Xing Ping Hu

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Extension Specialist

203 Extension Hall
+1 334-844-6392 (office)
+1 334-844-5002 (fax)

Areas of Interest:

Fundamental Research: arthropods' biology, behavior, physiological / chemical ecology, toxicology, molecular immunology and disease transmission.
Applied Research: developing and advancing Integrated Pest Management (IPM); exploring and evaluating efficacy of new chemicals, formulations, and application methods and alternative IPM tactics.
Pest groups: social insects (termites, ants, cockroaches, wasps, etc.); invasive insects (kudzu bugs, etc.), health pests, veterinary pests.

1998 Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Integrated Pest Management)
1985 M.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China (Entomology)

Professional Experience:

2011-Present Professor & Extension Specialist
2005-2011 Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
2000-2005 Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
1999-2000 Assistant Specialist, Louisiana State University
1998-1999 Extension Associate, Louisiana State University
1993-1998 Visiting Scientist & Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts
1985-1993 Professor, Associate Professor, Instructor, Shandong Agricultural University

Honors & Awards (selected):

  • 2011 - The Guthrie's Award for Achievement in International Agriculture Service
  • 2011-Present - Honorary Professor, Qingdao Agricultural University, China
  • 2009-Present - Honorary Professor, Southwest University, China
  • 2009-Present - Visiting Professor, Yangzi University, China
  • 2007-Present - Adjunct Professor, South China Agricultural University
  • Delegate of Auburn University to "Auburn Garden" ceremony in Wuhan, China
  • 2009 - Visiting Professor, Universiti of Sains Malaysia
  • 2009 - Distinguished Speaker of the year, Entomology, Louisiana State University
  • 2005-2008 - Appointed Graduate Advisor, China Agricultural University
  • 2002-2006 - Honorary Professor, Shandong Agricultural University
  • 2003 - Commending School's Pilot Program of IPM, Senate of AL
  • 2003 - Recognition of Pilot Program of School IPM, EPA

Professional Responsibilities (selected):

  • 2014-present - Alabama IPM Advisory Board
  • 2013-present - Pesticide Safety Advisory Board of Alabama
  • 2010-present - 8th International IPM Symposium Steering Committee
  • 2010-Present - SEB-ESA Student Awards Committee
  • 2010-Present - Reward Committee, 7th and 8th International IPM Symposium
  • 2009-Present - Subject Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology
  • 2009-Present - Editorial Board, Bulletin of Insectology
  • 2009-Present - Editorial Board, International Journal of Insect Science
  • 2010-2012 - Teaching and Education Technologies Committee, AACAAS
  • 2002-2005 - Correspondence for Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program in Alabama, EPA


  • 2010-Present - Graduate Program Officer
  • 2010-Present - Administrator Evaluation Committee, University Senate
  • 2009-2012 - University Academic Senator, Auburn University
  • 2008-Present - Agricultural College Diversity Committee
  • 2002-2010 - Committee of Departmental Graduate Admissions, Auburn University
  • 2007-2009 - Department Executive Committee, Auburn University
  • 2002-2003 - Faculty Mentoring Selection, Auburn University
  • 2000-2003 - Alabama Association County Agricultural Agent Communication Committee

Current Graduate Students and Scientist:

  • JianJun Guo, visiting scientist
  • Yang Liu (visiting scientist / Ph.D. student from South China University)
  • Julian Golec, M.S. (Graduate Research Assistant)
  • Yuan Zeng, Ph.D. (Graduate Research Assistant)
  • Znar Barwary, Ph.D. (Graduate Research Assistant)
  • David Pugh, Ag.M. (D.V.M. and Veterinary Parasitology Specialist at College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Marta Barba Recreo, M.S. (Resident, Equien Internal Medicine) - committee member

"Device for Pest Control" US Patent No. 5720968. Baruch S. Shasha (USDa), Michael R. McGuire (BRDC), Xing Ping Hu (UMass) and Ronald J. Prokopy (UMass)


