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PhD student

Department

Zoology and Entomology
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Research Profiles

Primary Supervisor
Brett Hurley

Co Supervisor
Mike Wingfield
Jeff Garnas
Bernard Slippers

My research interest is in plant - insect interactions and their contribution to pest management. My current PhD project focuses on the prospects of using host plant resistance and biological control strategies in managing Leptocybe invasa. Just over a decade when L. invasa was first found outside its native home (Australia) around the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, its spread to other Eucalyptus growing areas has been overwhelming. This does not only cost commercial forest companies money but it also puts small scale foresters in a precarious position since their livelihoods are threatened.

My research aims at:

Investigating factors influencing the establishment and performance of Selitrichodes neseri (Biological control agent of L. invasa)


Investigating the importance of Bottom-Up effects on the compatibility of Host Plant Resistance and Biological control as a combined management strategy

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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