Former Students, Postdocs, and Visiting Researchers


Graduate Students (Completed)
Dissertation Examiner
Postdoctoral and Research Scientists
Degree Seeking Associates
Sabbatical Associates (visiting Scientists)
Doctoral Associate


Graduate Students (Completed)

 1. Jimmy Leo Thompson.  June 1967.
     Baits and natural feeding stimulants of the Imported Fire Ant.
     Thesis.  Mississippi State University.  79 pp.

 2. Wallace Joe Lewis.  January 1968.
     Studies on the suitability of certain Heliothis spp. as a host for Cardiochiles nigriceps Vierick.
     Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  59 pp.

 3. Toson M. Awad.  January 1968.
     The effect of environmental and biological factors on the persistence of Malathion applied in low volume technical and           emulsifiable concentrate forms to cotton plants.
     Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  67 pp.

 4. Sammy G. Polles.  January 1968.
     The effect of various droplet sized of ULV insecticide concentrate on residual action and toxicity.
     Thesis.  Mississippi State University.  55 pp.

 5. Ruby Londono.  January 1968.
     Effects of Gamma radiation on various tissues and on the length of developmental period of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.).
    Thesis.  Mississippi State University.  68 pp.

 6. Paul Kunfa Law.  June 1969.
     The effect of ascorbic acid on biology and cuticle sclerotization of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (Fabricius).
     Thesis.  Mississippi State University.  49 pp.

 7. Frank Samuel Guillot.  June 1969.
     A comparative study of the fatty acid composition of several hemiptera.
     Thesis.  Mississippi State University.  43 pp.

 8. Beverly Lee Ricks.  January 1970.
     Feeding and nutritional relationships in the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis saevissima richteri Forel.
     Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  66 pp.

 9. Donald Joseph Barras.  January 1970.
     Physiological and biochemical changes in Heliothis virescens (Fab.) as affected by its habitual parasite, Cardiochiles nigriceps Viereck.
     Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  101 pp.

 10. Donald Brooks Hays.  May 1970.
       Factors important in the parasitism of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (Fab.), by Cardiochiles nigriceps Viereck.
       Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  46 pp.

 11. Sammy G. Polles.  May 1970.
       The fate of C14-labeled endrin in tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens (Fabricius) larvae.
       Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  36 pp.

 12. Franklin Douglas Brewer.  August 1970.
       An immunological study of host-parasite relationships between Cardiochiles nigriceps Viereck (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Heliothis virescens (Fabricius) and Heliothis zea (Boddie) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).
       Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  85 pp.

 13. James Grover Benskin.  May 1972.
      The effects of environmental and biological factors of juvenile hormone analogs on Heliothis virescens (F.).
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  53 pp.

 14. Frank Samuel Guillot.  August 1972.
      The role and function of the hymenopteran reproductive accessory glands in the host-parasitoid association.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  82 pp.

 15. Mir Akbar Ali Khan.  August 1973.
      Excretion of nitrogenous products by the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens    (F.) as affected by its parasite,     Cardiochiles nigriceps Viereck.
      Dissertation.  Mississippi State University.  83 pp.

 16. David Carl Lynn.  May 1975.
      Biochemical differences between Heliothis zea (Boddie) and Heliothis virescens    (F.) with respect to their internal defense against the parasitoid Cardiochiles nigriceps Viereck.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  52 pp.

 17. William Nicolson Norton.  May 1975.
      An ultrastructural investigation on egg membrane synthesis of the Ichneumonid parasitoid Campoletis sonorensis (Cameron) and its subsequent interactions with the immune system of its noctuid host.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  210 pp.

 18. Walter Stephen Bigley.  May 1976.
      Metabolism and interaction of the castes of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, treated and exposed to methoprene alone and synergized.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  94 pp.

 19. Lloyd Eugene Wendel.  May 1977.
      Distribution and metabolism of two insect juvenile hormone analogs in colonies of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  96 pp.

 20. Hal Clyde Reed.  June 1978.
      The nesting ecology of paper wasps Polistes in a Texas urban area.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  182 pp.

 21. Megan Gail Dowler.  Dec. 1978.
      The changes of a Glycerophosphate dehydrogenase isozymes in Solenopsis invicta    queens during development and colony founding.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  42 pp.

 22. Margaret Ruth Barlin.  Dec. 1978.
      Multiparous plate sensilla in parasitic Hymenoptera:  their ultra-structure and phylogenetic relationship.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  182 pp.

