HIE Research Seminar

Event Name
HIE Research Seminar
Date
17 November 2014
Time
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location
Hawkesbury Campus

Address (Room): L9.G.21 (Lecture Theatre)

Description

Professor Bourtzis The Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL) of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture performs R&D activities towards the development and application of environment-friendly strategies for the control of selected agricultural pests and disease vectors. During the last three decades, the laboratory has developed, validated and transferred technologies in support of area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) programs that include an SIT component against (a) major tephritid fruit fly pests, such as the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata as well as many Bactrocera and Anastrepha species, (b) tsetse species such as Glossina austeni, G. pallidipes and G. palpalis gambiensis vectoring trypanosomes, the causal factor of the human disease "sleeping sickness" and the animal disease "nagana", and (c) moth species such the codling moth Cydia pomonella. The main mandate of the IPCL is to develop (a) economic methods for the mass-rearing of pest insects (b) quality control, management procedures and protocols to ensure the production of highly competitive insects for release (c) methods for the handling, transport, release and irradiation of insects, and (d) methods for sex separation using genetic (classical and transgenic), chemical or mechanical means. Special importance is given to studies on the mating behaviour, sexual competitiveness and compatibility of the reared insects in a semi-field environment. In addition to the applied research carried out at the IPCL, the laboratory is a key driver in the development and maintenance of international research networks through the mechanism of Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs). These projects unite researchers of developed and developing countries to address a common problem in a coordinated way over a period of 5-6 years. The currently active and/or upcoming CRPs focus on tsetse trypanosome interactions, mosquito genetic sexing strains, fruit fly species complexes, fruit fly symbiosis, development and / or improvement of fruit fly and moth SIT strains. In this presentation, a summary of the IPCL R&D activities on these areas will be reported as well as the opportunities provided in the frame of the Joint FAO/IAEA CRPs for the establishment of strong international research collaborations to address the major challenge of the control of important agricultural pests and disease vectors. In addition, I will present work carried out in the Genetics Group towards the exploitation of insect associated microbiota in insect mass rearing and the population control of pests and disease vectors. ile soil and freshwater resource. The seminar will be followed by drinks and nibbles in the R2 Eucalypt Meeting Room. All welcome!

Speakers: Professor Kostas Bourtzis

Web page: http://www.uws.edu.au/hie/events_and_seminars/hie_seminars

Contact
Name: Dr Markus Riegler

m.riegler@uws.edu.au

Phone: 45701229

School / Department: HIE