Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

  Associate Center Director and Associate Professor
  Phone: 863.956.8666
  Email: pelzstelinski@ufl.edu


Refereed Papers


Kelley, A.J. and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2019 Effect of thermotherapy on the acquisition of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus by the Asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae). Florida Entomologist. In press.


Riera, N., Y. Li., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and N. Wang. 2018. Induced systemic resistance against citrus canker disease by rhizobacteria. Phytopathology. DOI:10.1094/PHYTO-07-17-0244-R 

Chen, X.D ., T.A. Gill P C.D. Nguyen, N. Killiny, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2018. Insecticide toxicity associated with detoxification enzymes and genes related to transcription of cuticular melanization among color morphs of Asian citrus psyllid. Insect Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.12582

Chu, C., M. Hoffman , W.E. Braswell, and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2018. Genetic variation and potential co-infection of Wolbachia among widespread Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri Kuwayama) populations. Insect Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.12566


Pelz-Stelinski, K.S., H. Kingdom-Gibbard , X. Martini p, and L.L. Stelinski. 2017. Patterns of habitat use by the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, as influenced by abiotic and biotic growing conditions. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. 19: 171-180.  https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12197

Gill, T.A. , C.C. Chu , and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2017. Comparative proteomic analysis of hemolymph from uninfected and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus-infected Diaphorina citri. Amino Acids. 49: 389-406. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00726-016-2373-2

Wang, N., L.L. Stelinski, K. Pelz-Stelinski, J.H. Graham, and Y. Zhang. 2017. Tale of the huanglongbing disease pyramid in the context of the citrus microbiome. Phytopathology. 107: 380-387. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-12-16-0426-RVW 

Chen, X.D ., T.A. Gill , K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2017. Risk assessment of various insecticides used for management of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri in Florida citrus, against honeybee, Apis mellifera. Ecotoxicology. 26: 351-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10646-017-1768-5

Rivera, M.J., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, X. Martinip, and L.L. Stelinski. 2017. Bacterial phytopathogen infection disrupts belowground plant indirect defense mediated by tritrophic cascade. Ecology and Evolution. 7: 4844-4854. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3052

Arp, A., X. Martini , and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2017. Innate immune system capabilities of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 148:94-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2017.06.002

Chrostek, E., K. Pelz-Stelinski, G.D. Hurst, and G.L. Hughes. 2017. Horizontal transmission of intracellular insect symbionts via plants. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8:2237. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02237


Arp, A.P., W.B. Hunter, and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2016. Annotation of the Asian citrus psyllid genome reveals a reduced innate immune system. Frontiers in Physiology, Invertebrate Physiology. 7:570. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2016.00570

Pelz-Stelinski, K.S. and N. Killiny. 2016. Better together: Association with ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ increases the reproductive fitness of its insect vector, Diaphorina citri. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 109:371-376. https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/saw007

Chu, C., M. Hoffman , and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2016. Inter-population variability of endosymbiont densities in the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Microbial Ecology. 71: 999-1007. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-016-0733-9

Martini, X. , K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2016. Factors affecting the overwintering abundance of the Asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae) in Florida citrus orchards. Florida Entomologist. 99: 178-186. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.099.0204


Martini, X.M.., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2015. Absence of windbreaks and replanting citrus in solid sets increase density of Asian citrus psyllid populations. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment. 212:168-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.06.027

Martini, X., M. Hoffman, M.R. Coy, L.L. Stelinski, and Pelz-Stelinski, KS. 2015. Infection of an insect vector with a bacterial plant pathogen increases its propensity for dispersal. PLoS One. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0129373

Russell, C.W. and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2015. Development of an artificial diet and feeding system for juvenile stages of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 154:171-176. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.12268


Martini X., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2014. Plant pathogen-induced volatiles attract parasitoids to increase parasitism of an insect vector.  Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2:1-8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2014.00008

Coy M.R., M. HoffmanP, H.N. Kingdom-Gibbard, E.H. Kuhn, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2014. Nested-quantitative PCR approach with improved sensitivity for the detection of low titer levels of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama. Journal of Microbiological Methods 102:15-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2014.04.007

Hoffmann M., M.R. Coy, H.N. Kingdom-Gibbard, and K.S. Pelz-Stelinski. 2014. Wolbachia infection density in populations of the Asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae). Environmental Entomology 43: 1215-1222. https://doi.org/10.1603/EN14193


Yan, Q., A. Sreedharan, S. Wei, J. Wang, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, S. Folimonova and N. Wang. 2013. Global gene expression changes in Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus during the transmission in distinct hosts between plant and insect. Molecular Plant Pathology 14:391-404. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12015


Boina, D. R., M. Salyani, S. Tiwari, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Spray droplet size affects efficacy of fenpropathrin against Asian citrus psyllid. Journal of ASTM International. Accepted.

