M.Sc. position: Use of entomopathogens in integrated pest management of forest insects pests
A M.Sc. position is available in FABI to investigate the use of entomopathogens for the control of insect pests in plantation forests. The use of entomopathogens as biopesticides has been effective in controlling various insect pests of economic concern. The study aims to characterize the diversity of B. bassiana and other entomopathogens in South Africa and determine their efficiency against selected insect pests of plantation trees. In addition, different application methods will be evaluated and the effect on relevant biological control agents will be assessed.
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Postdoctoral Position in Applied Chemical Ecology of Forest Plantation Pests
We seek to hire a postdoctoral research Fellow to conduct mission-oriented research to develop and improve integrated pest management tactics and strategies for insects affecting plantation forests in South Africa. This position is part of an ongoing collaboration between FABI, the University of Pretoria and the Canadian Forest Service’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre, and partially supported by funding from Sappi. The successful candidate will conduct research with a primary focus of improving our understanding of the chemical, behavioural and/or population ecology of insect herbivores and their natural enemies in pine and Eucalyptus plantations.
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