 23. Sherman Alfred Phillips.  May 1979.
      Physiology of the post-pharyngeal glands and comparative morphology of glands associated with the mouthparts among castes of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  67 pp.

 24. Ruth Gwendolyn Jones.  May 1979.
      The structure, development and degeneration of the flight muscles in the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren:  An ultra-structural investigation.
       Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  198 pp.

 25. Ronald Sebastian Petralia.  Aug. 1979.
      Morphology and physiology of larvae of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  121 pp.

 26. David Earl Ball.  Aug.  1983.
      Physiology of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  86 pp.

 27. Gary Wayne Elzen.  Jan. 1984.
      Isolation, identification and bioassay of plant chemicals mediating searching behavior by an insect parasitoid.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  122 pp.

 28. Thomas Allen Scarborough.  May 1984.
      Mutualism of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, and the effect of this association upon natural enemies of Homoptera.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  110 pp.

 29. Josue Leos Martinez.  Aug. 1984.
      Pheromonal trapping for the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica (Fab.), in warehouses.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  96 pp.

 30. Michael Ray Strand.  Aug.  1985.
      Factors involved in oviposition by the egg parasitoid Telenomus heliothidis.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  226 pp.

 31. Patti Jane O'Brien.  Jan.  1986
      Toxicity of azinphosmethyl and chlordimeform to parasitoid Bracon mellitor Say:  Lethal, reproductive, and behavioral effects.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  53 p.

 32. Kristine Marguerite Schmidt.  May 1986.  (co-chair with J. Benedict).
      Feeding behavior of Heliothis zea (Boddie) on selected cotton cultivars.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  108 p.

 33. Hye-Soon Jang.  Aug. 1986.
      Egg activation, in vitro fertilization, and the early adult development of the gut and reproductive system of the parasitoid.  Campoletis sonorensis.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  76 p.

 34. Gary Wilson Blissard.  Dec. 1986.  (with M. Summers).
      Campoletis sonorensis virus expression in Heliothis virescens and preliminary studies on the organization of the viral genome.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  132 p.

 35. Tzu-yin Li.  May 1987.
      Mating behavior, and life table of the sweetpotato Whitefly, Bemisia tabaci F.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  80 p.

 36. James Michael Lammers.  Aug. 1987 (co-chair with R. Carroll).
      Mortality factors associated with the founding queens of Solenopsis invicta Buren, the Red Imported Fire Ant:  A study of the native ant community in central Texas.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  206 p.

 37. Kevin Donald Haack.  Dec. 1987.
      Aspects of the food handling behavior of the Pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis    L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  125 p.

 38. Barry Alan Dover.  Dec.  1987.  (with L. Keeley)
      Hormonal basic for developmental arrest of last-instar Heliothis virescens larvae by Campoletis sonorensis polydnavirus.
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  103 p.

 39. Galpathege Harshani Gunasena.  May 1988.
      Multi-trophic level interactions involving some plant allelochemicals, the herbivore, Heliothis virescens and the     endoparasite Campoletis sonorensis.
      Dissertation.  Texas A&M University.  111 p.

  40. Eric Herold Baehrecke.  Aug.  1988.
      Behavioral and electrophysiological responses of Campoletis sonorensis Cameron (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) to cotton (Gossyprum hirsutum L.) and some cotton volatile chemicals.
      Thesis.  Texas A&M University.  157 p.

 41. Raymond Frank Dunton.  Dec. 1988.
      Isozyme variability among polygynous and monogynous population of the Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta.
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  125 p.

 42. William Terrell Stamps.  June 1989.
      Polygynous colony formation in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta    Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.  98 p.

 43. Stacy R. Siebeneicher.  August.  1990.
      Host-pathogen relationship between Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin and Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera Formicidae).
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.

 44. Maria Guadalupe Rojas Castellanos.  August 1990.
      Metabolism of gossypol by Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.  39p.

 45. Heather Jane McAuslane.  Dec.  1990.
      Host microhabitat location by Campoletis sonorensis (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), a generalist parasitoid.
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  87 p.

 46. Jerrold Harris.  Dec.  1991. (co-chair with Dr. Olson)
      Environmental factors affecting the distribution of established and the formation of satellite colonies of the Pharaoh ant, Monomoerum pharaonis (L.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.

