Professor Anthony Clarke

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Chief Investigator

Ph.d (Entomology) (University of Queensland)

Short version Fresh produce is essential for healthy communities, while horticulture is the fastest growing agricultural sector across the globe.  Unfortunately, in nearly all parts of world, fleshy fruits and vegetables are subject to infestation by fruit flies.  These insects lay their eggs into fruit, where the eggs hatch into maggots which feed in the fruit.  If uncontrolled, fruit flies can destroy 20-100% of a  crop.  I am an acknowledged world leader in researching the biology and management of fruit flies, particularly those native to Asia, Australia and Pacific, which belong to the genera Bactrocera and Zeugodacus.  My laboratory's research is presented at https://research.qut.edu.au/fruitflyqut Long version I completed my PhD in entomology from The University of Queensland in 1992, following on from a B.Agr.Sc [Entomology major] at the same institution in 1986.  After graduating, I spent 10 years as a research fellow working on insect ecology at the University of Tasmania, The University of Queensland and Griffith University.  At Griffith University I worked on fruit flies for the first time, under the mentorship of R.A.I. Drew. In 2002 I took up a tenured position as a lecturer in ecology with the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, where I now hold the title of Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management.  Most of my research has focused on the science underpinning sustainable insect pest management, with an emphasis on forestry and horticultural systems.  My exclusive research focus for over a decade has been on tropical fruit flies of the genus Bactrocera, which are the primary horticultural insect pests of Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and increasingly of Africa following the 2003 invasion of Oriental fruit fly.  I have participated in numerous international fruit fly projects which have seen me work with colleagues throughout the world, including hard to get to countries such as Papua New Guinea and Bhutan.  I am the author or co-author of over 140 refereed publications (80+ on tephritids) and have graduated 20 research higher degree students, predominantly PhDs, and am currently supervising a further six. I am an elected fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London, and in 2014 was winner of the Australian Entomological Society’s Mackerras Medal for excellence in entomology. Longest version In the beginning....