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Postdoctoral Fellow

Department

Zoology and Entomology
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I am broadly interested in insect ecology and am primarily focused on insect plant interactions of economically important species. During my MSc and PhD studies I investigated various aspects of aphid host plant selection behaviour with the aim to improve integrated pest management strategies to reduce incidence of aphid transmitted viruses. 

My current research aims at improving the biological control of the globally invasive Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus scutellatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) species complex. Once considered to be a single species, it is now known to consist of 8 cryptic species. Three of these species have become invasive and a single population Anaphes nitens (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), an egg parasitoids, was introduced to control the pest. Despite the pest being under economic control for over a century, population outbreaks have been observed in recent decades. I have received an Australia Awards Fellowship that enables me to further my research in Australia, the native range of Gonipterus.

 

 

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Publication
Schröder ML, Krüger K. (2014) Preference of aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) for lucerne, maize, soybean and wheat and their potential as prospective border crops for Potato virus Y management in seed potatoes. African Entomology 22(1):144-155.
Schröder ML, Glinwood R, Ignell R, Krüger K. (2014) Visual cues and host-plant preference of the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae). African Entomology 22(2):428-436.