Vivek Kumar

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Name Vivek Kumar
Position PhD. Candidate
Affiliation Entomology & Nematology
Tropical Research and Education Center
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
University of Florida
18905 SW 280th Street
Homestead, FL 33031
Email vivekiari(at)
Tel. 1-3528718088
Remarks My research is focused towards studying chilli thrips biology, population dynamics, distribtuion and management using biorational and chemical insecticides.
Last update 14 Mar. 2011

Publications of Vivek Kumar (24 listed):

Biocontrol Science and Technology (2020) 30, 581-591
Vivek Kumar, Lucky Mehra, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2020)
Functional response and prey stage preference of Delphastus catalinae and D. pallidus (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) on Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)

Journal of Economic Entomology (2018) 111, 1069-1079
Vivek Kumar, Antonio Francis, Pasco B. Avery, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2018)
Assessing compatibility of Isaria fumosorosea and buprofezin for mitigation of Aleurodicus rugioperculatus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae): An invasive pest in the Florida landscape

Insects (2018) 9 (3 - 101)
Kitherian Sahayaraj, Natarajan Subash, Robert W. Allingham, Vivek Kumar, Pasco B. Avery, Lucky K. Mehra, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2018)
Lethal and sublethal effects of three microbial biocontrol agents on Spodoptera litura and its natural predator Rhynocoris kumarii

Applied Entomology and Zoology (2018) 53, 475-482
Sahayaraj Kitherian, Vivek Kumar, Nazeera Banu, Pasco B. Avery, Anbu Radhika, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2018)
Predation potential of Rhynocoris marginatus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) against three mealybug species of agricultural importance

Insects (2017) 8 (4 - 119)
Vivek Kumar, Pasco B. Avery, Juthi Ahmed, Ronald D. Cave, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2017)
Compatibility and efficacy of Isaria fumosorosea with horticultural oils for mitigation of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

Florida Entomologist (2017) 100, 634-646
Vivek Kumar, Garima Kakkar, Dakshina R. Seal, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2017)
Evaluation of insecticides for curative, preventive, and rotational use on Scirtothrips dorsalis South Asia 1 (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)

Pest Management Science (2017) 73, 1743-1752
Majesh Tomson, Kitherian Sahayaraj, Vivek Kumar, Pasco B. Avery, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2017)
Mass rearing and augmentative biological control evaluation of Rhynocoris fuscipes (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) against multiple pests of cotton

European Journal of Entomology (2015) 112, 69-74
Kitherian Sahayaraj, Vivek Kumar and Pasco B. Avery (2015)
Functional response of Rhynocoris kumarii (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) to different population densities of Phenacoccus solenopsis (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) recorded in the laboratory

Experimental and Applied Acarology (2015) 65, 465-481
Vivek Kumar, Yingfang Xiao, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2015)
Early establishment of the phytoseiid mite Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on pepper seedlings in a Predator-in-First approach

PLoS ONE (2015) 10 (4 - e0123747)
Aaron M. Dickey, Vivek Kumar, Mark S. Hoddle, Joe E. Funderburk, J. Kent Morgan, Antonella Jara-Cavieres, Robert G. Jr. Shatters, Lance S. Osborne and Cindy L. McKenzie (2015)
The Scirtothrips dorsalis species complex: Endemism and invasion in a global pest

Applied Entomology and Zoology (2015) 50, 79-87
Pasco B. Avery, Vivek Kumar, Monique S.J. Simmonds and Jane Faull (2015)
Influence of leaf trichome type and density on the host plant selection by the greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)

Pest Management Science (2014) 70, 1573-1587
Cindy L. McKenzie, Vivek Kumar, Cristi L. Palmer, Ronald D. Oetting and Lance S. Osborne (2014)
Chemical class rotations for control of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) on poinsettia and their effect on cryptic species population composition

Florida Entomologist (2014) 97, 367-373
Vivek Kumar, Vitalis W. Wekesa, Pasco B. Avery, Charles A. Powell, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2014)
Effect of pollens of various ornamental pepper cultivars on the development and reproduction of Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae)

Arthropod-Plant Interactions (2014) 8, 49-56
Pasco B. Avery, Vivek Kumar, Yingfang Xiao, Charles A. Powell, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2014)
Selecting an ornamental pepper banker plant for Amblyseius swirskii in floriculture crops

Florida Entomologist (2014) 97, 362-366
Aaron M. Dickey, Andrew J. Trease, Antonella Jara-Cavieres, Vivek Kumar, Matthew K. Christenson, LAkshmi-Prasad Potluri, J. Kent Morgan, Robert G. Shatters Jr., Cindy L. Mckenzie, Paul H. Davis and Lance S. Osborne (2014)
Estimating bacterial diversity in Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) via next generation sequencing

Florida Entomologist (2014) 97, 374-383
Dakshina R. Seal, Vivek Kumar and Garima Kakkar (2014)
Common blossom thrips, Frankliniella schultzei (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) management and groundnut ring spot virus prevention on tomato and pepper in southern Florida

Applied Entomology and Zoology (2014) 49, 403-409
Vivek Kumar, Dakshina R. Seal, Lance S. Osborne and Cindy L. McKenzie (2014)
Coupling scanning electron microscopy with DNA bar coding: a novel approach for thrips identification

Florida Entomologist (2013) 96, 1567-1573
Sanford D. Porter, Vivek Kumar, Luis A. Calcaterra, Juan A. Briano and Dakshina R. Seal (2013)
Release and establishment of the little decapitating fly Pseudacteon cultellatus (Diptera: Phoridae) on imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Florida

Florida Entomologist (2013) 96, 789-796
Dakshina R. Seal, Vivek Kumar, Garima Kakkar and Simone Costa Mello (2013)
Abundance of adventive Thrips palmi (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) populations in Florida during the first sixteen years

Florida Entomologist (2012) 95, 468-475
Garima Kakkar, Dakshina R. Seal, Philip A. Stansly, Oscar E. Liburd and Vivek Kumar (2012)
Abundance of Frankliniella schultzei (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in flowers on major vegetable crops of South Florida

Bulletin of Entomological Research (2012) 102, 249-259
G. Kakkar, D.R. Seal and V. Kumar (2012)
Assessing abundance and distribution of an invasive thrips Frankliniella schultzei (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in south Florida

Florida Entomologist (2012) 95, 205-207
Vivek Kumar, Dakshina R. Seal, Garima Kakkar, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2012)
New tropical fruit hosts of Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and its relative abundance on them in South Florida

Florida Entomologist (2011) 94, 941-955
Vivek Kumar, Dakshina R. Seal, David J. Schuster, Cindy McKenzie, Lance S. Osborne, James Maruniak and Shouan Zhang (2011)
Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae): Scanning electron micrographs of key taxonomic traits and a preliminary morphometric analysis of the general morphology of populations of different continents

Environmental Entomology (2010) 39, 1389-1398
D.R. Seal, W. Klassen and V. Kumar (2010)
Biological parameters of Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on selected hosts