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The Caterpillar Conundrum on ScopeTV with Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

University of Adelaide PHD student, Erinn Fagan-Jeffries has recently been featured on science-based show – Scope TV. Erinn is researching a group of parasitoid wasps that could help to reduce caterpillar numbers and boost food crops across the country. She has enlisted the help of citizen scientists to breed caterpillars and if wasps are found […]

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Barcoding Wasps: Using DNA to Quickly Discover and Document Species

Guest post by Adelaide University PHD Student Erinn Peta Fagan-Jefferies There are a predicted 600,000 species of plant and animal in Australia, but only 30% have been formally documented and named. Taxonomy, the science of describing new species, is normally a slow process – but with so many species waiting to be documented, can we somehow […]

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Podcast: Gut contents reveal wasps’ favourite caterpillars

FameLab winner, Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, from the University of Adelaide describes how wasps can be used to save crops from attack by caterpillars in her winning presentation, which is now available as a podcast on ABC radio national. Wasps make perfect agents for biological control. Parasitic wasps choose specific caterpillars to lay their eggs, then when the […]

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