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Nan-Yao Su
Distinguished Professor

University of Florida



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Su, N.-Y. 2011. Technological needs for sustainable termite management. Sociobiology 58: 229-239

Lee, S.-H., and N.-Y. Su. 2011. Territory size distribution of Formosan subterranean termites in urban landscape: Comparison between experimental and simulated results. J. Asia-Pacific Entomol. 14: 1-6 (doi:10.1016/j.aspen.2010.11.002)

Li, H.-F., N.-Y. Su, W.-J. Wu, and E-L. Hsu. 2011. Termite pests and their control in Taiwan. Sociobiology 57: 575-586

Li, H.-F., Y.-C. Lan, and N.-Y. Su. 2011. Redescription of Prorhinotermes japonicus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) from Taiwan. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 104: 878-885 (doi: 10.1603/AN11064)

Bujang, N. S., N. A. Harrison, and N.-Y. Su. 2011. An improved method for extraction and purification of termite endo-1,4-glucanase from FTA cards. Florida Entomol. 94: 356-358

Mullins, A. J., N.-Y. Su, and C. Owens. 2011. Reinvasion and colony expansion of Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) after areawide elimination. J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 1687-1697 (doi:

Chouvenc, T., N.-Y. Su, and A. Robert. 2011. Differences in cellular encapsulation of six termite (Isoptera) species against infection by the entomolpathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae. Florida Entomol. 94: 389-397 (doi: 10.1653/024.094.0302)

Chouvenc, T., N.-Y. Su, and K. Grace 2011. Fifty years of attempted biological control of termites – Analysis of a failure. Biological Control. 59: 69-82 (doi: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2011.06.015)

Li, H.-F. Lin, J.-S., Lan, Y.-C., Pei, K., and N.-Y. Su. 2011. Survey of the termites (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, Termitidae) in a Formosan Pangolin habitat. Florida Entomol. 94: 534-538 (doi: 10.1653/024.094.0318)

Chouvenc, T., P. Bardunias, H.-F. Li, M. L. Elliot, and N.-Y. Su. 2011. Planar arenas for use in laboratory bioassay studies of subterranean termites (Rhinotermitidae). Florida Entomol. 94: 817-826 (doi: 10.1653/024.094.0413)

Rust, M., and N.-Y. Su. 2012. Managing social insects of urban importance. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 57: 355–75 (doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-120710-100634)

Ku, S. J., N.-Y. Su, and S.-H. Lee. 2012. Measurement of time taken by the Formosan termite, Coptotermes formosanus, to pass tunnel intersections. J. Insect Sci. 12: 1-6.

Cohnstaedt, L. W., K. Rochon, A. J. Duehl, J. F. Anderson, R. Barrera, N.-Y. Su, A. C. Gerry, P. J. Obenauer, J. F. Campbell, T. J. Lysyk, and S. A. Allan. 2012. Arthropod surveillance programs: basic components, strategies, and analysis. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 105: 135-149 (doi:

Chouvenc, T., and N.-Y. Su. 2012. When subterranean termites challenge the rules of fungal epizootics. PLoS ONE 7: e34484. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034484)

Owens, C. B., N.-Y. Su, C. Husseneder, C. Riegel, and K. S. Brown. 2012. Molecular genetic evidence of Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) colony survivorship after prolonged inundation. J. Econ. Entomol. 105: 518-522. (DOI:

Ku, S. J., W. Jeon, N.-Y. Su, and S.-H. Lee. 2012. Analysis of the responses of termites to tunnel irregularity. Insect. Soc. 59: 549-555 (DOI 10.1007/s00040-012-0250-x)

Chouvenc, T., C. A. Efstathion, M. L. Elliott, and N.-Y. Su. 2012. Resource competition between two fungal parasites in subterranean termites. Naturwissenschaften, 99: 949-958 (DOI 10.1007/s00114-012-0977-2)

Su, N.-Y., A. Lagnaoui, Q. Wang, X. Li, and S. Tan. 2012. A demonstration project of Stockholm POPs Convention to replace chlordane and mirex with IPM for termite control in China. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 4: 1-8 (DOI:

Li, H.-F., I. Fujisaki, and N.-Y. Su. 2013. Predicting habitat suitability of Coptotermes gestroi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) with species distribution models. J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 311-321 (DOI:

Ku, S. J., N.-Y. Su, and S.-H. Lee. 2013. Movement efficiency and behavior of termites (Isoptera) in tunnels with varying pore sizes. Florida Entomol. 96: 810-817

Chouvenc, T., C. A. Efstathion, M. L. Elliott, N.-Y. Su. 2013. Extended disease resistance emerging from the fecal nest of a subterranean termite. Proc. Royal Soc. B. 280: 20131885.

