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Hardie, D.C. (B. App. Sci., BSc Hons; PhD (Adel)) - Darryl is the Entomologist in charge of the Invertebrate Pest Monitoring Unit (IPMU) and a Grain Legume Entomologist. The IPMU currently monitors for incursions of Queensland fruit fly, papaya fruit fly, codling moth, oriental fruit moth and European wasp. Darryl is involved in field pea and chickpea breeding through CLIMA and supervises a GRDC funded project to identify seed compounds conveying resistance in wild peas to the pea weevil.
Darryl joined the Agency as a Technical Officer in 1975 and worked on the
disinfestation of export fruit. He developed skill in rearing fruit flies, controlling
horticultural pests, fumigation/cold storage procedures for fruit. Darryl completed an
undergraduate degree which included a revision of the parasites and predators of fruit
flies and was involved with the eradication of Mediterranean
fruit fly from Carnarvon using the Sterile Insect Technique. He completed an honours
project in 1984 which studied the evidence of a niche shift between two blowfly species.
Darryl also has broadacre entomology experience with several important species including
pea weevil, vegetable weevil, budworm, and regretably hay-itch
mite. In 1989 Darryl was awarded a GRDC Postgraduate Scholarship and with support from
the Agency went on study leave to the University of Adelaide to investigate resistance to
the pea weevil in Pisum species. Darryl returned to the Agency in 1992 and was
promoted to Entomologist and has recently been coordinating pest monitoring and
eradication. Darryl has attended the GRDC special course on the use and application of DNA
markers in plant breeding and supervises the use of the Gammacell 220 irradiator.
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