Senior Research Scientist - Invertebrate and Weed Science
Microbial Science, Pests & Diseases
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Investigating the biology, behaviour and management options for the two major pests of almonds in Australia - carpophilus beetle and carob moth. This involves clarifying the relationships between these pests and crop residues that remain in orchards after harvest; assessment of orchard hygiene practices; field evaluation of improved mass-trapping systems; biological control and pheromone-based mating disruption.
Developing the components for an integrated pest management (IPM) program for Australia’s almond industry, to support sustainable management of the suite of pests that affect almond crops.
Thirty-two years of experience in field research and extension in integrated pest management, involving the grape, citrus and almond industries. This included management of a national citrus IPM research project, producer workshops on pest identification and management, pest diagnostics for table grape export inspections and management of a seasonal pest and disease advisory service.
Provision of research, extension and industry development support for the organic industry, including publication of organic production manuals for the grape and citrus industries.