Dr Lloyd Stringer
Entomologist, Plant & Food Research
Dr Lloyd Stringer is an entomologist in the Biosecurity Group at Plant & Food Research. He works with an extensive national and international network of researchers to understand the smell, sound, and sight-based conversations being had in nature in order to develop sustainable tools for pest management and eradication in various landscapes.
Lloyd’s current research is on developing new tools to detect and eradicate key insect threats such as Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug), Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing Drosophila) and Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly). With low environmental impact, these tools will be ensure New Zealand maintains market access in the wake of biosecurity incursions with low-residue premium produce.
Novel Pest Management
Lloyd will discuss research into such things as the use of sound to manage pests in crops and to lure insects to traps, as well as the use of self-reporting traps to improve response times to new incursions or to monitor pest pressure thresholds. He’ll also provide an update on some of the insect pests that are threats to NZ’s productive and natural areas and how they are being managed overseas.