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Center For Biological Control

Mohammad Haseeb Tackles Hard Research

By Vonkeisha Gibson

Muhammad Haseeb, Ph.D. is one of the entomologists in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) Center for Biological Control at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Haseeb has been a staple researcher in CAFS since 2001. He received his doctorate degree in Japan. “I came to FAMU because of Charles O’Brien. His work on beetles attracted me,” Haseeb said. Charles O’Brien, a retired professor, reached out to Haseeb for an interview, and he has been at FAMU ever since. Within the college of agriculture and food sciences, students have many opportunities to learn using hands-on methods. One of the classes Haseeb teaches includes a lab which helps students better understand the functions of insects. “Students realize how different parts of the insect function together.” The class is insect morphology, offered to grad students,” Haseeb said. He also teaches classes like invasion biology, organic chemistry, and systematic entomology. Systematic entomology is a class that teaches students insect classifications. One of Haseeb's biggest interests is studying how to control their impact on fruits and other foods in the U.S. He is currently studying the spotted-wing drosophila and how to control the economic impact on blueberries. Currently it costs the U.S. government 15-16 million dollars annually to control this insect. The insects lay eggs in mature fruits and within 10-15 days the life cycle begins said Haseeb. Invasive insects like the spotted wing drosophila make their way into the U.S. from incoming shipments of fruits and vegetables and other agricultural products. This poses problems such as pest management and costly agronomical production. Another invasive insect of interest that is being studied is the Asian longhorn beetle. “These insects are often found in packaging material” said Haseeb. His great concern for agriculture is matched by his concern for ecology. “We need to find a strategy to preserve our ecosystem and ecology,” Haseeb said. Referencing the threat of the honey bee extinction, he urges everyone to play their part in strengthening the ecosystem. He recommends us to minimize pesticide and chemical usage when bees are active. If bees cannot successfully play their part, we will have a serious food shortage issue. Haseeb states that the entomology program in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) continuously recruits and graduate students with a degree in entomology and is adding to techniques and new information to the profession. “This is really big work and we need to train more people” he said. Haseeb said that he is most fulfilled when students graduate and obtain solid careers. “Students calling and confirming their success is rewarding,” he said.