 47. Jia Lu.  Aug.  1992.
      The role of age, mating status and host experience on the behavior of the parasitoid Campoletis sonorensis (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in relation to host plants in a wind tunnel.
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.  57 p.

 48. Thomas Charles Syvertsen.  Dec. 1992.
      Chemical mediation of male mate location behavior in the parasitoid Cardiochiles nigriceps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.

 49. Clinton Crawford Ready.  Aug. 1993.
      Seed selection by the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren).
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  128 p.

 50. Maria Guadalupe Rojas Castellanos.  Aug. 1993.
      Chemical cues that Bracon compressitarsis Wharton and Bracon thurberiphagae    Muesebeck (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) utilize to localize their host Anthonomus grandis Boheman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  89 p.

 51. David Kris Ferris.  Aug. 1994. (co-chair with Dr. Grant).
      Impact of Solenopsis invicta on small mammal habitat utilization and abundance.
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  103 p.

 52. Garland McIlveen, Jr. Mar. 1995.  (Co-Chair with Dr. Plapp)
      Population dynamics, distribution, and biotic mortality factors for oothecae of five species of cockroaches in selected habitats.
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  157 p.

 53. Wendy Holtcamp.  May 1995. (In Wildlife where I helped direct research)
      Patch use under predation hazard: effect of the red imported fire ant on deer mice foraging behavior.
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.  360 p.

 54. Jing-Sheng Hu.  May 1996.
      In vivo and in vitro development of Campoletis sonorensis (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), a larval endoparasitoid of Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  95 p.

 55. Yan-ping Chen.  August 1996.
      Queen dominance in the polygynous ant, Solenopsis invicta (Buren) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
      Dissertation, Texas A&M University.  109 p.

 56. James B. Martin.  December 1996.
      Surface activity of the red important fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in polygyne infested areas of Brazos County, Texas.
      Thesis, Texas A&M University.  120 p.

 57. Miriam Faith Cooperband. May 1998
      Understanding Host-acceptance behavior and larval feeding of the parasitic wasp Melittobia digitata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) to facilitate rearing on an artifical host.
      Thesis, Texas A&M University. 133p.

 58. Lanying Lu. December 1998
       Genetic relatedness of polygyne queens in the red imported fire ant Solenopsis
  invicta determined by microsatellite analysis.
      Thesis, Texas A&M University. 75p.

 59. Steve Rauth.  August 2001
 

Dissertation Examiner

 1. Austin, A. D.  1982.
      The biology and ecology of Clubiona species (Araneae: Clubionidae) and their scelionid parasitoids (Hymenoptera).
      Dissertation.  University of Adelaide.  Australia 1983.

 2. Jonathan Martin Schmidt.  1987.
      The measurement of host size by the parasitoid wasp, Trichogramma minutum    Riley (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Trichogrammatidae).
      Dissertation.  University of Toronto, Canada.  1987.  776 p.

 3. Z. Mananec.  1989
      Natural enemies of the Jarrah leafminer Perthida glyphopa (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae), with emphasis on the biologies and immature stages of larval parasitoids.
      Dissertation, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Perth, Australia, 1989.

 4. Venkaleska.  1991.
      Studies on the bionomics of Syntomis passalis (Fabricius) (Archtiidae), a defoliator of sandalwood, Santalum album L. (Santalaceae).
      Dissertation, University of Mysore, Mysore, India.  203 p.

Postdoctoral Students

 1. Bill Hicks.  1969-1970.
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M.  1969.
      Juvenile hormone studies on Lepidoptera.

 2. Clifford E. Hoelscher.  1968-1970.
      Ph.D.  Mississippi State University.  1968.
      Development of Campoletis sonorensis.

 3. Frances M. Szeicz.  1970-1971.
      Ph.D.
      Penetration of insecticides into Heliothis larvae.

 4. Ronald Luther Joiner.  1971-1973.
      Ph.D.  Mississippi State University.  1971.
      Lipid metabolism in parasitoids.

 5. Donald David Wilson.  1973.  (9 mo.).
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M.  1973.
      Biology of Chelonus texanus.

 6. Gerald (Jerry) F. Iwantsch.  1974-1976.
      Ph.D.  Pennsylvania State University.  1974.
      Effects of parasitism on protein synthesis in Heliothis.

 7. Akey C. Hung.  1973-1978.
      Ph.D.  University of North Dakota.  1973.
      Biology and genetics of the Imported Fire Ant.

