Humayra Akter

Humayra Akter
South Australian Research and Development Institute | SARDI · Entomology

PhD (Biology: Entomology)
Fruit Fly Entomologist, Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia

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Introduction
Research entomologist with 17-years work experience in fruit fly and other insects research. Has been engaged in planning, designing, and conducting fruit fly research in Australia for 7 years. Has expertise in implementing insect pest management programs for insects using biological, nuclear and biotechnological approaches.

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Raspberry ketone (RK) supplements provided together with sugar and yeast hydrolysate accelerate sexual maturation and increase mating success of Queensland fruit fly ('Qfly') males. However, the mechanisms underlying this enhanced mating ability are currently unknown. Volatiles are an important element of Qfly sexual calling and courtship and so ch...
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Tephritid flies released in sterile insect technique pest management programs are usually marked with fluorescent dyes so that they can be distinguished from wild flies in monitoring traps. Dyes can have adverse effects on emergence, quality, and survival, which can impact sterile insect technique (SIT) success, and so it is important to identify d...
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Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni Froggatt (Qfly) (Tephritidae), Australia’s most economically damaging fruit fly, infests more than 100 hosts including many commercially important crops. Control of this pest is based on insecticides, bait sprays, male annihilation technique (MAT), and in some regions sterile insect technique (SIT). SIT can b...
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Sterile insect technique (SIT) is an environmentally benign pest management technique that relies on released sterile male insects mating with, and curtailing reproduction of, wild females. However, for species with high mortality rates and long adult maturation phases, a large proportion of the released insects can die before maturing and so fail...
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Raspberry ketone (RK) dietary supplements accelerate the emergence of sexual behaviour in developing Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) males and show promise as a pre-release supplement for use in sterile insect technique (SIT) programs. However, the value of RK supplements in SIT programs would be greatly reduced if RK-treated males are ineffective at...
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Tephritid fruit flies are amongst the most damaging insect pests of horticulture globally. Some of the key fruit fly species are managed using the sterile insect technique (SIT), whereby millions of sterile males are released to suppress reproduction of pest populations. Male annihilation technique (MAT), whereby sex specific lures are used to attr...
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Background: Raspberry ketone (RK) is highly attractive to sexually mature, but not immature, males of many Bactrocera species, including Queensland fruit fly ('Qfly', Bactrocera tryoni), and acts as a metabolic enhancer in a wide diversity of animals. We considered the possibility that, as a metabolic enhancer, RK in adult diet might accelerate se...
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Aedes aegypti is a cosmopolitan urban mosquito that causes dengue every year in Bangladesh. The present study was carried out to observe the sensitivity level of immature stages of A. aegypti mosquito to gamma irradiation. Different developmental stages of A. aegypti were exposed to a series of irradiation doses in Co60 gamma source to observe sens...
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The bacteria in fruit flies alimentary tract have been known in advantages in their biology of the insect hosts. Different biochemical, gram reaction and motility tests was performed to identify the mid-gut bacterial community of laboratory host reared pumpkin fly, Bactrocera tau (Walker) (Diptera:Tephritidae). Colony characterization of the isolat...
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A considerable amount of tomato is damaged after harvest every year (20-30% annually) which has impact on the total vegetable production in Bangladesh. Gamma irradiation doses of 250, 500 and 750 Gray (Gy) were analyzed compared to those of unirradiated ones on 1st, 8th and 13th day of irradiation stored at 4, 12 and 25°C to observe whether it coul...
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The aim of the present research work was to observe the host suitability of Cucurbitaceae and Solanaceae family in respect to the pupal number and percent adult emergence of melon fly. An open choice oviposition method was applied to the melon fly Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) in a cage containing six different vegetables of the family Cucurbi...
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Experiments were conducted to study the effect of gamma radiation on larvae of silkworm for increased production of silk. Irradiated larvae showed an increase in cocoon shell weight compared to unirradiated ones. The highest percentage (17.50%) of silk increased was recorded at 5 Gy in fourth instar larvae and the lowest 0.62% at 6 Gy in the third...

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I need several wash without removing/damaging eggs , so need such a tiny device with appropriate mesh size so that small amount of chemical could be used to avoid wastage. Approximately 100 eggs will be washed at a time.Any help will be appreciated!!

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