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Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group

1. Introduction

Arthropod ecology and biological control research group (AEBC) is a research group funded by Ton Duc Thang University. Sustainable growth requires the rapid development of safer agricultural practices and there is an urgent need to promote the production of healthy food while limiting the negative impact of excessive use of pesticides. Alternative solutions to chemical pest control (microbial agents, predators and parasitoids) should be preferred, but there is still considerable lack of knowledge in order to implement such solutions. Further research in agroecology, plant-arthropod interactions and applied entomology is essential to improving biological control strategies either directly or through the manipulation of pests and their natural enemies.

2. Mission and vision

The mission is to increase our knowledge on the ecology and behavior of common pests of crops grown in Europe and in South East Asia and their natural enemies. This knowledge will serve as a basis for the development of alternative methods of crop protection such as biological control. The emphasis will be put on the study of (1) plant odors (Volatiles Organic Compounds “VOCs”) and their effect on pests and natural enemies’ behavior, (2) multitrophic interactions in plant-inhabiting mites, and on (3) the efficacy of entomopathogenic fungi against selected pests. Potential methods of pests and natural enemies’ manipulation will be implemented using behavior bioassays, field trials and electrophysiological techniques.

3. Research topics

• Identification of plant volatiles VOCs and understanding of their use to manipulate arthropods in a multitrophic context.

• Improvement of biological control agents’ use (parasitoids, predators and entomopathogenic fungi).

• Implementation of agroecological methods to detect pest outbreaks, to develop push-pull strategies, and overall to reduce insecticides’ use.

4. Current members

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Dr. Rostislav Zemek

Positions:

• Head of Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

• Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Areas of expertise: Agricultural acarology and entomology, Ecology and behaviour of mites and insects, Antagonistic interactions and their application in biological control.

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Dr. Andrey Kovalchuk

Position: Member of Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Areas of expertise: Hydrobiology, Zoology, Protistology, Conservation biology

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Dr. Yen-Po Lin

Position: Member of Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Areas of expertise: Taxonomy, Systematics and Phylogenetics; species delimitation; Coccidology; molecular identification of scale insect pests; interactions between insect herbivores and their host-plants; evolution of parthenogenetic pests

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Dr. Sing Kong Wah

Position: Member of Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Areas of expertise: Biodiversity and Ecology, Entomology, DNA barcoding

5. Former members (name, title, picture)

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Dr. Arnaud Costa

Positions: Former of Arthropod Ecology and Biological Control Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

6. Publications (ISI or Scopus only)

3. Rostislav Zemek, Jana Konopická, Andrea Bohatá (2018); Inoculation of sphagnum-based soil substrate with entomopathogenic fungus Isaria fumosorosea (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae);  AIP Conference Proceedings (ISI & Scopus).

2. Nazila Honarparvar, Mohammad Khanjani, Rostislav Zemek, Naser Bouzari (2018); Susceptibility of sweet and sour cherry cultivars/genotypes to feeding damage caused by Bryobia rubrioculus (Acari: Tetranychidae); Systematic and Applied Acarology (ISI).

1. YEN-PO LIN, HIROTAKA TANAKA, LYN G. COOK (2017); A newly recognised species that has been confused with the global polyphagous pest scale insect, Coccus hesperidum Linnaeus (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Coccidae); Zootaxa, Vol. 4320 (3), pp. 571-591 (ISI).

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