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Michael E Scharf


  • Professor and O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair

Awards & Honors

(2015) PubMed literature records ( National Center for Biotechnology Information.

(2010) Rollins/Orkin Chair -- Basic Biology of Urban Pests. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Sethi, A., Karl, Z. J., & Scharf, M. E. (in press). Digestion of termiticide bait matrices by the pest termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Journal of Economic Entomology.

Karl, Z., & Scharf, M. (in press). Effects of five diverse lignocellulose diets on digestive enzyme biochemistry in the gut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Archives of insect Biochemistry and Physiology.

Benoit, J. B. (2016). Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome. Nature Communications, 7, 10165. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10165 (2016)

Rajarapu, S., Shreve, J., Bhide, K., Thimmapuram, J., & Scharf, M. (2015). Metatranscriptomic profiles of Eastern subterranean termites fed on second generation feedstocks. Bmc Genomics, 16, 332. Retrieved from

Sen, R., Raychoudhury, R., Cai, Y., Sun, Y., Lietze, V., Peterson, B., . . . Boucias, D. (2015). Molecular signatures of nicotinoid-pathogen synergy in the termite gut. Plos One, 10(4), e0123391. Retrieved from

Scharf, M. (2015). Omic research in termites: an overview and a roadmap. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, 76. Retrieved from

Peterson, B., Stewart, H., & Scharf, M. (2015). Quantification of symbiotic contributions to lower termite lignocellulose digestion using antimicrobial treatments. insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 59, 80-88. Retrieved from

Scharf, M. (2015). Termites as targets and models for biotechnology. Annual Review of Entomology, 60, 77-102. Retrieved from

Raje, K., Hughes, G., Gondhalekar, A., Ginzel, M., & Scharf, M. (in press). Toxicity of turmeric extracts to the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Journal of Economic Entomology.

Sethi, A., Kovaleva, E., Slack, J., Brown, S., Buchman, G., & Scharf, M. (2013). A GHF7 cellulase from the protist symbiont community of Reticulitermes flavipes enables more efficient lignocellulose processing by host enzymes. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 84, 175-193.