 8. Alice Ann Sorensen.  1977-1983.
      Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley.  1977.
      Food distribution in the Imported Fire Ant.

 9. Elizabeth Cary Mungall.  1977-1979.
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M University.  1976.
      Host finding and sexual parasitoid behavior.

 10. John Mirinda.  1978-1981.
      Ph.D.  City University of New York.  1978.
      Division of Labor in the Imported Fire Ant.

 11. Margaret Ruth Barlin.  1979-1981.
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M University.  1978.
      Ultrastructure studies of Hymenoptera sensilla.

 12. Stuart Ratner.  1979-1981.
      Ph.D.  University of Mass.  1979.
      Insect Immunity.

 13. Peter Krell.  1980-1981.
      Ph.D.  Delhouse University, Canada.  1979.
      Insect virus-parasitoid-host relationships.

 14. Richard T. Roush.  1980-1981.  (Rockafeller Foundation Fellowship)
      Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley.  1979.
      Insect genetics of parasitism.

 15. Les Greenberg.  1981-1996.
      Ph.D.  University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.  1981.
      Social insect biology.

 16. Jo Ann Fleming.  1981-1985.
      Ph.D.  Cornell University.  1979.
      Parasitoid virus studies.

 17. Alex Mintzer.  1982-1988.
      Ph.D.  Michigan State University, East Lansing.  1982.
      Social insect biology.

 18. Suzanne Ostrowska.  1983-1986.
      Ph.D.  Polish Academy of Science, Poland.  1979.
      White fly parasitoid biology and competition.

 19. David Earl Ball.  1983-1984.
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M University.  1983.
      Pro-Drone Effects on IFA.

 20. David Huw Davies.  1983-1987.
      Ph.D.  University of College of London.  1983.
      Insect immune mechanisms.

 21. Gary Wayne Elzen.  1984-1986.
      Ph.D.  Texas A&M University.  1983.
      Allomones and Kairomones.

 22. Ken Irie.  1984-1985.
      Ph.D.  Nagoya University, Japan.  1984.
      In vitro parasitoid rearing.

 23. Awinash P. Bhatkar.  1984-1990.
      Ph.D.  University of Florida.  1973.
      Ecology of the Imported Fire Ant.

 24. Lillian Isabel Norma Roberts.  1984-1985.
      Ph.D., University of Auckland, NZ.  1983.
      Parasitoid physiology.

 25. Genevieve Prevost.  1985-1986 (INRA Fellowship).
      Ph.D.  University Lyon I, France, 1985.
      Effect of polydna virus on host.

 26. William MacKay.  1987-1990.
      Ph.D.  University of California, Riverside, 1981.
      Imported Fire Ant studies.

 27. Zhi-xin Wu.  1987-1988.
      BS Agricultural College, Nanying, P.R. China, 1964.
      In vitro rearing.

 28. Stephano Colazza.  1987-1988.  (Italian Fellowship).
      Ph.D. Perugia University, Italy, 1982.
      Egg parasitoid studies.

 29. Nathalie Volkoff.  1989-1989.  (INRA Fellowship).
      National Polytechnical Institute Toulouse, France.
      Egg parasitoid studies.

 30. Lori Berger.  1987-1988.
      Ph.D. Texas A&M University.  1987.
      Impact of Imported Fire Ant on seeds.

 31. Paolo Fanti.  1994-1996.
      PhD  University of Bologna.
      Parasitoid in vitro Rearing.

 32.  Ken Helms.

 33.  Jerry Cook.

 34.  Tamara Cook.

 35. Sean O'Keefe 1998-2001
       PhD UC Berkeley
       Fire ant ecology, native ant taxonomy

 36. John A. Byers (Research Scientist) 2001
       PhD UC Berkeley, Calif. 1978; Postdoc. Lund Univ., Sweden 1981-1989;
       Asst./Assoc. prof. Lund Univ. 1989-1995 and Swedish Univ. Agricul. Sci. 1995-2000, Alnarp, Sweden
       Fire ant chemical ecology

Degree Seeking Associates

 1. Letizia Mattiacci.  1990.  (Italian Fellowship).
      MS  Perugia University
      Egg parasitoid studies.

 2. Giuliana Gianguilianai.  1990.  (Italian Fellowship)
      MS  Perugia University
      Pentatomid parasitoid studies.

