|Helen I Battle Professor
Biological & Geological Sciences 3066
The main thrust of my research programme is to understand the reproductive strategies of insects that migrate in response to either predictable or unpredictable habitat change. The research is multidisciplinary in nature, looking at the behavioural and ecological aspects, as well as using physiological and molecular approaches to understand the mechanisms controlling the reproductive biology in species where mate location and mate choice are modulated by sex pheromones. I am also interested in different aspects of plant-insect and host-parasitoid interactions that involve chemical cues (infochemicals). I have generally chosen to work on pest species, or their natural enemies, as model research systems. This allows us to not only address basic questions in reproductive biology but also to generate data that may be used in the development of more environmentally rational approaches to insect control.
Hurley, J., H. Takemoto, J. Takabayashi and J. N. McNeil. The importance of host plant volatiles in the sexual reproduction of the potato aphid, Macrosiphum euphorbiae. In press. Insects 2014, 5, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/insects50x000x
Unbehend, M., S. Hanniger, G. M. Vasques, M. L. Juarez, D. Reisig, J. N. McNeil, R. L. Meagher, D. A. Jenkins, D. G. Heckel and A. T. Groot. 2014. Geographic variation in sexual attraction of Spodoptera frugiperda corn- and rice-strain males to pheromone lutres. PLoS ONE 9:e89255.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089255
Pellegrino, A. C., M. F. G. V. Peñaflor, C. Nardi, W. Bezner-Kerr, C. G. Guglielmo,, J. M. S. Bento, J. N. McNeil..2013. Weather forecasting by insects: Modified sexual behaviour in response to atmospheric pressure changes.:PLoS One 8(10), 1-5
Wingsanoi, A., N. Siri and J. N. McNeil. 2013.The Susceptibility of different pepper varieties to infestation by the Malaysian fruit fly, Bactrocera latifrons (Hendel) (Diptera: Tephritidae). J. Econ. Entomol.106, 1648-52
Crawford, L.A., D. Koscinski, K. M. Watt, J. N. McNeil and N. Keyghobadi. 2013. Mating success and oviposition of a butterfly is not affected by non-lethal tissue sampling. J. Insect Conserv. DOI 10.1007/s10841-013-9566-8