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
  • Bacterial symbionts of insects

Current Projects:

  • DNA-barcoding of insects for biocontrol of pest insects and weeds
  • Control of khapra beetle with extreme temperatures
  • Biology and ecology of pestiferous cutworms (Noctuidae)
  • Symbiotic bacteria of pest and non-pest insects )
  • Non-target effects of parasiticides in cattle dung
  • Biology and ecology of dung-breeding beetles (Scarabaeidae)

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Lethbridge, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Canadian Entomologist
  • Entomological Society of Canada
  • Entomological Society of Alberta
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Canadian Forum for Biological Control
  • International Organisation for Biological Control, Western Palaearctic Regional Section
  • Biological Survey of Canada

Research Publications:

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

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

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., 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). "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)
  • 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.", 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.
  • 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.