Asha Rao

Doctoral Student
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2475
(979) 845-4772

Biological control of insect pests;
Behavior and physiology of parasites and ants (especially fire ants);
Molecular genetics of various biological control agents, plant-insect interactions; and
International agriculture.   

- Interaction of established native ant colonies with founding fire ant colonies in laboratory and greenhouse arenas.
- Examination of M. minimum venom’s effect on fire ant behavior--interaction and foraging.  

~ (Ph.D.) Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Department of Entomology, Texas A & M University (TAMU), College Station, Texas.

~ M.S. (Entomology), TAMU, College Station, Texas, August 1996.
    Thesis Title: Evaluation of natural enemies of greenbug, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) using two approaches of the insecticidal check method.

~ B.S. (Sericulture), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, December 1990.


  • January 1996 to present:            Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Bradleigh Vinson, Department of  Entomology, TAMU, College Station, TX.
  • August to December 1995:         Demonstration Assistant for Dr. Allen Knutson, Department of Entomology, Texas Agriculture and Extension Services, Dallas, TX.
  • May 1992 to July 1995:               Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Frank Gilstrap, Department of Entomology, TAMU, College Station, TX.
  • January 1991 to April 1992:      Junior Research Fellow for Dr. M. C. Devaiah,  Department of  Sericulture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.


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