Paul Grundy joins Toowoomba team

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Dr Paul Grundy has joined the Field Crops Ento­mol­o­gy team in Toowoom­ba as Senior Ento­mol­o­gist. Paul has moved to Toowoom­ba from Ayr where he was involved in eval­u­at­ing the via­bil­i­ty of cot­ton pro­duc­tion in the Bur­dekin.

Pri­or to his time in the Bur­dekin, Paul was based in Biloela. Dur­ing his 7 years in Cen­tral Queens­land, Paul was involved in research relat­ed to the eval­u­a­tion of biopes­ti­cides; trap crop­ping, nat­ur­al ene­my research and the eval­u­a­tion of Mag­net® (moth attrac­tant) as a resis­tance man­age­ment tool for Heli­cov­er­pa in Boll­gard II cot­ton. Whilst in CQ, Paul was also involved in research to devel­op the eco­nom­ic thresh­olds for Heli­cov­er­pa in chick­pea, in con­junc­tion with Meli­na Miles.

Dur­ing the Sil­ver­leaf White­fly out­break in Cen­tral Queens­land, Paul worked with Richard Sequeira and Dave Kel­ly to sup­port the cot­ton indus­try in devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing man­age­ment strate­gies. Con­sul­tants on the Downs may be famil­iar with Paul from his vis­its to the Downs dur­ing the SLW out­break in 2006/07, pro­vid­ing advice on appro­pri­ate man­age­ment tac­tics.

As part of the Ento­mol­o­gy team, Paul has respon­si­bil­i­ty for R, D and E for both cot­ton and grains. He brings exper­tise in cot­ton pro­duc­tion, insect pest man­age­ment in cot­ton, bio­log­i­cal con­trol (his PhD focussed on the rear­ing and use of assas­sin bugs in IPM) and gen­er­al field crops ento­mol­o­gy.

Con­tact Paul at DEEDI in Toowoom­ba on:  4688 1533, 0428 929172 or  [email protected]

                      Paul finds Dave Murray’s over­alls are big ones to fill