PhD update – Sue

I started my PhD investigating the interactions between two parasitoid wasps (Encarsia formosa and Eretmocerus warrae) and a predatory Hemiptera (Nesidiocoris tenuis) as natural enemies of greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum). Greenhouse grown tomatoes are an important industry in the New England area. The use of biological control can minimise or eliminate the need for chemical Read More…

PhD update – Isobel

Acacia falcata plants exude a sugary substance from the leaf-like phyllodes that attracts various insects, particularly ants. Two ant species, an Iridomyrmex sp. and a Polyrhachis sp. both commonly harvest this sugary secretion from A. falcata. To locate this resource, ant’s antennal sensilla come in contact with volatiles that come off the secretion when it Read More…

Lab visitor

Recently Dr. Sara V. Pinzon-Navarro, Post-doctoral Zimmerman Fellow from Australian National Insect Collection recently visited the lab to look at weevils from Nigel’s Acacia insect sampling collections, She also gave a talk on her research “Integrating taxonomy and molecular analysis to understand diversity patterns”.

Nigel at Southern Connections

Nigel is currently at the Southern Connections congress at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ http://www.otago.ac.nz/V11-southern-connection He presented his research on ant responses to climate change