Book Chapters (selected)
  • Hu, X.P. 2011. Liquid termiticides and their current role in subterranean termite management. In: R. Dhang (Ed.): Urban Pest Management - An Environmental Perspective. CABI (UK and USA). pp, 114-132.
  • Hu, X.P. 2010. Chapter 12: Biology and Reproductive Strategies in the Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). In: Liu, T.X. and Kang, L. (Eds): Recent advances in entomological research: from molecular biology to pest management. High Educational Press, Springer, pp 213 - 226.
  • Hu, X.P. 2005. Subterranean termite management. In: Liu, T.-X. & tang, N. (eds.) Entomological Research: Progress and Perspectives, Science Press, Beijing, Chapter 21, pp. 448-469.
Publications (selected, *graduate student)
  • Yuan*, Z., Hu, X.P., Yu, X. and Suh, S.J. 2014. Multiple antibacterial activities of proteinaceous compounds in crude extracts from the Eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes Kollar (Blattodea: Isopetera: Rhinotermitidae). Advances in Research (Accepted April 2014. in press)
  • Barwary*, Z. Gorzlanyk, A. and Hu, X.P. 2014. Effects of concentration, distance, and application methods of Altriset on eastern subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Insect Science DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12122. pdf
  • Barba, M*, Stewart, AJ, Passler, T, Hu, XP, Chamorro, MF, Cattley, R, Hathcock, T, Hogsette, JA, Wooldridge, AA. 2014. Experimental transmission of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis in horses by house flies. J. Vet. Intern. Med. (Accepted March 2014, in press)
  • Golec*, J.R., Hu, X.P., Ray, C. and Woodley N.E. 2013. Strongygaster triangulifera (Diptera: Tachinidae) as a parasitoid of adults of the invasive Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Alabama. J. Entomol. Sci. 48(4): 352-354. pdf
  • Gardner, W.A., L, Blount, J.L., Golec*, J.R., Couret, J.R., Jones, W.A., Hu, X.P., Dong, X., Talamas, E.J., Ray, C.H., Buntin, G.D., Gerardo, N.M. 2013. Discovery of Paratelenomus saccharalis (Dodd) (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), an egg parasitoid of the bean plataspid, Megacopta cribraria F. (Hemiptera: Plataspidae), in its expanded North American range. J. Entomol. Sci. 48(4): 355-359. pdf
  • Barwary*, Z., Hu, X.P. and Hickman, R. 2013. Effects of intercepting treatment of foraging tunnel on subterranean termite (Isopera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Ag. Urb. Entomol. 29(1): 25-34.
  • Pugh*, D.G., Hu, X.P. and Galgbum, B. 2013. Habronemiasis: biology, signs, and diagnosis, and treatment and prevention of the nematodes and vector flies. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 34(2): 241-248. pdf
  • Gardner, W.A., Peeler, H.B., LaForest, J., Roberts, P.M., Sparks, Jr. A.N., Greene, J.K., Reisig, D., Suiter, D.R., Bacheler, J.S., Kidd, K., Ray, C.H., Hu, X.P., Kemerait, R.C., Scocco, E.A., Eger, J.E., Ruberson, J.R., Sikora, E.J., Herber, Jr. D.A., Campana, C., Halbert, S., Stewart, S.S., Buntin, G.D., Toews, M.D., and Bargeron, C.T. 2013. Confirmed Distribution and Occurrence of Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the Southeastern United States. J. Entomol. Sci. 48(2): 118-127.
  • Wu*, H., Appel, A.G. and Hu, X.P. 2013. Instar determination of Blaptic dubia (Blattodea: Blaberidae) using Gaussian mixture model. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 106(3): 323-328. pdf
  • Xu*, Y., Held, D.W. and Hu, X.P. 2013. Dietary choices and their implication for survival and development of omnivorous mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). 71:65-71. pdf
  • Yuan, Z. and Hu, X.P. 2012. Repellent, antifeedant, and toxic activities of Lantana camara leaf extract against Reticulitermites flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology. 105(6): 2115-2121. pdf
  • Xu*, Y., Held, D.W. and Hu, X.P. 2012. Potential negative effects of earthworm prey on damage to turfgrass by ominivorous mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Environmental Entomology. 41(5): 1139-1144. pdf
  • Pugh* DG and Hu, XP. 2012. Mange mite infestation and control in New World Camelids (Artiodactyla: Camelidae). Proceedings of International Camelid Health Conference for Veterinarians. pp: SA:60-66.
  • Quarcoo*, FY., Hu, XP., Appel, AG. 2012. Effects of non-repellent termiticides on the tunneling and walking ability of the eastern subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Pest Management Science. 68: 1352-1359. DOI: 10.1002/ps.3302 pdf
  • Appel, AG., Hu, XP., Zhou J., Qin, Z., Zhu H., Chang X., Wang Z., Liu, X. and Liu M. 2012. Observation of the biology and ecology of the black-winged termite, Odontotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Termitidae) in camphor, Cinnamomum camphora (L.) (Lauraceae). Psyche. Volume2012, Article ID 123102. DOI: 10.1155/2012/123102. pdf
  • Yuan, Z. and Hu, X.P. 2011. Evaluation of differential antitermitic activities of Lantanan camara oven-dried tissues against Reticulitermes virginicus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Insect Science 18 (2): 1-11 (Online: DOI 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2010.01400). pdf
  • Hu, X.P., Song*, D.L., and Gao, X.W. 2010. Biological changes in the Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) and its protozoa profile following starvation. Insectes Sociaux 58(1): 39-45 (Online: DOI 10.1007/s00040-010-0114-1). pdf
  • Ding, W. and Hu, X.P. 2010. Antitermitic effects of the Lantana camara L. plant on subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitide). Insect Science. 17 (5): 427-433. pdf
