International society dedicated to promoting the development of acarology in China and facilitating collaboration and exchange of information among acarologists in different parts of the world
Education and Promotions
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. 1960: B.Sc. Agr.; 1962: M.Sc. Agr.; 1967: Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Entomology; 1976, Associate Professor of Entomology; 1981, Professor of Entomology; 1998, Professor Emeritus.
Introduction to Entomology (laboratory); Soil Biology (zoological aspects); Pests of Fruit Trees; Acarology; Arthropod Pests of Domestic Animals; Laboratory Safety.
Biology and systematics of phytophagous and predatory mites; the associations of arthropods and the lower green plants.
Ca 160, mostly on the biology, ecology and taxonomy of mites (Acari). Other papers on scale insects (Coccoidea) and arthropods on lower green plants.
I have been publishing on the taxonomy and biology of pestiferous and beneficial mites (Acari) for the past 35 years. Studies on the taxonomy of pest species include the Eriophyiidae and Tenuipalpidae, whereas biological investigations were concerned with plant pests, such as spider mites, Rhizoglyphus and Polyphagotarsonemus, and more recently with bee mites. Studies on beneficial mites include the Cheyletidae, Stigmaeidae and their close relatives, predators of armored scale insects, including Hemisarcoptes, Phytoseiidae and the book ¡°Acarine Biocontrol Agents¡±. I have collaborated in various projects with scientists from Australia, Belgium, China, Israel, Italy, South African, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and the United States.
Recent selected publications.
Gerson, U., R. Mozes-Koch and E. Cohen. 1991. Enzyme levels used to monitor pesticide resistance in Varroa jacobsoni. Journal of Apicultural Research 30:17-20.
Gerson, U. 1992. Biology and control of the broad mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) (Acari: Tarsonemidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology 13: 163-178.
Smiley, R.L. and U. Gerson. 1995. A review of the Tenuipalpidae (Acari: Prostigmata) of Australia with descriptions of two new genera and four new species. International Journal of Acarology 21: 33-45.
Gerson, U. and M. K. P. Smith Meyer. 1995. Neilstigmaeus, a new Australian genus in the family Stigmaeidae (Acari: Prostigmata). Acarologia 36: 219-222.
Gerson, U. 1996. Secondary associations: eriophyoid mites on ferns. In: Lindquist, E.E., M.W. Sabelis and J. Bruin (eds), Eriophyoid Mites, Their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 227-230.
Reuveny, H., E. Palevsky and U. Gerson. 1996. Laboratory life history of the predaceous mite Typhlodromus athiasae. Systematic and Applied Acarology 1: 45-54.
Ji, L., S. Izraylevich, S. Gazit and U. Gerson. 1996. A sex-specific tri-trophic-level effect in a phoretic association. Experimental and Applied Acarology 20: 503-508.
Gerson, U. and S. Izraylevich. 1997. A review of host utilization by Hemisarcoptes (Acari: Hemisarcoptidae). Systematic and Applied Acarology 2: 33-42.
Mozes-Koch, R. and U. Gerson. 1997. Guanine visualization: a new method for diagnosing tracheal mite infestation of honey bees. Apidologie 28: 3-9.
Sztejnberg, A., S. Doron-Shloush, and U. Gerson. 1997. The biology of the acaropathogenic fungus Hirsutella kirchneri. Biocontrol Science and Technology 7: 577-590
Walter, D. E. and U. Gerson. 1998. Dasythyreidae, new family, and Xanthodasythyreus n. g. (Acari: Prostigmata: Raphignathoidea) from Australia. International Journal of Acarology 24: 189-197.
Palevsky, E., H. Reuveny, O. Okonis and U. Gerson. 1999. Comparative behavioural studies of larval and adult stages of the phytoseiids (Acari: Mesostigmata) Typhlodromus athiasae and Neoseiulus californicus. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 23: 467-485.
Gerson, U., A. Fain and R.L. Smiley. 1999. Further observations on the Cheyletidae (Acari), with a key to the genera of the Cheyletidae and a list of all known species in the family. Bulletin de l¡¯Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, 69: 35-86.
Sammataro, D., U. Gerson and G. Needham. 2000. Parasitic mites of honey bees: life history, implications and impact. Annual Review of Entomology, 45: 517-546
Gerson, U., R.L. Smiley and R. Ochoa. 2003. Mites (Acari) in Biological Control. Blackwell Science, pp. 539.
Boekhout, T., B. Theelen,
J. Houbraken, V. Robert, G. Scorzetti, A. Gafni, U. Gerson and
A. Sztejnberg. New anamorphic mite-associated fungi belonging to the
Ustilaginomycetes: Meira geulakonigii gen. nov., sp. nov., Meira
argovae sp. nov. and Acaromyces ingoldii gen. nov., sp. nov. International
Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, in press.