular Biology 22: 12-17.

Booth, W., V. L. Saenz, R. G. Santangelo, C. Wang, C. Schal and E. L. Vargo. 2012. Molecular markers reveal infestation dynamics of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, in apartment buildings. Journal of Medical Entomology 49: 535-546.

Saenz, V., W. Booth, C. Schal and E. L. Vargo. 2012. Genetic analysis of bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) populations reveals small propagule size within individual infestation but high genetic diversity across infestation from the eastern U.S. Journal of Medical Entomology 49: 865-875.

Eger, J. E., M. D. Lees, P. A. Nees, T. H. Atkinson, E. M. Thoms, M. T. Messenger, J. J. DeMark, L. –C. Lee, E. L. Vargo and M. P. Tolley. 2012. Elimination of subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) colonies using a refined cellulose bait matrix containing noviflumuron when monitored and replenished quarterly. Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 533-539.

Singham G. V., E. L. Vargo, W. Booth, A. S. Othman and C.-Y. Lee. 2012. Polymorphic microsatellite loci from an indigenous Asian fungus-growing termite, Macrotermes gilvus (Blattodea: Termitidae) and cross amplification in related taxa. Environmental Entomology 41: 426-431.

Vargo, E. L. and V. Parman. 2012. Effect of fipronil on subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) colonies in the field. Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 523-532.

Vásquez, G. M., E. L. Vargo and J. Silverman. 2012. Fusion between southeastern United States Argentine ant colonies and its effect on colony size and productivity. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 105: 268-274.

Booth, W., C. S. Brent, D. V. Calleri, R. B. Rosengaus, J. F. A. Traniello and E. L. Vargo. 2012. Population genetic structure and colony breeding system in dampwood termites (Zootermopsis angusticollis and Z. nevadensis nuttingi). Insectes Sociaux 59:127-137.

Husseneder, C., D. M. Simms, J. R. Delatte, C. Wang, J. K. Grace and E. L. Vargo. 2012. Genetic diversity and colony breeding structure in native and introduced populations of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus. Biological Invasions 14:419-437.

Vargo, E. L., P. E. Labadie and K. Matsuura. 2012. Asexual queen succession in the subterranean termite Reticulitermes virginicus. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 279: 813-819.

Booth, W., L. Million, R. G. Reynolds, G. M. Burghardt, E. L. Vargo, C. Schal, A. C. Tzika, G. W. Schuett. 2011. Consecutive virgin births in the New World boid snake, the Colombian rainbow boa, Epicrates maurus. Journal of Heredity 102: 759-763.

Booth, W., D. H. Johnson, S. Moore, C. Schal and E. L. Vargo. 2011. Natural super-females – evidence of viable, non-clonal but fatherless Boa constrictors. Biology Letters 7: 253-256.

Booth, W., R. G. Santangelo, E. L. Vargo, D. V. Mukha and C. Schal. 2010. Determination of population genetic structure in German cockroaches (Blattella germanica): Differentiated islands in an agricultural landscape. Journal of Heredity 102: 175-183. 6

Matsuura, K., C. Himuro, T. Yokoi, Y. Yamamoto, E. L. Vargo and L. Keller. 2010. Identification of a pheromone regulating caste differentiation in a termite. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 107: 12963-12968.

Crissman, J. R., W. Booth, R. G. Santangelo, D. V. Mukha, E. L. Vargo and C. Schal. 2010. Population genetic structure of the German cockroach (Blattodea: Blattellidae) in apartment buildings. Journal of Medical Entomology 74: 553-564.

Haverty, M. I., R. L. Tabuchi, E. L. Vargo, D. L. Cox, L. J. Nelson and V. R. Lewis. 2010. Response of Reticulitermes hesperus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) colonies to baiting with lufenuron in northern California. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 770-780.

Menke, S. B., W. Booth, R. R. Dunn, C. Schal, E. L. Vargo and J. Silverman. 2010. Is it easy to be urban? Convergent success in urban habitats among lineages of a widespread native ant. PLoS ONE 5: e9194.

Parman, V. and E. L. Vargo. 2010. Colony level effects of imidacloprid in subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 791-798.

Tomalski, M., W. Leimkuehler, C. Schal and E. L. Vargo. 2010. Metabolism of imidacloprid in workers of Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 103: 84-95.