|Leellen (Lee) Solter|
Title: Associate Professional Scientist, Insect Pathology
|Activities||General insect pathology, biology and taxonomy of insect pathogenic microsporidia, host-parasite-pathogen relationships, particularly entomopathogenic microsporidia; developmental cycles and host specificity of entomopathogenic microsporidia, epizootiology of insect diseases, and biological control utilizing entomopathogens.
|| Current research projects include studies of competition between microsporidian species for host tissues, taxonomy of microsporidia, molecular relationships between closely related microsporidia, physiological effects of microsporidia on insect hosts, host specificity of microsporidia, disease in beneficial insects (bumble bees, honey bees, predators of hemlock woolly adelgid) and microbial control of the gypsy moth and black vine weevil.
Outreach activities include participation in the NCERA-125 Midwest Biological Control Institute and IOBC as a short course organizer and instructor in insect pathology. Educational responsibilities include teaching the Insect Pathology course in the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois.
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| Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, School of Life Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Illinois State Representative to S-1024, Development, Evaluation and Safety of Entomopathogens for Control of Arthropod Pests
Illinois State Representative to NCERA-125 Biological Control of Arthropod Pests and Weeds
| Cameron, S.A., Lozier,J.D., Strange,J.P., Koch, J.B., Cordes, N., Solter, L.F., Griswold, T.L. 2011. Recent widespread decline of some North American bumble bees: Current status and causal factors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 108, 662-667.
Solter, L.F., Pilarska, D.K., McManus, M.L., Zubrik, M., Patocka, J., Huang, W.-H., Novotny, J. 2010. Host specificity of microsporidia pathogenic to the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (L.): Field studies in Slovakia. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 105, 1-10.
Lange, C. E., Johny S., Baker, M.D., Whitman, D.W., Solter, L.F. 2009. A new Encephalitozoon species (Microsporidia) isolated from the lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera (Beauvois) (Orthoptera: Romaleidae). Journal of Parasitology 95(4): 976-86.
Hoch, G., Solter, L., Schopf, A. 2009. Treatment of Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera, Lymantriidae) host larvae with polydnavirus/venom of a braconid parasitoid increases spore production of entomopathogenic microsporidia. Biocontrol Science and Technology 19 (S1), 35-42.
Solter, L.F. and Hajek, A.E. 2008. Control of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, in North America since 1878. In Use of Microbes for Control and Eradication of Invasive Arthropods [Hajek, A.E., OCallaghan, M. and Glare, T., Eds] Springer Publ. Co. pp. 181-212.
| Wei-Fone Huang, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Gwyn Puckett, Graduate Student
Andrew Nelson, Student Assistant
| President (2010-2012), Society for Invertebrate Pathology
Memberships in the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Society of Protozoology, Sigma Xi
Associate Subject Editor, Environmental Entomology
Editorial Board, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
|Education||PhD, Entomology, University of Illinois, 1996|
MA, Biology, Montclair State University, 1987
BS, Zoology, California State Polytechnic University, 1976