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Recent PhD submission: Jason Shadmany

Jason Shadmany has recently submitted his PhD thesis at Macquarie University, congratulations!


Thesis title: Polyandry and paternity in the Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae)

"My thesis explored some fundamental post-copulatory sexual selection processes in the Qfly including pattern of sperm storage and use by twice-mated females. Novel methodologies were used and developed to explore these processes. Moreover, a novel methodology for sperm quantification was developed which dramatically enhanced the accuracy and ease of sperm quantification from female’s spermathecae. Finally, rate of polyandry in wild populations of the Qfly was estimated. This will help to improve the efficiency of Sterile Insect Technique against this pest".

Jason is now officially under examination, we wish him all the best for the completion of his PhD!



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