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Apurba Barman

Postdoctoral Research Assoc
  • Entomology
Mailing Address:
Tifton, CAES Campus
Shipping Address:
Tifton, CAES Campus


Ph.D. (Entomology): Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

M.S. (Entomology): Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Awards and honors:

·  Entomological Society of America “John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award” (Southwestern Branch), presented at the 60th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN.

·  Best “Entomologists in Action” photograph award at Joint Meeting of Southeastern-Southwestern Branch of Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR.  

·  Gary A. Herzog Ph.D. student award for outstanding oral presentation in the Cotton Insect Research and Control Conferences at Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Atlanta, GA.

·  T. S. Hall Memorial MS student award for outstanding oral presentation in the Cotton Insect Research and Control Conferences at Beltwide Cotton Conferences, San Antonio, TX.

Research interest:

I am broadly interested in applied entomological research addressing agricultural pest management. In the past, I have worked with insect pests in different cropping systems such as cotton, vegetables and nuts. My approach to pest management is to understand the ecology and behavior of the insect pest of interest using observational experiments and molecular techniques and utilize this information to formulate management strategies to minimize the reliance on insecticides. Currently, I am working on the occurrence, and distribution of whitely in southern Georgia agricultural landscape. Whitefly can result significant reduction in yield and quality on different crops by direct feeding and being carrier of different viral diseases. Final goal of this project is to understand the population dynamics of whitefly in time and space across the landscape and develop management tools to supress pest populations by identifying the vulnerable period in the developmental cycle, encouraging natural control and efficient use of valued insecticides.

External funding: (Total 174,000)

·    Survey of thrips species composition and efficacy of insecticide seed treatments on thrips populations in Texas cotton, Cotton Incorporated Inc., January 2014 to December 2014, $51,000. (P.I)

·    Thrips management in Texas High Plains cotton, Texas State Support Committee and Cotton Incorporated Inc., January 2013 to December 2015, $60,000 (P.I.)

·    Development of cotton cultivars and IPM systems for organic cotton production, USDA-NIFA Organic Research and Extension Initiative, January 2013 to August 2014, $33,000. (Co-P.I)

·    Industry support (Bayer Crop Science, Syngenta, DuPont): $30,000 (P.I.)

Selected publications:

Peer reviewed (17 total)

1.     Barman A. K., K. R. Gadhave, B. Dutta and R. Srinivasan. 2017. Plasticity in host utilization by two host-associated populations of Aphis gossypii Glover. Bulletin of Entomological Research: 1-10. DOI: 10.1017/S0007485317000852

2.     Barman, A. K., A. L. Joyce, R. Torres, B. S. Higbee. 2017. Assessing genetic diversity in four stink bug species, Chinavia hilaris, Cholorochora uhleri, Chlorochroa sayi and Thyanta pallidovirens, using DNA barcodes. Journal of Economic Entomology. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tox227

3.     Dutta B., R. Gitaitis, A. K. Barman, U. Avci, K. Marsigan, and R. Srinivasan. 2016. Interactions between Frankliniella fusca and Pantoea ananatis in the center rot epidemic of onion (Allium cepa) Phytopathology 106: 956-962.

4.     Legarrea S., A. K. Barman, W. Marchant, S. Diffie, and R. Srinivasan. 2015. Temporal effects of a Begomovirus infection and host plant resistance on the preference and development of an insect vector, Bemisia tabaci, and implications for epidemics, PLoSONE 10(11): e0142114. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142114.

5.     Dutta, B., A. K. Barman, R. Srinivasan, U. Avci, D. Ullman, D. Langston, and R. Gitaitis. 2014. Transmission of Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea agglomerans causal agents of center rot of onion (Allium cepa L.) by onion thrips (Thrips tabaci Lindman) through feces. Phytopathology 104: 812-819.

6.     Barman, A. K., C. G. Sansone, M. N. Parajulee, and R. F. Medina. 2013. Population genetic structure of Pseudatomoscelis seriatus (Hemiptera: Miridae) in the cotton growing regions of the United States. Journal of Economic Entomology 106: 2225-2233.

7.     Barman, A. K., and M. N. Parajulee. 2013. Compensation of Lygus hesperus induced pre-flower fruit loss in cotton. Journal of Economic Entomology 106: 1209-1217.

8.     Barman, A. K., M. N. Parajulee, C. G. Sansone, C. P. Suh, and R. F. Medina. 2012. Geographic pattern of host associated differentiation in cotton fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 143: 31-41.

9.     Barman, A. K., M. N. Parajulee, C. G. Sansone, and R. F. Medina. 2012. Host preference of cotton fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus is not labile to geographic origin and prior experience. Environmental Entomology 41: 125-132.

10.  Barman, A. K., M. N. Parajulee, and S. C. Carroll. 2010. Relative preference of Lygus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae) to selected plants in the field. Insect Science 17: 542-548.

Non-peer-reviewed/Proceedings (16 total)

1.     K. Harrell, A. Barman, M. Parajulee, G. Sword, G. Morgan. 2015. Efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatments on thrips in cotton. Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 5-7, San Antonio, TX.

2.     Barman A. K., M. Anderson and S. A. Russell. 2014. Evaluation of insecticides for control of caterpillar pests in cotton. Arthropod Management Tests 2014, Vol. 39, doi: 10.4182/amt.2014.F1

3.     Barman, A. K., M. Vandiver, B. Reed, and K. Siders. 2014. Management of thrips on cotton in the Texas High Plains: Efficacy of seed treatments. Occurrence and management of thrips on cotton in the Texas High Plains. Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 6-8 January, New Orleans, LA.

4.     Vandiver, M., D. Wann, A. K. Barman, J. Dever, M. N. Parajulee, and M. D. Arnold. 2014. Managing thrips organically using host plant resistance and Entrust® insecticide. Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 6-8 January, New Orleans, LA.

5.     Barman, A. K., M. N. Parajulee, C. G. Sansone, and R. F. Medina. 2011. Populations level genetic variability of cotton fleahopper, pp. 1005-1009. Proceedings, Beltwide Cotton Conferences, National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.