OECD Fellowship success

Lab leader Tony Clarke has been successful in winning a fellowship from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Cooperative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.  Along with support from QUT, the OECD fellowship will fund a 14 week sabbatical at the end of 2020, which will be spent at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (= BOKU), hosted by Prof Christian Stauffer.  The purpose of the fellowship, in addition to growing professional and personal connections between BOKU and QUT, is to use the time to review the policy implications of fruit fly competition and dormancy mechanisms for invasion risk assessments.  That invasive tropical fruit flies compete with other flies when invading new areas, and have behavioral and physiological mechanisms for surviving long periods of cold temperature, are well known to fruit fly biologists.  However, these important aspects of fruit fly biology appear to be largely ignored when assessing the risk associated with invasive flies.  Outputs of the fellowship will help highlight the importance of these factors within fruit fly risk assessments.