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2nd Paper for Shahrima

The second paper from Shahrima’s thesis has now been accepted into the Journal of Economic Entomology. Tasnin, M. S., R. Silva, K. Merkel, and A. R. Clarke. 2020. Response of Male Queensland Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) to Host Fruit Odors. Journal of Economic Entomology.

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Dr Mahat

A very big congratulations to Kiran Mahat, who can now officially call himself Doctor after receiving the award confirmation letter from the university a few days ago!  Kiran’s PhD was on the abundance, distribution and biology of two fruit fly natural enemies, the parasitoid wasps Fopius arisanus and Diachasmimorpha kraussii.  He…

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First paper for Shahrima

Shahrima has achieved a great milestone with the first paper from her PhD now formally in press. The paper provides insights into changes of olfactory response in Bactrocera tryoni over time for both sexes. Tasnin, M. S., K. Merkel, and A. R. Clarke. 2020. Effects of advanced age on olfactory response of male and female Queensland fruit…

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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,…

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Fruit flies to Padua

As a guest lecturer to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Plant Health, Tony recently presented a 8 hr master class at the University of Padua on Dacini as invasive organisms and the role of global regulatory plant health in limiting fruit fly invasions.  The Universita di Padova is the second oldest university in the world, and…

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Farewell to Katharina

The lab says a sad farewell to Katharina, whose contract unfortunately finishes with the calendar year.  Katharina started with the lab in August 2016, appointed through a HIA/CSIRO/QUT contract to work on the Rural R&D4P Area-wide fruit fly project, and was co-located between QUT and CSIRO until the end of 2018.  During 2019 Katharina…

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Student presentations at the AES conference

Shahrima and Shirin, two of our PhD students, will be presenting some of their exciting results at the Australian Entomological Society 50th AGM & Scientific Conference that will be held in Brisbane during the first week of December. Shahrima will be presenting in the Ecology and Interaction session, “Population demographic of Queensland…

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Congratulations Melissa!

Melissa attended the American Entomological Society meeting in St Louis this week where she presented findings from her PhD project and was awarded second place in the student competition for her section, a great achievement!

Rehan off to China

Rehan Silva is travelling to Hangzhou, China for the 10th Conference of Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists (APACE). He will present his current research findings at the “Understanding the mechanism and behavioural ecology of olfaction for improved control of fruit fly pests” symposium – ‘Olfactory learning and memory in the…

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Melissa off to Purdue University

Melissa is heading off to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA where she will spend 2 months completing the analysis for one of her chapters under the guidance of Stephen Cameron. Her analysis will investigate the links between fruit fly evolution and host use. Melissa will then present her findings at the American…

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Bon Voyage Jaye

Jaye is on her way to Montpellier, France where she will be attending the Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling (MISS-ABMS). Here she will be learning the graphical conceptual modelling UML language and how to implement individual-based models using the GAMA platform. After attending the summer school, Jaye…

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