A/Prof. Paul Umina

Research interests

Insect ecology and management

Our research focuses on sustainable pest control and insecticide resistance. Working closely with industry, we help develop new tools to combat insect pests, preserve biodiversity and improve biosecurity efforts.

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Integrated pest management
  • Insecticide resistance
  • Invasion ecology
  • Biocontrol

Research projects

  • Investigating the role of knowledge types in pest management decision-making. Often, research projects are not undertaken for a sufficient timeframe to allow for an adequate assessment of project impact by extension professionals. This project will undertake a systematic investigation of extension activity impacts and map effective approaches to creating lasting adoption of farming practices.
  • Predicting migration cues in aphids. A range of triggers influence migration in crop aphids, ranging from plant phenology to climatic cues. This project would conduct experiments and collect field observations to improve our capacity to understand and predict aphid flights.
  • Understanding the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides in Australian agriculture. This project could combine field-based trials, laboratory experimentation and economic analysis to understand the true costs of neonicotinoids on soil biology, invertebrate communities and farmer profitability

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