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Gut Reactions: How Caterpillars Eat Plants

1826th Stated Meeting - Chicago
May Berenbaum
October 23, 1999

On Saturday, October 23, the Midwest Center held its Stated Meeting and regional induction ceremony at the Field Museum in Chicago. Entomologist May Berenbaum, who presented the evening's communication, is known primarily for her research on how chemicals mediate interactions between plants and insects. She has studied the co-evolutionary "arms race" between plants that secrete toxic phytochemicals and insects that adapt to them. Her interests include the energetic costs to plants of producing toxins, the costs to insects of detoxifying or avoiding them, and the patterns of host-plant use by various insects.

Berenbaum has contributed numerous articles to scientific journals and is the author of over fifty popular works on insects, including Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs (1994). She has served as an associate editor of Chemoecology and the Journal of Chemical Ecology, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and editor of the Annual Review of Entomology. The Entomological Society of America has recognized her with its Founder's Award (1994) and its North Central Branch Distinguished Teacher Award (1996).

The meeting opened with an induction ceremony for newly elected Fellows from the Midwest region, followed by dinner and the program. Prior to the meeting, Fellows and guests were invited to a private viewing of the exhibit "Cartier: 1900-1939."

Read more in the March / April 2000 Bulletin.

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