Xing, L., T. Chouvenc, and N.-Y. Su. 2013. Molting process in the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 106: 619-625 (DOI:

Su, N.-Y. 2013. How to become a successful invader. Florida Entomol. 96: 765-769 (DOI:

Chouvenc, T., P. Bardunias, C. A. Efstathion, S. Chakrabarti, M. L. Elliott, R. Giblin-Davis, and N.-Y. Su. 2013. Resource opportunities from the nest of dying subterranean termite colonies: A laboratory case of ecological succession. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 106: 771-778 (DOI:

Su, N.-Y. 2013. Estimating population size of large laboratory colonies of the Formosan subterranean termite by using the capture probability equilibrium. J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 2442 - 2447 (DOI:

Chouvenc, T., A. J. Mullins, C. A. Efstathion, and N.-Y. Su. 2013. Virus-like symptoms in a termite field colony. Florida Entomol. 96: 1612-1614 (DOI:

Bujang, N. S., N. A. Harrison, and N.-Y. Su. 2014. Molecular cloning of five beta-glucosidases from four species of higher termites. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 107: 251-256 (DOI:

Bujang, N. S., N. A. Harrison, and N.-Y. Su. 2014. A phylogenetic study of endo-beta-1,4-glucanase in higher termites. Insectes Sociaux 61: 29-40 (

Cao, R., and N.-Y. Su. 2014. Tunneling and food transportation activity of four subterranean termite species (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) at various temperatures. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 107: 696-701 (

Xing, L., T. Chouvenc, and N.-Y. Su. 2014. Behavioral and histological changes in the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) induced by the chitin synthesis inhibitor noviflumuron. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 741-747 (

Chouvenc, T., and N.-Y. Su. 2014. Colony age-dependent pathway in caste development of Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki. Insectes Sociaux 61: 171–182 (

Su, N.-Y. 2014. Asian Americans in entomology, and the future of science and engineering workforce in the United States. American Entomol. 60: 147-149

Su, N.-Y. 2014. Tokoyo no Kami, a caterpillar worshiped by a cargo cult in ancient Japan. American Entomol. 60: 182-188

Chouvenc, T., M. Basille, H.-F. Li, and N.-Y. Su. 2014. Developmental instability in incipient colonies of social insects. PloS ONE 9: e113949 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113949)

Chouvenc, T., M. Basille, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. The production of soldiers and the maintenance of caste proportions delay the growth of termite incipient colonies. Insect. Soc. 62: 23–29 (DOI 10.1007/s00040-014-0369-z)

Su, N.-Y. 2015. A fluid-bait for remedial control of subterranean termites. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 274-276 (DOI: 10.1093/jee/tou039)

Su, N.-Y. 2015. Current state of the Florida Entomological Society – 2014 FES presidential address. Florida Entomol. 98: 815-817

Mullins, A. J., M. Messenger, H. H. Hochmair, F. Tonini, N.-Y. Su, and C. Riegel. 2015. Dispersal flights of the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 702-719 (DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov022)

Chouvenc, T., E. E. Helmick, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. Hybridization of two major termite invaders as a consequence of human activity. PLoS ONE 10: e0120745 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120745)

Li, H.-F., Y.-C. Lan, I. Fujisaki, N. Kanzaki, H.-J. Lee, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. Termite assemblage pattern and niche partitioning in a tropical forest ecosystem. Environ. Entomol. (doi: 10.1093/ee/nvv038)

Chouvenc, T., A. J. Mullins, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. Territorial status-quo between the big-headed any (Hymenoptera: Formicida) and the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Florida Entomol. 98: 157-161.

Cottone, C. B., N.-Y. Su, R. H. Scheffrahn, and C. Riegel. 2015. Survivorship of the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in a hypoxic environment. Sociobiology 62: 76-81 (DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v62i1.76-81)

Scheffrahn, R. H., T. F. Carrijo, J. Krecek, N.-Y. Su, A. L. Szalanski, J. W. Austin, and J. Mangold. 2015. A single endemic and three exotic species of the termite genus Coptotermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in the New World. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogyny, 73: 333-348.

Chouvenc, T., and N.-Y. Su. 2015. How do entomologists consume and produce their sciences? American Entomol. 61: 252-257

Chouvenc, T., H.-F. Li, J. Austin, C. Bordereau, T., Bourguignon, S. L. Cameron, E. M. Cancello, R. Constantino, A. Costa-Leonardo, P. Eggleton, T. A. Evans, B. Forschler, J. K. Grace, C. Husseneder, J. Crecek, C.Y. Lee, T. Lee, N. Lo, M. Messenger, A. Mullins, A. Robert, Y. Roisin, R. H. Scheffrahn, D. Sillam-Dusses, J. Sobotnik, A. Szalanski, Y. Takematsu, E. L. Vargo, A. Yamada, T. Yoshimura, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. Revisiting Coptotermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): a global taxonomic road map for species validity and distribution of an economically important subterranean termite genus. Systematic Entomol. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12157

Chouvenc, T., A. J. Mullins, and N.-Y. Su. 2015. Rare production of nymphs in an Asian subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) incipient colony. Florida Entomol. 98: 972-973.

Cao, R., and N.-Y. Su. 2016. Temperature preferences of four subterranean termite species (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) and temperature-dependent survivorship and wood-consumption rate. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 109: 64-71. DOI:

Kakkar, G., T. Chouvenc, and N.-Y. Su. 2016. Postecdysis sclerotization of mouthparts of the Formosan subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov394

Su, N.-Y., E. Guidry, A. J. Mullins, and C. Cotonne. 2016. Reinvasion dynamics of subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) following the elimination of all detectable colonies in a large area. J. Econ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/jee/tow018

Su, N.-Y., E. Guidry, and C. Cotonne. 2016. Sustainable management of subterranean termite populations (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Armstrong Park, New Orleans, with durable baits. J. Econ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/jee/tow051


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