34A Waters Hall
Manhattan KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4731
Fax: (785) 532-6232
Area(s) of Specialization:
Gastro-intestinal microbial ecology and IPM of arthropods of animal and public health importance
EducationB.S. Animal Science, Mendel Agricultural University, Brno, CZ, 1987
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton CA, 1998
Post Docto Microbiology/ Entomology, North Carolina State University,
- Animal Health Entomology [ENTOM 305]
- Animal Health Entomology Lab [ENTOM 306]
- Role of microbial communities in insect physiology and ecology (nutrition, pheromone production)
- Gastro-intestinal microbial ecology of muscoid flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and ticks
- Role of muscoid flies and cockroaches in the ecology of food-borne and animal pathogens
(Escherichia coli, Campylobacter spp.) and antibiotic resistance genes carried by enterococci
- Management of insects of medical and veterinary importance using entomopathogenic fungi and inorganic insecticides
Khajuria, C., L. L. Buschman, M.-S. Chen, L. Zurek, and K. Y. Zhu. 2011. Characterization of six antibacterial response genes from the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) larval gut and their expression in response to bacterial challenge. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 345-355.
Macovei, L., B. Miles and L. Zurek. 2008. Potential of houseflies to contaminate ready-to-eat food with antibiotic resistant enterococci. Journal of Food Protection 71: 435-439.
Anderson, J.F., T.D. Parrish, M. Akhtar, L. Zurek and H. Hirt. 2008. Antibiotic resistance of enterococci in America bison (Bison bison) from a nature preserve compared to that of enterococci in pastured cattle. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 1726-1730
Larson, Z., B. Subramanyam, L. Zurek and T. Herrman. 2008. Diversity and antibiotic resistance of enterococci associated with stored-product insects collected from feed mills. Journal of Stored Products Research 44: 198-203
Ahmad, A., B. Subramanyam, and L. Zurek. 2007. Responses of mosquitoes and German cockroaches to ultrasound emitted from a random ultrasonic generating device. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata 123: 25-33.
Macovei, L. and L. Zurek. 2007. Influx of enterococci and associated antibiotic ressitanc e and virulence genes from ready-to-eat food to the human digestive tract. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73: 6740-6747.
Mramba, F., A.B. Broce and L. Zurek. 2007. Vector competence of stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans L. (Diptera : Muscidae), for Enterobacter sakazakii. Journal of Vector Ecology 32: 134-139
Ahmad, A., T.G. Nagaraja and L. Zurek. 2007. Transmission of Escherichia coli 0157: H7 to cattle by house flies. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 80: 74-81
Mramba, F., A. Broce and L. Zurek. 2006. Isolation of Enterobacter sakasakii from stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans L. (Diptera: Muscidae). Journal of Food Protection 69(3): 671-673
Ahmad, A., Bh., Subramanyam, and L. Zurek. 2007. Responses of the mosquito and German cockroach to ultrasound emitted from random ultrasonic generated device. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 123:25-33.
Sirigireddy K.R., Kennedy G.A., Broce A., L. Zurek, R R Ganta. (2006). High prevalence of West Nile virus in Kansas: An increased risk in acquiring infection from a mosquito bite. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases (in press).
Sanderson MW, J.M. Sargeant, X. Shi, T.G. Nagaraja, L. Zurek, M.J. Alam (2006). Longitudinal emergence and distribution of Escherichia coli O157 genotypes in a beef feedlot. Applied and Environmental Microbiology (in press).
Alam M.J. and L. Zurek* (2006). Seasonal prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef cattle feces. Journal of Food Protection 69: 3018-3020.
Gorham, J.R. and L. Zurek (2006). Arthropods, filth and other foreign objects in food. pp: 74/1 - 74/28. In Handbook of Food Sciences Technology and Engineering. (Edited by Y.H. Hui), CRC Press, New York, NY.
Ahmad, A., A. Broce, and L. Zurek. 2006. Evaluation of significance of bacteria in larval development of the secondary screwworm, Cochliomyia macellaria (F.) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Journal of Medical Entomology 43(6): 1129-1133
Ahmad, A. and L. Zurek. 2006. Evaluation of the anti-terminator Q933 gene as a marker for Escherichia coli O157:H7 with high shiga toxin production. Current Microbiology 53:324-328.
Broce, A.B., L. Zurek, J. Kalisch, R. Brown, D. Keith, D. Gordon, J. Goedeke, C. Welbourn, J. Moser, R. Ochoa, E. Azziz-Baumgartner, F. Yip & J. Weber. 2006. Pyemotes herfsi (Acari: Pyemotidae), a mite new to North America as the cause of bite outbreaks. J. Med. Entomol. 43: 610-613.
