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Senior Technician

Department

FABI
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I am a Senior Technician at the FABI Biocontrol Centre, where my main responsibility is to provide a link between the rearing and experimentation at the Biocontrol Centre and the research and operations required in the field. This includes implementing and managing field trials to assess the effectiveness of current biocontrol agents, release of biocontrol agents, and post-release monitoring. In addition, I also assist in various student projects where collections and / or field trials are involved. I am currently involved in projects on the woodwasp Sirex noctilio, the gall wasp Leptocybe invasa, the bronze bug Thaumastocoris peregrinus, the red gum lerp psyllid Glycaspis brimblecombeii, and entomopathogenic nematodes for the control of white grubs. Apart from my field oriented work, I also play a crucial role in the mass rearing, storage and experimentation of the parasitic nematode, Deladenus siricidicola, a biological control agent of the Sirex woodwasp.


      

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Hurley BP, Hatting HJ, Wingfield MJ, Klepzig KD, Slippers B. (2012) The influence of Amylostereum areolatum diversity and competitive interactions on the fitness of the Sirex parasitic nematode Deladenus siricidicola. Biological Control 61:207-214. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2012.02.006 PDF
Hurley BP, Slippers B, Croft PK, Hatting HJ, van der Linde M, Morris AR, Dyer C, Wingfield MJ. (2008) Factors influencing parasitism of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) by the nematode Deladenus siricidicola (Nematoda: Neotylenchidae) in summer rainfall areas of South Africa. Biological Control 45(3):450-459. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2008.02.010 PDF