Managing pests and disease
Fundamental research into the physiology, behaviour and evolution of pests and diseases is increasing our understanding of their emergence and persistence. This has important applications in agriculture and conservation. Knowledge gains in areas including the impacts of environmental variation on host-parasite dynamics and the role of pathogens in the survival of tropical rainforest tree seedlings, is feeding into solutions for sustainable agriculture and guiding the regeneration of tropical rainforests.
Professor Mike Siva-Jothy has applied 15 years of bed bug research to assist the Environment Protection Agency of the USA in setting new regulations and standards for the control of bed bugs.