  • Quarcoo* F., Appel, A. and Hu, X.P. 2010.  Effects of indoxacarb concentration and exposure time on the onset of abnormal behaviors and death in the eastern subterranean termite. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103 (3): 762-769. pdf
  • Quarcoo*, F., Appel, A. and Hu, X.P. 2010. Descriptive study of non-repellent insecticide-induced behaviors in Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitide). Sociobiology. 55(1B): 217-227. pdf
  • Hu, X.P. and Ding, W. 2009. Do mound disturbance and bait placement affect bait removal and treatment efficacy in red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) at different seasons? International Journal of Insect Science. 1: 3-9. pdf
  • Hu, X.P. 2008. Differential effects of mound disturbance and bait placement on bait foraging activity by the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in cold weather. Sociobiology. 53: 169-176.
  • Hu, X.P. and Song*, D. 2007. Behavioral reactions of two subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotemitidae) to instant freezing or chilling temperatures – cold avoidance and survival strategy. Environmental Entomology 36(6): 1450-1456. pdf
  • Hu, X.P. and Song*, D. 2007. Field evaluation of label-rate broadcast treatment with bait products for controlling the Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 50(3): 1107-1116.
  • Hu, X.P., Song*, D. and Anderson, C. 2007. Effect of imidacloprid granule on subterranean termite foraging activity in ground-touching non-structural wood. Sociobiology 50(3): 861-866.
  • Hu, X.P. and Hickman, B. 2006. Exterior perimeter plus limited interior treatments with fipronil as an IPM option for subterranean termite management. International Pest Control 48(4) 200-203.
  • Song, D and Hu, X.P. 2006. Effects of dose, donor-recipient interaction time and ratio on fipronil transmission among the Formosan subterranean termite nestmates (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 48(1): 237-246. pdf
  • Shelton, G, Hu, X. P., Appel, A.G. and Wagner, T.L. 2006. Flight speed of Tethered Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidea) alates. Journal of Insect Behavior 19(1): 115-128.
  • Song*, D., Hu, X.P., and N.-Y. Su. 2006. Survivorship, cannibalism, body weight loss, necrophagy, and entombment in laboratory groups of the Formosan subterranean termite, coptotermes formosanus  Shiraki, under starvation. Sociobiology 47(1):27-39.
  • Hu, X.P., Song*, D. and Scheler, C. 2005. Transfer of indoxacarb among workers of Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): effects of dose, donor/recipient ratio, and post-exposure time. Pest Management Science 61:1209-1214. pdf
  • Hu, X.P. and Xu, Y. 2005. Morphological embryonic development of the eastern subterranean termite. Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhnotermitidae). Sociobiology 45(3):573-586.
  • Hu, X.P. 2005. Evaluation of the efficacy and non-repellency of indoxacarb and fipronil treated soil at various concentrations and thicknesses against two subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhnotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 98(2):509-517. pdf
  • Appel, A. and Hu, X.P. 2005. Perception of trail-following substances by Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) using behavioral bioassays. Sociobiology 45(1):151-162.
  • Hu, X.P., Appel, A. and Vester, R. 2005. Asian cockroach "invades" Alabama. Pest Control. January:41-42.
  • Hu, X.P. and Oi, F. 2004. Disrtribution and establishment of Formosan subterranean termite in Alabama. Sociobiology 44(1):35-47.
  • Hu, X.P. and Appel, A.G. 2004. Seasonal variation of critical thermal limits and temperature tolerance in two subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Environmental Entomology 33(2):197-205. pdf
  • Hu, X.P., Appel, A.G. an Traniello, J.F.A. 2003. Behavioral response of two subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) to vibration stimulu. Journal of Insect Behavior 16(5):703-715.
  • Hu, X.P. and Zhu*, F. 2003. Aggressive relationship between two subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Acta Zoologica Sinica 49(3):295-302.
Extension Publications (selected)
  • 2014. Kudzu bug control in residential areas. ANR-2163
  • 2014. Fly control for Alabama cattle operations. ANR-2083
  • 2013. Battling bed bugs - knowing the enemy. ANR1464
  • 2013. Control of parasitic Chorioptic mange mites on the horse, donkey and mule. ANR-1444
  • Timely Pest Alerts website
  • Hu, X.P. 2012. Mosquitos in and around Homes. ANR-1116
  • Housefly buzzing. Alabama IPM Communicator
  • Consequence of mound disturbance. Pest Control Technology
  • Asian cockroach, a new pest in urban environment. ANR-1322. ACES
  • The brown recluse spider. ANR-1043, ACES
  • Carpenter Bees - Biology and Management. ANR-1302. ACES Circular
  • Asian cockroach "invades" Alabama. Pest Control
  • Subterranean termite control products for Alabamians. ACES Circular ANR-1252
  • Formosan Subterranean Termites. ACES Circular ANR-1035
  • The black widow. Outdoor Alabama.
  • IPM tactics for subterranean termite control. ACES CircularANR-1022.
  • Protecting new homes against foreign grain beetles. ACES Circular ANR-1203
  • Managing Indian Meal Moth. ACES Circular ANR-1197

Fruit IPM teamPing collect termite in jungle09 FallUrban-Entomol Lab Crew, 2011Yuan and Hao inject termitesProf. Xiangli Dong running bioassay

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