Jessica M. BikaunWestern Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development · Sustainability and Biosecurity
Jessica M. Bikaun
BSc (Hons); PhD Candidate
Project Officer (Bees), WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
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Citations since 2017
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I am currently finishing my PhD with the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products at the University of Western Australia, which investigated volatile biomarkers for American foulbrood to develop a non-invasive, "beehive breathalyser" diagnostic device. Since 2021, I have enjoyed working as a Project/Bee Biosecurity Officer for the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Honey bees provide essential environmental services, pollinating both agricultural and natural ecosystems that are crucial for human health. However, these pollination services are under threat by outbreaks of the bacterial honey bee disease American foulbrood (AFB). Caused by the bacterium, Paenibacillus larvae, AFB kills honey bee larvae, convert...
Climate change is generating an intensification of extreme environmental conditions, including frequent and severe droughts  that have been associated with increased social conflict in vertebrates [2-4], including humans . Yet, fluctuating climatic conditions have been shown to also promote cooperative behavior and the formation of vertebrate...
Poster presented at the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Montreal Sept 8-12 2019
All social insects with obligate reproductive division of labour evolved from strictly monogamous ancestors, but multiple queen-mating (polyandry) arose de novo in several evolutionarily derived lineages. Polyandrous ant queens are inseminated soon after hatching and store sperm mixtures for a potential reproductive life of decades. However, they c...
A poster of my PhD project that I presented at the 2018 European Congress of Apidology (EurBee) in Ghent, Belgium
I'm looking for a way to create a nice figure of my GC-MS data so I can label important peaks in the sample. It's incredibly simple, I'm just looking to plot the TIC abundance against retention time. I'm working with Agilent directory .D files. I can view this TIC~RT graph in MassHunter Qualitative Navigator, but the lines are incredibly thin and not publication worthy.
If you have any tips on how to either customise (e.g. thicken the lines) and export the TIC image from MassHunter I would be grateful. I have ChemStation and the other programs in the MassHunter suite and would also be happy to use an open source program. Any advice is welcome!
I am researching molecular-based honey bee disease diagnostics in Western Australia, aiming to improve biosecurity practices and disease management.