Ms Kira Lynn
I completed my MSc Genetics (Cum laude) in 2020. My research project was under the newly formed collaboration between FABI and the international forestry company Royal Golden Eagle (RGE). My project focused on determining what ambrosia beetles and fungal mutalists were infesting non-native Acacia crassicarpa plantations in Indonesia. To investigate this fungal-ambrosia infestation, I was fortunate enough to travel to Indonesia several times during the course of my research and see the infestation first hand and learn a great deal about the forestry industry. Through this research we identified two Euwallacea ambrosia beetles as the predominate beetles infesting these plantations, as well as seven novel Fusarium mutalists of these ambrosia beetles.
For my PhD, I will remain part of the FABI-RGE tree health program. For this research, I will focus on the fungal pathogen Ceratocystis and its impact and movement between the two important forestry species, Eucalyptus and Acacia. I look forward to this new challenge.
My Journal Articles
|Lynn KMT, Wingfield MJ, Durán A, Marincowitz S, Oliveira LSS , De Beer Z, Barnes I. (2020) Euwallacea perbrevis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), a confirmed pest on Acacia crassicarpa in Riau, Indonesia, and a new fungal symbiont; Fusarium rekanum sp. nov.. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 113(6):803-823.