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The aim of this PhD project is to evaluate how insect pests are managed in forestry and find ways to improve Integrated Pest Management (IPM) within the industry.
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a coordinated, ecosystem-based strategy that aims to prevent, detect and control insect pests in order to enhance forest yields whilst reducing negative environmental impacts.
This research will assess current pest management practises, gather information on forest manager knowledge and attitudes, and identify methods that could be adapted or improved. An IPM evaluation metric will also be developed and tested to help identify knowledge gaps and direct future research.
This 6 year part-time PhD project started in September 2020.
Katrina Dainton is undertaking this PhD as part of her role as a Research Entomologist at Forest Research.
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