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Research Assistant

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FABI
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I am part of a team of students and researchers looking into potential biological control agents for eucalyptus pests. The majority of the work I do is in the quarantine facility at the FABI Nursery. This facility was built so that we can assess the impact of our potential biological control agents on both the pest insect species and our indigenous insect species.

Part of my position is to ensure that there are enough potential biological control agents available for experimental work, this involves rearing not only the potential biological control agents but also keeping a supply of the pest species.

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Bush SJ, Dittrich-Schröder D, Neser S, Gevers C, Baffoe KO, Slippers B, Hurley BP. (2017) First record of Quadristichus mendeli, a parasitoid of Leptocybe invasa, in South Africa. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2017.1318347
Bush SJ, Slippers B, Neser S, Harney M, Dittrich-Schröder G, Hurley BP. (2016) Six recently recorded Australian insects associated with Eucalyptus in South Africa. African Entomology 24(2):539-544. 10.4001/003.024.0539
Hajek AE, Hurley BP, Kenis M, Garnas J, Bush SJ, Wingfield MJ, Lenteren JCV, Cock MJW. (2016) Exotic biological control agents: a solution or contribution to arthropod invasions?. Biological Invasions 18(4):953-969. 10.1007/s10530-016-1075-8
Dittrich-Schroder G, Harney M, Neser S, Joffe T, Bush S, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2014) Biology and host preference of Selitrichodes neseri: A potential biological control agent of the Eucalyptus gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa. Biological Control 78:33-41. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2014.07.004 PDF
Mutitu EK, Garnas JR, Hurley BP, Wingfield MJ, Harney M, Bush SJ, Slippers B. (2013) Biology and rearing of Cleruchoides noackae (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), an egg parasitoid for the biological control of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae). Journal of Economic Entomology 106:1979-1985. 10.1603/EC13135 PDF