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Michael E Scharf


  • Professor and O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair

Awards & Honors

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

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

Selected Publications

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

Karl, Z. J., & Scharf, M. E. (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, (In Press).

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

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

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

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

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

Sen, R., Raychoudhury, R., Cai, Y., Sun, Y., Lietze, V. U., Boucias, D. G., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). Differential impacts of juvenile hormone, soldier head extract and alternate caste phenotypes on host and symbiont gene expression in the gut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. BMC Genomics, 14, 491.

Sethi, A., Slack, J. M., Kovaleva, E. S., Buchman, G. W., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). Lignin-associated metagene expression in a lignocellulose-digesting termite. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 43, 91-101. Retrieved from

Gondhalekar, A. D., & Scharf, M. E. (2013). Cockroach baiting and preventing resistance to bait products. Pest Control Technology Magazine, July, 42-47. Retrieved from