Floate, Kevin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Biological control of insect pests


Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2242
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: kevin.floate@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Parasitoid wasps (Pteromalidae) for the biological control of pest flies (Muscidae) affecting livestock
  • non-target effects to dung-dwelling insects of faecal residues in dung of cattle treated with endectocides
  • fluctuating asymmetry as a bioindicator of environmental stress
  • ground beetles (Carabidae) in agroecosystems
  • response of herbivorous insects to the hybridization of their host plant species

Current Projects:

  • Discover, develop and implement arthropod agents for biological control of arthropod pests and weeds.
  • Provide information on the morphology, physiology, pathology and response to pesticides of insects and mite pests, and their natural enemies and non-target organisms.
  • Lethbridge Novel Trait

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Lethbridge, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Associate Editor, The Canadian Entomologist
  • Subject Editor, Bulletin of Entomological Research
  • Editor, Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada
  • President, Canadian Forum for Biological Control

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2014

  • Li, Y.Y., Floate, K.D., Fields, P.G., and Pang, B. (2014). "Review of treatment methods to remove Wolbachia bacteria from arthropods. Symbiosis. (online)".
  • Otani, J.K., Floate, K.D., Hervet, V.A.D., Hummel, J.D., Broatch, J.S., Reid, P., Erlandson, M.A., Evenden, M.L., Meers, S., Barkley, S., Laird, R.A., Sharanowski, B., Hartley, S., and Gavloski, J.E. (2014). "Cutworm update.", Agronomy Update Conference 2006, Red Deer, AB, Canada, January 10-11, 2006, pp. 5.

2013

  • Bell, A., Phillips, I.D., Floate, K.D., Hoemsen, B.M., and Phillip, C.E. (2013). "Effects of pitfall trap lid transparency and habitat structure on the catches of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in tame pasture.", XVI European Carabidologists Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, September 21-27, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. (2013). "Trust but verify. A field ecologist ponders the power and pitfalls of molecular methods.", 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 1-2, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2013). "Invasion dynamics of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", 61st Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Olds College, Olds, AB, Canada, October 10-11, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2013). "Invasion dynamics of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 1-2, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2013). "Invasion dynamics of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada, May 12-16, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2013). "Invasion dynamics of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, October 20-23, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Kadiri, N. (2013). "Seasonal activity of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on native grasslands in southern Alberta.", 2013 Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, Olds, AB, Canada, December 10-11, 2013.
  • Floate, K.D. and Kyei-Poku, G.K. (2013). "Reproductive parasites: symbiotic bacteria for potential use in biological control.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK.
  • Floate, K.D., Hoover, S.E.R., and Cutler, C.G. (2013). "Open access, predatory publishers, The Canadian Entomologist, and you.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 45(3), pp. 131-137.
  • Floate, K.D., Lysyk, T.J., and Gibson, G.A.P. (2013). "Haematobia irritans L., Horn Fly, Musca domestica L., House Fly, and Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), Stable Fly (Diptera: Muscidae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 25, pp. 182-191.
  • Hervet, V.A.D., Floate, K.D., and Laird, R.A. (2013). "Assessment of a hymenopteran parasitoid’s potential as biocontrol agent of cutworms.", 61st Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Olds College, Olds, AB, Canada, October 10-11, 2013.
  • Hervet, V.A.D., Floate, K.D., and Laird, R.A. (2013). "Biocontrol potential for cutworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of a braconid wasp newly recorded in North America.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, October 20-23, 2013.
  • Hervet, V.A.D., Floate, K.D., and Laird, R.A. (2013). "Cotesia vanessae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): a potential biological control agent of crop pest caterpillars.", Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada, May 12-16, 2013.
  • Li, Y., Floate, K.D., Field, P., and Baoping, P. (2013). "How to remove Wolbachia bacteria from insects.", Meeting of the Minds Conference, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, March 16, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Li, Y.Y., Floate, K.D., Fields, P.G., and Pang, B. (2013). "Effect of antibiotics on Wolbachia infections in Tribolium confusum and on host reproduction.", 61st Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Olds College, Olds, AB, Canada, October 10-11, 2013.
  • Li, Y.Y., Floate, K.D., Fields, P.G., and Pang, B. (2013). "Effect of antibiotics on Wolbachia infections in Tribolium confusum and on host reproduction.", 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 1-2, 2013.
  • Li, Y.Y., Floate, K.D., Fields, P.G., and Pang, B. (2013). "Effect of antibiotics on Wolbachia infections in Tribolium confusum and on host reproduction.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, October 20-23, 2013.
  • Lumaret, J.-P., Römbke, J., Kadiri, N., Errouissi, F., Tixier, T., and Floate, K.D. (2013). "Antiparasitics and their impact on soil and dung fauna.", Workshop hosted by the German Federal Environment Agency titled “Pharmaceuticals in Soil, Sludge and Slurry”, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany, June 18-19, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Moffat, C.E., Lalonde, R.G., Pither, J., Grosskopf-Lachat, G., and Floate, K.D. (2013). "Cryptic diversity of the Pilosella leaf gall wasp: geography, host or Wolbachia?", 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 4-9, 2013.

