Dr Rehan Silva

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Research Fellow

Bachelor of Science (Molecular cell biology and Wildlife biology) 2007-2009

Bachelor of Science (Zoology) Honours, 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, 2011-2015

Rehan’s research focuses on insect-plant interactions, in particular, understanding the intricate relationships between crop plants and their insect pests. This research has been undertaken from a behavioural ecology and chemical ecology approach. Currently Rehan is employed as a Research Fellow, carrying out behavioural and field ecology experiments on the Queensland Fruit fly.



Silva R & Furlong MJ (2012) Diamondback moth oviposition: effects of host plant and herbivory. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 143: 218-230.

Zalucki MP, Shabbir A, Silva R, Adamson D, Shu-Sheng L & Furlong MJ (2012) Estimating the economic costs of one of the world’s major insect pests, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae): just how long is a piece of string? Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 1115-1129.

 Silva R, Furlong MJ, Wilson LJ & Walter GH (2013) How predictable are the behavioural responses of insects to herbivore induced changes in plants? Responses of two congeneric thrips to induced cotton plants. PLoS ONE 8: e63611.

 Silva R, Walter GH, Wilson LJ & Furlong MJ (2014) Responses of Thrips tabaci to odours of herbivore-induced cotton seedlings. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 151: 239-246.

Ang GCK, Silva R, Maxwell SL, Zalucki MP & Furlong MJ (2014) Contrary effects of leaf position and identity on oviposition and larval feeding patterns of the diamondback moth. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 151: 86-96.

Silva R, Walter GH, Wilson LJ & Furlong MJ (2016) Effect of the postfeeding interval on olfactory responses of thrips to herbivore-induced cotton plants. Insect Science 23: 881-892.

Silva R, Walter GH, Wilson LJ & Furlong MJ (2017) Effects of single and dual species herbivory on the behavioral responses of three thrips species to cotton seedlings. Insect Science. Insect Science 24: 684-698.

Hereward J, Hutchinson JA, McCulloch GA, Silva R & Walter GH (2017) Divergence among generalist herbivores: the Frankliniella schultzei species complex in Australia (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Arthropod-Plant Interactions 11: 875-887.

 Silva R, Hereward JP, Walter GH, Wilson LJ & Furlong MJ (2018) Seasonal abundance of cotton thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) across crop and non-crop vegetation in an Australian cotton producing region. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 256: 226-238.

Etebari K, Afrad MH, Tang B, Silva R, Furlong MJ & Asgari S (2018) Involvement of microRNA miR-2b-3p in regulation of metabolic resistance to insecticides in Plutella xylostella. Insect Molecular Biology 27: 478-491.

Furlong MJ, Ang GCK, Silva R, Zalucki MP (2018) bringing ecology back: how can the chemistry of indirect plant defenses against herbivory be manipulated to improve pest management? Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 1436.

Silva R, Clarke AR (2019) The “sequential cues hypothesis”: a conceptual model to explain host location and ranking by polyphagous herbivores. Insect Science. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12719.