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1989 …2020

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Professor Gurr is well known internationally for his work on applied insect ecology and developing ecologically-based strategies to combat pests.

Work over the last three decades has spanned biological control of insect pests, plant defence, insect-vectored plant pathogens, chemical and molecular ecology.  His chief contribution has been to develop strategies for promoting the activity of natural enemies of pests and simultaneously delivering other ecosystem services. These methods are used on increasing numbers of farms, particularly in Asia. The work has been the subject of two of the three books for which he was senior editor and multiple papers with more than 100 citations each including a very highly influential (952 cites) Annual Review of Entomology paper. He has held Australian Research Council funding continuously since 2007 and is currently about to commence leading his fourth project for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, this valued at over $1.5M.

Professor Gurr has collaborated widely in Australia and overseas. He has held visiting professor positions at the University of Sydney, Zhejiang University and, currently, at Lincoln University (New Zealand) and Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University (FAFU). The latter is now supported by a $1.8M dollar 'Thousand Talents' fellowship. Work at FAFU culminated recently in the publication of the diamondback moth genome in Nature Genetics while other work in Asia on rice pest management is about to be published in Nature Plants.

Research Interests

  • Applied insect-plant ecology
  • Biological control of pests
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Insect vector-phytoplasma-plant interactions
  • Developing country cropping systems

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Research Output

Advances in conservation biological control and habitat management in IPM

Mkenda, P. A., Pandey, S., Johnson, A. C. & Gurr, G., 2020, Integrated management of insect pests: Current and future developments. Kogan, M. & Heinrichs, E. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, Vol. 2. p. 451-480 30 p. (Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science).

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Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) selectively attracts and enhances the performance of Cotesia vestalis, a parasitoid of Plutella xylostella

Chen, Y., Mao, J., Reynolds, O. L., Chen, W., He, W., You, M. & Gurr, G. M., 15 Apr 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 6447.

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    Fungal Endophyte Communities of Crucifer Crops Are Seasonally Dynamic and Structured by Plant Identity, Plant Tissue and Environmental Factors

    Chen, J., Akutse, K. S., Saqib, H. S. A., Wu, X., Yang, F., Xia, X., Wang, L., Goettel, M. S., You, M. & Gurr, G. M., 15 Jul 2020, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 11, p. 1-13 13 p., 1519.

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    Knowledge gaps among smallholder farmers hinder adoption of conservation biological control

    Mkenda, P. A., Ndakidemi, P. A., Stevenson, P. C., Arnold, S. E. J., Darbyshire, I., Belmain, S. R., Priebe, J., Johnson, A. C., Tumbo, J. & Gurr, G. M., 03 Jan 2020, In : Biocontrol Science and Technology. 30, 3, p. 256-277 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 1 Visiting an external organisation

    Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University

    Anne Johnson (Visiting researcher) & Geoffrey Gurr (Visiting researcher)

    11 Mar 201716 Mar 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external organisationAcademic

    Press / Media

    Faces behind dung beetle breeding

    Geoffrey Gurr

    13/07/20

    2 items of Media coverage

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    Scientists trace origin of one of agriculture's worst pests

    Geoffrey Gurr

    17/05/2018/05/20

    11 items of Media coverage

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    Study tracks down origin of major agricultural pest

    Geoffrey Gurr

    15/05/20

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Scientists track down origin and spread of diamondback moth

    Geoffrey Gurr

    15/05/20

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Impacts

    Harnessing ecological expertise to develop novel pest management approaches

    Geoffrey Gurr (Creator)

    Impact: Economic Impact, Environmental Impact, Public policy Impact, Social Impact

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