Don Henne

Assistant Professor, Subtropical Pest Management Laboratory

Texas AgriLife Research – Weslaco
2415 E. Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
Phone: 956-969-5634
Fax: 956-969-5620


Dr. Don Henne is an Assistant Professor in Subtropical Pest Management Laboratory at the Weslaco Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) and is a member of the Texas A&M Department of Entomology.  He is responsible for research on insect pests affecting vegetables and other specialty crops in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and south Texas.  His research interests include insecticide efficacy evaluations, insect sampling, population dynamics, movement and spread, spatial statistics, plant disease-vector interactions, and plant disease epidemiology.

Dr. Henne received his Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University.  He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in entomology from the University of Manitoba, Canada.  He has previously worked on phorid fly population ecology, biological control of insects and weeds, and Saturniid moth biology and ecology.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Weslaco entomology

Selected Recent Publications

Sengoda, V.G., J.L. Buchman, D.C. Henne, H.R. Pappu, and J.E. Munyaneza. 2013. “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum” titer over time in Bactericera cockerelli (Hemiptera: Triozidae) after acquisition from infected potato and tomato plants. Journal of Economic Entomology 106: 1964-1972 (PDF)

Yang, X.-B., Y.-M. Zhang, D.C. Henne, and T.-X. Liu. 2013. Life tables of Bactericera cockerelli (Hemiptera: Triozidae) on tomato under laboratory and field conditions in southern Texas. Florida Entomologist 96: 904-913 (PDF)

Workneh, F., D. C. Henne, J. A. Goolsby, J. M. Crosslin, S. D. Whipple, J. D. Bradshaw, A. Rashed, L. Paetzold, R. M. Harveson, and C. M. Rush. 2013. Characterization of Management and Environmental Factors Associated with Regional Variations in Potato Zebra Chip Occurrence. Phytopathology 103: 1235-1242 (PDF)

Goolsby, J.A., J.J. Adamczyk, J.M., Crosslin, N.N. Troxclair, J.R. Anciso, G.G. Bester, J.D. Bradshaw, E.D. Bynum, L.A. Carpio, D.C. Henne, and 9 others. 2012. Seasonal population dynamics of the potato psyllid (Hemiptera: Triozidae) and its associated pathogen ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ in potatoes in the southern great plains of North America. Environmental Entomology 105: 1268-1276 (PDF).

Henne, D.C., F. Workneh, and C.M. Rush. 2012. Spatial patterns and spread of potato zebra chip in the Texas Panhandle. Plant Disease 96: 948-956 (PDF).

Workneh, F., D.C.Henne, C.A. Childers, L. Paetzold and C.M. Rush.  2012.  Assessments of the edge effect in incidence of potato zebra chip disease. Plant Disease 96: 943-947 (PDF).

Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2011. Short-term population redistribution of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Dipera: Phoridae) from point source releases. Environmental Entomology 40:73-81 (PDF).

Henne, D.C., F. Workneh, and C.M. Rush. 2010. Movement of Bactericera cockerelli (Heteroptera: Psyllidae) in relation to potato canopy structure, and effects on potato tuber weights. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1524-1530 (PDF).

Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson.  2010. Aggregation, direct mutual interference and functional response characteristics of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera Phoridae). Biological Control 55: 63-71 (PDF).

Henne, D.C., Workneh, F., Wen, A., Price, J.A., Pasche, J.S. Gudmestad, N.C, and Rush, C.M. 2010. Characterization and epidemiological significance of potato plants grown from seed tubers affected by zebra chip disease. Plant Disease 94: 659-665 (PDF).

Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2009. Sampling and dynamics of Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera: Phoridae) in Louisiana.  Environmental Entomology 38: 539-550 (PDF).

Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2008. Spatio-temporal population structure of a fire ant parasitoid. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.  129: 132-141 (PDF).

Henne, D.C., S.J. Johnson and J.T. Cronin. 2007. Population spread of the introduced red imported fire ant parasitoid, Pseudacteon tricuspis Borgmeier (Diptera: Phoridae), in Louisiana. Biological Control 42: 97-104 (PDF).

Henne, D.C. and S.J. Johnson. 2007. Zombie fire ant workers: behavior controlled by decapitating fly parasitoids.  Insectes Sociaux 52: 150-153 (PDF).

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