Dakshina R. Seal

Title - Assistant Research Scientist

Department - Entomology and Nematology

Specialty - IPM, insect pests of vegetable crops

Telephone - (305) 246-7001 Ext. 215

E-mail - dseal3@ufl.edu



  • Ph.D. 1990: The University of Georgia , Athens, GA-- Entomology
  • M.S. 1977: The University of Dhaka , Bangladesh -- Zoology
  • B.S. 1975: The University of Dhaka , Bangladesh -- Zoology


  • Assistant Research Scientist (6/1/94 to present), The University of Florida
  • Assistant In (6/1/92 to 5/30/94), The University of Florida
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow (4/1/89 to 5/30/92), The University of Florida
  • Graduate Research Assistant (1/2/85 to 2/5/89), The University of Georgia
  • Visiting Scientist (11/12/83 to 10/5/84), USDA, Savannah , GA
  • Atomic Energy Commission Scientific Officer (1/1/80 to 10/28/83), Bangladesh
  • Advancement for National Science and Technology National Science and Technology Fellow (1/1/78 to 12/3/79), Bangladesh


  • 100% Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated Pest Management of Vegetable Insects
  • Chemical Control
  • Biological Control
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Biology
  • Radiation Entomology

Active Projects

  • Management and Biology of pepper weevil
  • Management and Biology of Thrips palmi
  • Management and Biology of corn silkfly
  • Management of leafminer using various biorational insecticides
  • Managememnt of diamondback moth using Bt-based insecticides

Selected Publications

  • Seal, D. R., Leibee, G. L.. Toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1-Type insecticidal to geographically distant populations of tomato pinworm . Florida Entomologist. 86/2 2003. : Pp. 222 -224.
  • Seal, D. R.. Effects of various strains of entomopathogenic nematodes in combination with several insecticides on mortaiity of black cutworm, Agrotis ipsilon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Subtropical Plant Sci. (In review).
  • Seal, D. R. and G. L. Leibee. 2003. Toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1-Type insecticidal toxin to geographically distant populations of tomato pinworm. Florida Entomologist, 86 (2): 222-224.
  • Seal, D. R., R. Betancourt and C. M. Sabines. 2002. Control of Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) (Diptera: Agromyzidae) using various insecticides. Proc. Fla. Hort. Soc. 115: 308-314.
  • Seal, D. R., P. A. Stansly, and D. J. Schuster. 2002. Influence of Temperature and host on life history parameters of Catolaccus hunteri (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Environ. Entomol. 31: 354-360.
  • Seal, D. R. 2001. Seasonal abundance and distribution of Thrips palmi Karny (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in southern Florida . Proc. Fla. Hort. Soc. 114: 337-342.
  • Seal, D. R. and P. A. Stansly. 2000. Seasonal abundance and within plant distribution of melon thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)on beans in southern Florida . Proc. Fla. Hort. Soc. 113: 201-205.
  • Seal, D. R. and K. Bondari. 1999. Evaluation of various cultivars of pepper for resistance against pepper weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Proc. Fla. Hort. Soc. 112: 342-345.
  • Seal, D. R. and E. McCord,Jr. 1998. Management of diamondback moths, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), in cole crops. Nuclear Sci. Appl. 7: 49-55