Mann, R.S., J.G. Ali, S.L. Hermann, S. Tiwari, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, H.T. Alborn and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Induced release of a plant defensive volatile ‘deceptively’ attracts insect vectors to plants infected with a bacterial pathogen. PloS Pathogens. 8(3):e1002610. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1002610

Kuhns, E.H., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Exposure of female moths to their sex pheromone reduces mating success by possibly reducing their response to male aphrodisiacs: a potential new mechanism of mating disruption. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 38:168-175. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-012-0076-z


Mann, R., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Sexual transmission of a plant pathogenic bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, between conspecific insect vectors during mating. PLoS One. 6(12): e29197 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0029197

Pelz-Stelinski, K.S., M. G. Kaufman, and E. D. Walker. 2011. Beetle (Coleoptera: Scirtidae) facilitation of larval mosquito growth in tree hole habitats is linked to multitrophic microbial interactions. Microbial Ecology. 62:690-703. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-011-9872-1

Tiwari, S., K. Pelz-Stelinski, R. S. Mann and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Glutathione S-transferase and cytochrome P450 (general oxidase) activity levels in Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus-infected and uninfected Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104: 297-305. https://doi.org/10.1603/AN10128

Tiwari, S., K. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Effect of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection on susceptibility of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, to selected insecticides. Pest Management Science. 67: 94-99. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.2038


Tiwari, S., H. Lewis-Rosenblum, K. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2010. Incidence of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection in abandoned citrus occurring in proximity to commercially managed groves. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 1972-1978. https://doi.org/10.1603/EC10149

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., R.H. Brlansky, and M.E. Rogers. 2010. Transmission of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus by the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 1531-1541. https://doi.org/10.1603/EC10123

Hartung, J. S., S. E. Halbert, K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, R. H. Brlansky, C. Chen, F. G. Gmitter. 2010. Lack of evidence for transmission of ‘Candidatus’ Liberibacter asiaticus through true citrus seed. Plant Disease. 94: 1200-1205. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-09-0595

M.G. Kaufman, K. S . Pelz-Stelinski, D. Yee, S. Juliano, P. Olstrom, and E.D.Walker. 2010. Stable isotope analysis reveals detrital resource base sources of the tree hole mosquito, Ochlerotatus triseriatus. Ecological Entomology. 35: 586-593. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2311.2010.01217.x

Forbes, A. A., K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, and R. Isaacs. 2010. Transfer of life history phenology from mothers to progeny in a solitary univoltine parasitoid. Physiological Entomology. 35: 192-195. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3032.2010.00725.x

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., M.G. Kaufman, and E.D. Walker. 2010. Senescent leaf exudate increases mosquito survival and microbial activity. Ecological Entomology. 35: 329-340. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2311.2010.01183.x


Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., L. J. Gut, and R. Isaacs. 2006. Behavioral responses of Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae) to GF-120 insecticidal bait enhanced with ammonium acetate. Journal of Economic Entomology. 99: 1316-1320. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/99.4.1316

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., L. J. Gut, and R. Isaacs. 2006. Vertical position of traps influences captures of eastern cherry fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist. 89: 80-83. https://doi.org/10.1653/0015-4040(2006)89[80:VPOTIC]2.0.CO;2

Stelinski, L.L., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.J. Gut. 2006. Male Diachasma alloeum parasitoids from two host species of tephritid fruit flies respond equally to female-produced sex pheromone. Physiological Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3032.2006.00503.x

Stelinski, L. L., K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, O. E. Liburd, and L. J. Gut. 2006. Control strategies for Rhagoletis mendax disrupt host-finding and ovipositional capability of its parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum. Biological Control. 36: 91-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2005.07.016

Pelz-Stelinski, K.S., L.J. Gut, L.L. Stelinski, O.E. Liburd, and R. Isaacs. 2005. Host-fruit volatiles are attractive to Rhagoletis mendax and R. cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae). Environmental Entomology. 34:1013-1018. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/34.5.1013

Pelz, K. S., R. Isaacs, J. Wise, and L. J. Gut. 2005. Protection of fruit against infestation by apple maggot and blueberry maggot flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) using GF-120 Fruit Fly Bait. Journal of Economic Entomology. 98 (2): 432-437. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/98.2.432

Stelinski, L. L., K. S. Pelz, and O. E. Liburd. 2004. Field observations quantifying attraction of the parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to blueberry fruit infested by the blueberry maggot fly, Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist. 87: 124-129. https://doi.org/10.1653/0015-4040(2004)087[0124:FOQAOT]2.0.CO;2

Past Positions

Post Doctoral Researcher 2008. University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL

Research Assistant 2004-2008. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Research Assistant 2002-2004. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Ph.D. 2008. Departments of Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

M.S. 2004. Department of Entomology - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

B.A. 2001. Biology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI