Mr Privilege Makunde

PhD student


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Primary Supervisor
Brett Hurley

Co Supervisor
Bernard Slippers

I am doing a Ph.D. in Entomology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria (UP) under Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). My research aim is to study the biology and ecology of invasive Eucalyptus psyllids namely, the shell lerp psyllid (Spondyliaspis cf. plicatuloides), the red gum lerp psyllid (Glycaspis brimblecombei), the blue gum psyllid (Ctenarytaina eucalypti) and the eucalyptus psyllid (Blastopsylla occidentalis) (Hemiptera: Aphalaridae). The study findings will provide foundational information on the biology, host preference, interactions with natural enemies, and seasonal occurrence of the newly reported psyllid, S. cf. plicatuloides, as well as other eucalypt-feeding psyllids in South Africa, which will inform knowledge-based management programs and future research.


FABI at the Lisbon IUFRO All Division 7 (Tree Health) Meeting

Fourteen FABIans attended the recent IUFRO All Division 7 (Tree Health) Meeting in Lisbon where they contributed 38 presentations.

Tree planting brings the year to a close

Some 40 FABI students and interns working in the TPCP, CPHB and GRP participated in the last tree planting event for 2021.

First publications celebrated at the TPCP publication party

After an 18 month hiatus, FABI celebrated the first publications in an ISI-rated scientific journal of three FABI postgraduate students in the TPCP and CTHB groups

FABI well represented at ESSA

From 28 June until 1 July, academic staff, postdoctoral Fellows and students from FABI attended the 22nd Biennial Entomological Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) Congress.

SAIF recognizes FABI students

Two FABI PhD candidates were recognized for research excellence by the Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF).

Researchers from 27 countries meet to discuss biological control of forest insect pests

The IUFRO Working Party 7.03.13 meeting on the ‘Biological Control of Forest Insect Pests and Pathogens’ was hosted by FABI from 5-8 November.

FABI hosts the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa

From 3-5 November, participants from Government research institutes and universities gathered at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Campus, for a Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA) workshop on the implementation of classical biological control to manage insect pests in plantation forests.

FABI ships biocontrol agent to Uganda

Thaumastocoris peregrinus, the bronze bug, is not only a pest attacking Eucalyptus in South Africa but is also a problem in several other African countries.

Export to RIS
Makunde PT, Slippers B, Burckhardt D, de Queiroz DL, Lawson SA, Hurley BP. (2020) Current and potential threat of psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) on eucalypts. Southern Forests 82:233-242. 10.2989/20702620.2020.1813650