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I am currently working in the department of Applied Biosciences at Macquarie University. In my role at the institute, I have developed a platform for monitoring and tracing the origins of invasive insect incursions into Australia. I am interested in population genetics and how we can use modern genomic and multi-omics approaches to solve pressing issues that affect agricultural production and food sustainability.
Incursions of the Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni (Qfly) into areas without permanent Qfly populations present serious threats to the Australian and New Zealand horticultural industries. Identifying the origins of recent incursions will help reduce future threats by enabling the targeting of problematic incursion routes for more stringent qu...
Background The highly polyphagous Queensland fruit fly ( Bactrocera tryoni Froggatt) expanded its range substantially during the twentieth century and is now the most economically important insect pest of Australian horticulture, prompting intensive efforts to develop a Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) control program. Using a “common garden” approac...
The Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni, is a major pest of Australian horticulture which has expanded its range in association with the spread of horticulture over the last ~ 150 years. Its distribution in northern Australia overlaps that of another fruit fly pest to which some authors accord full species status, Bactrocera aquilonis. We have...
I am planning on doing a GWAS study to look at phenotypic variation, and I am not sure if not having a reference genome to do the annotation of the SNP would affect the results of the GWAS.