Development of biopesticide for crop pest control
Biocontrol expert with more than 20 years of experience in the development of biopesticides and IPM strategies in agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. Technology innovator with more than 70 research publications and invited speaker in biopesticides conferences.
Expertise include: production, formulation and application of biological control and integrated pest management of insect and vectors i.e. using predators, parasitoids, entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi and insect ecology and behaviour. Developed combined use of biocontrol agents with reduced rate of chemical insecticides, provide higher pest control and significantly reduced use of pesticides. Extensive experience in strategic R&D planning, operational management, business and technology development.
Biopesticide product development
Commercialisation and Knowledge Transform
de Souza, J.I., Gleason, F.H., Ansari, M.A., Lastra, C.C.L, García, J.J., Pires-Zottarelli, P.L.A., Marano, A.V. (2013). Fungi and fungal-like symbionts of midges and blackflies: the concept of metapathosystem. Fungal Biology Reviews, 2 8: 13-23.
Ansari, M.A., Shah, F.A. & Butt, T.M. (2008). Combined use of entomopathogenic nematodes and Metarhizium anisopliae as a new approach for black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Coleoptera: Cur.) control. Entomol. Exp. Appl., 129: 340-347.
Ansari, M.A., Carpenter, S., Schulte, E-J., Pope, E.C., Butt, T.M. (2011). Entomopathogenic fungus as a biological control for an important vector of livestock disease: the Culicoides biting midge. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16108.
Institute of Life Science 1
Swansea University, Singleton Park
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