2012

  • Bourchier, R.S., Floate, K.D., and LeSage, L. (2012). "Assessment of the diversity of biocontrol agents at historic leafy spurge release sites in Southern Alberta.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #18. (Abstract)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Floate, K.D., and Mason, P.G. (2012). "Biocontrol Data: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Februrary 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Mason, P.G., and Floate, K.D. (2012). "Agriculture Information and IAS Management National Invasive Species Forum.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Februrary 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Mason, P.G., and Floate, K.D. (2012). "Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Invasive Species.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Februrary 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Floate, K.D. (2012). "Calling on more troops. New beetles help degrade dung on Canadian pastures." (Factsheet)
  • Floate, K.D. (2012). "Non-target effects of veterinary parasiticides on the insect communities of cattle dung.", Entomological Society of America (ESA) 60th Annual Meeting, Knoxville Convention Centre, Knoxville, TN, USA, November 11-14, 2012, #1411.
  • Floate, K.D. and Nassera, K. (2012). "Seasonal activity of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on native grasslands in southern Alberta.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #59. (Abstract)
  • Floate, K.D., Blanckenhorn, W.U., Lumaret, J.-P., Tixier, T., Joost, L., and Römbke, J. (2012). "An international multi-species ring test to assess the non-target effects of residues in dung of cattle treated with veterinary pharmaceuticals.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #60. (Abstract)
  • Floate, K.D., Broatch, J.S., Erlandson, M.A., Evenden, M.L., Gavloski, J.E., Hartley, S., Hummel, J.D., Laird, R.A., Meers, S., Olivier, C.Y., Otani, J.K., and Sharanowski, B. (2012). "New projects for control of cutworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) affecting canola crops on the prairies.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #61. (Abstract)
  • Hervet, V.A.D., Laird, R.A., and Floate, K.D. (2012). "Cotesia plathypenae Muesebeck (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): a potential biological control agent of cutworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #77. (Abstract)
  • Li, Y., Floate, K.D., Field, P., and Baoping, P. (2012). "Methods to cure symbiotic bacteria in insects.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #111. (Abstract)
  • Mason, P.G., Floate, K.D., Brooks, S.E., Buddle, C.M., and Bennett, R.G. (2012). "Cambridge University Press – ESC’s new partner for publication of The Canadian Entomologist.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 44(1), pp. 36.
  • Römbke, J., Blanckenhorn, W.U., Floate, K.D., Lumaret, J.-P., Tixier, T., and Lahr, J. (2012). "Effects of ivermectin application to cattle on dung fauna and dung degradation: an international comparison of field studies.", 6th SETAC World Congress / SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting, Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany, May 20-24, 2012.
  • Scheffczyk, A., Floate, K.D., Lumaret, J.-P., Adler, N., and Römbke, J. (2012). "Sublethal effects of Ivermectin on dung beetles of the genus Onthophagus (O. taurus, O. nuchicornis).", 6th SETAC World Congress / SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting, Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany, May 20-24, 2012.

2011

  • Floate, K.D., Blanckenhorn, W.U., Coghlin, P.C., Davies, I., Gray, J., Höhn, P., Kadiri, N., Lumaret, J.-P., Scheffczyk, A., Schmidt, T., Schwarz, A., Sekine, T., Taylor, C.G., Taylor, K., and Römbke, J. (2011). "Lessons learned during the selection of a dung beetle species as a test for insecticidal residues in cattle dung.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011.
  • Floate, K.D., Blanckenhorn, W.U., Coghlin, P.C., Davies, I., Gray, J., Höhn, P., Kadiri, N., Lumaret, J.-P., Scheffczyk, A., Schmidt, T., Schwarz, A., Sekine, T., Taylor, C.G., Taylor, K., and Römbke, J. (2011). "Lessons learned during the selection of a dung beetle species as a test for insecticidal residues in cattle dung.", SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting, Milano Convention Centre, Milan, Italy, May 15-19, 2011.
  • Floate, K.D., Isabel, N., and Foottit, R.G. (2011). "Genetic typing of hosts and aphids provides new insights on galling arthropods of hybrid cottonwoods.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Acadian Entomological Society, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011, pp. 58. (Presentation)
  • Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2011). "Introducing new species of dung beetles into Canada to improve pasture productivity.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting: Canadian Forum for Biological Control, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011.
  • Isabel, N. and Floate, K.D. (2011). "The first look at the complexity of gene exchange in a trispecific system of hybridizing cottonwoods (Populus spp.) and its influence on community structure of galling arthropods.", 8th Annual Cottonwood Symposium, Flagstaff, AZ, USA, February 23-25, 2011.
  • Isabel, N., Floate, K.D., Lamothe, M., Whitham, T.G., and Rood, S.B. (2011). "A first genomic portrait of Alberta’s native poplar hybrid zones.", Poplar Council of Canada Conference & Annual Meeting - Poplars and Willows on the Prairies: Traditional Practices meet Innovative Applications, Edmonton, AB, Canada, September 18-24, 2011.
  • Leggett, F.L., Floate, K.D., and Coghlin, P.C. (2011). "Detection and distribution of Wolbachia bacteria in insect hosts determined using confocal microscopy.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011, pp. 67.