 3. Andrea Lucchi.  1990.  (Italian Fellowship)
      MS  Perugia University
      Pentatomid parasitoid studies.

 4. Ursula Rose.  1992. (Gottlief Daimber-Kare Benz-Stflung fellowship)
      Georg-August Universitat, Gottingen, Germany.
      Plant synamone studies.

 5. Christiana Rosi. 1995.  (Italian Fellowship)
      MS  Perugia University
      Pentatomid kairomone.

 6. Roberto Romano.  1997.  (Italian Fellowship)
      Ph.D. Perugia University
      Drosophila parasitoid kairomone.

 7. Sevil Kartal. 1998 (4 Mon.) (International Agricultural Programs Grant)
      Training, Plant Protection Research Institute, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
      Parasitoid rearing and behavior.

 8.  Eric Conti 1998 - 1999.
 

Sabbatical Associates (visiting Scientists)

 1. Douglas Lee Dahlman.  1975-1976.
      Ph.D.  Iowa State University.  1965.
      From:  University of Kentucky.
      Effects of parasitism on carbohydrates.

 2. Don B. Stoltz.  1981 (9 Mo.).
      Ph.D.  McMaster University, Canada.
      From:  Delhousie University, Canada.
      Parasitoid virus characterization.

 3. Yoshimi Hirose.  1981-1982.
      Dr. Agri. Kyushu University, Japan.
      From:  Kyushu University, Japan.
      Parasitoid searching strategies.

 4. Zhong-Neg Xie.  1982-1984.
      Degree, Zhongshan University, China.
      From:  Entomology Institute of Guangdong, Guangzhow.
      Insect parasitoid in vitro rearing.

 5. Dennis L. C. Procter.  1982 (3 Mo.) (Fellowship)
      Ph. D. University of Alberta, Canada.
      From:  University of Botswana, Botswana.
      Behavior of parasitized hosts.

 6. Fernando Bin.  1983 (3 Mo.); 1985 (1 Mo.) (Italian Fellowship).
      Ph.D. Catholic University of Milano, Milano, Italy, 1967.
      From: Instituto di Entomologia Agragia,  Perugia, Italia.
      Behavior of parasitoid.

 7. Abraham Hefetz.  1986.  (1 Mon.).
      Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1977.
      From:  University of Israel, Tel Aviv.
      Solitary bee chemical ecology.

 8. C.P.M. Tripathi, 1987 (3 Mon.) (Fulbright Fellowship).
      Ph.D. University of Gorakhpur, India, 1978.
      From:  University Gorakhpur.
      Parasitoid behavior.

 9. Toshiharu Tanaka, 1988-1989.
      Ph.D. Kyota University, Japan, 1986.
      Parasitoid-host-viral relationships.

 10. Ahmed Kamal Khalil Mourad, 1989.  (6 Mon.) (Egyptian Fellowship)
      Ph.D. University Alexandria, 1984
      From: Helwan University, Alexandria, Egypt.
      Physiology of parasitoids.

 11. Carsten Höller, 1990. (6 Mon.) (German Fellowship)
      Ph.D.  University Kiel, 1988
      From:  Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel
      Hyperparasitoid-host studies.

 12. Francesco Pennacchio, 1988-1990 (Italian Fellowship)
      Ph.D.  University of Naples, 1988
      Physiology of parasitoids.

 13. Abdelzelil Bakri, 1994 (4 Mon.) ((Fulbright Fellowship)
      Ph.D.  Southhampton University (UK), 1990
      From:  University of Morocco.
      Host selection behavior.

 14. Esmat Hegazi, 1995 (6 Mon.) (Fulbright Fellowship)
      Ph.D. Alexandria University, 1977
      From: Alexandria University, Egypt
      Host-physiological suppression

 15. Adele J. Ngi-Song, 1995-1996 (Rockafeller Fellowship)
      Ph.D. University of Ghana, Legon 1994
      From: ICIPI, Kenya (with Dr. J. Smith)
      Physiological and behavior of stemborer parasitoids.

 16. Ahmed Kamal Khalil Mourad, Returned 1998 (5 Mon.) (Fulbright Fellowship)
      Ph.D. University Alexandria, 1984
      From: Helwan University, Alexandria, Egypt.
      Physiology of parasitoid larvae.
 

Doctoral Associate

 1. Howard Williams.  1978-present.
      Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977
      Natural product identification and synthesis.



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