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MSc student

Department

Zoology and Entomology
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Primary Supervisor
Brett Hurley

Co Supervisor
Bernard Slippers

My research focus on the interesting life cycle of the gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa and its associated community.  There are four wasps which appear to be associated with L. invasa, these include: Selitrichodes neseri and Quadrastichus mendeli which are known parasitoids of L. invasa and two Megastigmus species with unknown biologies and host preference.  The aim of my research is to assess the spread of S. neseri and to determine the role the Megastigmus species play within this system.


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Publication
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