2010

  • Floate, K.D. (2010). "Insects of cattle dung.", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2010). "Consequences of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2010). "Consequences of Wolbachia bacteria in populations of the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae (Pteromalidae).", Entomological Society of Alberta 58th Annual Meeting, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, October 14-16, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2010). "Consequences of Wolbachia infection in the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae.", 6th International Wolbachia Conference: Wolbachia On The Bay, Asilomar Conference Center, Asilomar, CA, USA, June 9-14, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2010). "Consequences of Wolbachia infection in the wasp, Trichomalopsis sarcophagae.", Joint International Organization of Biological Control (IOBC). Nearctic and Neotropic Regional Sections Conference: Biocontrol in the Americas – Past, Present and Future, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, May 11-13, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2010). "CLIMEX models for potential distributions of Onthophagus taurus and Digitonthophagus gazella (Scarabaeidae) in North America.", Entomological Society of Alberta 58th Annual Meeting, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, October 14-16, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2010). "CLIMEX models for potential distributions of Onthophagus taurus and Digitonthophagus gazella (Scarabaeidae) in North America.", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2010). "CLIMEX models for potential distributions of Onthophagus taurus and Digitonthophagus gazella (Scarabaeidae) in North America.", IVth International Pest Risk Modelling & Mapping Workshop in Australia, Port Douglas, Australia, August 23-25, 2010.
  • Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2010). "CLIMEX models for potential distributions of Onthophagus taurus and Digitonthophagus gazella (Scarabaeidae) in North America.", Joint International Organization of Biological Control (IOBC). Nearctic and Neotropic Regional Sections Conference: Biocontrol in the Americas – Past, Present and Future, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, May 11-13, 2010.
  • Isabel, N., Talbot, P., Lamothe, M., Bousquet, J., Schroeder, W.R., Floate, K.D., Foottit, R.G., Ruiz, P., Cunningham, S.M., McIntire, E.J.B., and Thompson, S. (2010). "Contemporary gene flow between poplars with exotic component and natural populations of native species across Canada.", 5th International Poplar Symposium - Poplars and willows: from research models to multipurpose trees for a biobased society, Orvieto TR, Italy, September 20-25, 2010.
  • Isabel, N., Talbot, P., Lamothe, M., Bousquet, J., Schroeder, W.R., Floate, K.D., Foottit, R.G., Ruiz, P., Cunningham, S.M., McIntire, E.J.B., and Thompson, S. (2010). "Contemporary gene flow between poplars with exotic component and natural populations of native species across Canada.", 5th International Poplar Symposium - Poplars and willows: from research models to multipurpose trees for a biobased society, Orvieto TR, Italy, September 20-25, 2010.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Floate, K.D., Dumonceaux, T.J., and Zchori-Fein, E. (2010). "Identification of symbionts in the aster leafhopper, Macrosteles quadrilineatus, their association with phytoplasma and their geographical distribution in Canada.", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Saguez, J., Vincent, C., Lowery, D.T., Stobbs, L.W., Whybourne, K.J., Bittner, L.A., Xiansheng, C., Lasnier, J., and Floate, K.D. (2010). "Les jaunisses à phytoplasmes dans les vignobles Canadiens: état de l’art.", VII Conférence Internationale Francophone d'Entomologie (CIFE 2010), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, July 5-10, 2010.

2009

  • De Clerck-Floate, R.A., Floate, K.D., and Saunders, P. (2009). "A test of containment efficacy using living insects in a release and recapture study.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 21.
  • De Clerck-Floate, R.A., Floate, K.D., and Saunders, P. (2009). "A test of containment efficacy using living insects in a release and recapture study.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009, pp. 46.
  • Floate, K.D. and Coghlin, P.C. (2009). "Consequences of Wolbachia infection in wasps parasitic on filth flies.", Dan Otte Symposium, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, June 16, 2009.
  • Floate, K.D. and Tiberg, K. (2009). "What happened to the coprophilous insects associated with bison?", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 21.
  • Floate, K.D. and Tiberg, K. (2009). "What happened to the coprophilous insects associated with bison?", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009, pp. 50.
  • Floate, K.D. and Watson, D.W. (2009). "Introduction of exotic dung beetles into Canada to accelerate degradation of cattle dung.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 21-22.
  • Floate, K.D. and Watson, D.W. (2009). "Introduction of exotic dung beetles into Canada to accelerate degradation of cattle dung.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009, pp. 50.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., and Floate, K.D. (2009). "Identification of symbiont organisms in leafhopper vectors of phytoplasma.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 22.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., and Floate, K.D. (2009). "Identification of symbiont organisms in leafhopper vectors of phytoplasma.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009, pp. 66.