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Recent PhD submission: Sitaram Aryal

We would like to congratulate Fruit Fly ITTC student Sitaram Aryal for recently submitting his PhD thesis at Western Sydney University!

Thesis title: Characterisation of entomopathogenic nematodes and their symbiotic bacteria across eastern Australia and their potential in controlling Queensland fruit fly

"My research includes a detailed survey and identification of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) and their related bacteria from eastern Australia and provides the first comprehensive genetic characterization of this Australian diversity. This also comprises assays to test their virulence, persistence and the effect of temperature on survival and virulence of EPNs against Bactrocera tryoni to identify species with commercial potential. In general, the target was to acquire EPN isolates with high reproductive potential, high virulence, and long persistence. With this fundamental information, it is hoped that better management strategies are obtained for the significant pest B. tryoni."

Photo: Sitaram Aryal at Western Sydney University after submitting his PhD thesis (Source: Sitaram Aryal).