Romero, A., A. Broce and L. Zurek. 2006. Role of bacteria in the oviposition behaviour and larval development of stable flies. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 20(1): 115-121
Macovei, L. and L. Zurek. 2006. Ecology of antibiotic resistance genes: characterization of enterococci from houseflies collected in food settings. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72: 4028-4035
Christen, J.M., Campbell, J.F., Zurek, L. and Ramaswamy, S.B. 2006. Role of symbiotic bacteria (Xenorhabdus sp.) in the host-infection process of Steinernema riobrave. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (in press)
Gorham, J.R. and L. Zurek. Arhropods, filth and other foreign objects in food. in Handbook of Food Sciences. CRC Press, New York, NY. In press.
Zurek, L. and C. Schal (2004). Evaluation of the German cockroach (Blattellagermanica) as a vector for verotoxigenic Escherichiacoli F18 in confined swine production. Veterinary Microbiology 101: 263-267.
Chakrabarti, S., S. Kambhampati, T. Grace, and L. Zurek. 2004. Characterization of microsatellite loci in the house fly, Musca domestica L. (Dipetera: Muscidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4: 728-730
Alam, M.J. and L. Zurek. 2004. Association of Escherichia coli 0157: H7 with houseflies on a cattle farm. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 7578-7580
Dryden, M.W., Payne, P. and Zurek, L. 2004. Pests that Affect Human Health: Ticks in Kansas. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. MF 2653
Gore, J.C., L. Zurek, R.G. Santangelo, S.M. Stringham, D.W. Watson, and C. Schal (2004). Water solutions of boric acid and sugar for management of German cockroach populations in livestock production systems. Journal of Economic Entomology 97: 715-720.
Gemeno C., L. Zurek, and C. Schal. (2004). Control of the Herpomyces (Ascomycetes: Laboubeniales) infection of wood cockroaches, Parcoblatta lata (Blattaria: Blattelidae), with benomyl. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 85: 132-135.
Gore JC, Zurek L, Santangelo RG, et al.
Water solutions of boric acid and sugar for management of German cockroach populations in livestock production systems. Journal of Economic Entomology 97 (2): 715-720 APR 2004
Zurek LJ.C. Gore, M.S. Stringham, D.W. Watson, M.G. Waldvogel, and C. Schal (2003). Boric acid dust as a component of an integrated cockroach management program in confined swine production. Journal of Economic Entomology 96: 1362-1366.
Fan Y., L. Zurek , M.J. Dykstra, and C. Schal (2003). Hydrocarbon synthesis by enzymatically dissociated oenocytes of the abdominal integument of the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. Naturwissenschaften 90: 121-126.
Trexler J.D., C.S. Apperson,L. Zurek, C. Gemeno, C. Schal, M. Kaufman, E.D. Walker, D.W. Watson, and L. Wallace (2003) Role of bacteria in mediating the oviposition responses of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 40: 841-848.
Watson, D.W.,Denning, S.S., Zurek, L., Stringham, S.M. and J Elliot. (2003). Effects of lime hydrate on the development of the darkling beetle, Alphitobiusdiaperinus. International Journal of Poultry Science 2: 91-96.
Zurek L., D.W. Watson, and C. Schal (2002). Synergism between the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae, and boric acid against the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. Biological Control 23: 296-302.
Zurek L., D.W. Watson, S.B. Krasnoff,and C. Schal (2002). Effect of the entomopathogenic fungus, Entomophthora muscae (Zygomycota: Entomophthoraceae) on sex pheromone and other cuticular hydrocarbons of the house fly, Musca domestica.Journal of Invertebrate Pathology80: 171-176.
Barbieri E., B.J. Paster, D. Hughes, L. Zurek, D.P. Moser, A. Teske, and M.L. Sogin (2001). Phylogenetic characterization of epibiotic bacteria in the accessory nidamental gland and the egg capsules of the squid Loligo paelei (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae). Environmental Microbiology 3:151-167.
Dugas J.E., Zurek L., Paster B.P., Keddie B.A., and E.R. Leadbetter (2001). Isolation and characterization of the Chryseobacterium strain from the gut of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Archives of Microbiology 175: 259-262
Zurek L., Denning S.S., Schal C., and D.W. Watson (2001). Vector competence of Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) for Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Journal of Medical Entomology 38: 333-336.
Zurek L. and B.A. Keddie (2000). Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Viullemin - a promising biological control agentof the satin moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology 10: 641-644.
Zurek L., Schal C., and D.W. Watson (2000). Diversity and contribution of the gastro-intestinal bacterial community to the development of Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) larvae. Journal of Medical Entomology 37: 924-928.
Zurek L. and B.A. Keddie (1998). Significance of methanogenic symbionts for development of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Journal of Insect Physiology 44: 645-651.
Zurek L. and B.A. Keddie (1996). Contribution of the colon and colonic anaerobic bacterial flora to the metabolism and development of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana L. Journal of Insect Physiology 42: 743-748.