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Michael E Scharf


  • O W Rollins/Orkin Chair/Prof Entm
  • Associate Professor / O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology

Awards & Honors

(2012) Professor discovers enzymes in termite gut that aid in biofuel production ( Purdue Innovation and Commercialization Center.

(2012) Recognized for service from 2008-2012 as an editorial board member of the journal Environmental Entomology. Entomological Society of America.


Scharf, M. E., & Sethi, A. (2013). Provisional: Superoxide Dismutases and Glutathione Peroxidases for Biomass Conversion. U.S. Patent No. 61/902,472. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scharf, M. E., Boucias, D. G., Tartar, A., Coy, M. R., Zhou, X. G., Salem, T. I. Z., . . . Wheeler, M. M. (2013). Termite enzymes and uses thereof for in vitro conversion of lignin-containing materials to fermentable products. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,240. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scharf, M. E. (2012). Novel lignases and aldo-keto reductases for biomass conversion. U.S. Patent No. US Provisional Patent No. 61/602,149. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scharf, M. E., Zhou, X. G., Oi, F. M., Wheeler, M. M., Tarver, M. R., & Coy, M. R. (2011). Use of RNA interference to validate new termiticide target sites and a method of termite control. U.S. Patent No. 7,968,525. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Boucias, D. G., Cai, Y., Sun, Y., Lietze, V. U., Sen, R., Raychoudhury, R., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). The hindgut lumen prokaryotic microbiota of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes and its responses to dietary lignocellulose composition. Molecular Ecology, 22, 1836-1853.

Raychoudhury, R., Sen, R., Cai, Y., Sun, Y., Lietze, V. U., Boucias, D. G., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). Comparative metatranscriptomic signatures of wood and paper feeding in the gut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Insect Molecular Biology, 22, 155-171.

Tarver, M. R., Coy, M. R., & Scharf, M. E. (2012). Cyp15F1: A novel cytochrome P450 gene linked to juvenile hormone-dependent caste differentiation in the termite R. flavipes. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 80, 92-108.

Gregorc, A., Evans, J. D., Scharf, M. E., & Ellis, J. D. (2012). Gene expression in honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae exposed to pesticides and Varroa mites (Varroa destructor). Journal of Insect Physiology, 58, 1042-1049.

Gondhalekar, A. D., Saran, R., Scherer, C. W., & Scharf, M. E. (in press). Implementation of an indoxacarb susceptibility monitoring program using field-collected German cockroach isolates from the United States. Journal of Economic Entomology, (In Press).

Sethi, A., Slack, J. M., Kovaleva, E. S., Buchman, G. W., & Scharf, M. E. (2012). Lignin-associated metagene expression in a lignocellulose-digesting termite. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 43, 91-101.

Scharf, M. E., & Gondhalekar, A. D. (2012). Mechanisms underlying fipronil resistance in a multiresistant field strain of the German cockroach. Journal of Medical Entomology, 49(1), 122-131.

CHOI, M. Y., Vander Meer, R. K., Coy, M. R., & Scharf, M. E. (2012). Phenotypic impacts of PBAN RNA interference in an ant, Solenopsis invicta, and a moth, Helicoverpa zea. Journal of Insect Physiology, 58(1159), 1165.

Schwinghammer, M. A., Zhou, X. G., Kambhampati, S., Bennett, G. W., & Scharf, M. E. (2011). A novel gene from the takeout family involved in termite trail-following behavior. Gene, 471, 12-21.

Tiwari, S., Gondhalekar, A. D., Scharf, M. E., & Stelinski, L. L. (2011). Characterization of five CYP4 genes from Asian citrus psyllid and their expression levels in Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infected and uninfected psyllids. Insect Molecular Biology, 20(6), 733-744.