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Associate Professor Michael Keller

Telephone +61 8 8313 7222
Position Associate Dean (International)
Email mike.keller@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 7109
Building Waite Building
Floor/Room GN 05
Campus Waite
Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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Biography/ Background

Mike Keller is an entomologist who joined the University of Adelaide in 1987. His research largely focuses on insect natural enemies and their role in biological control of insect pests. Research on predators and parasitic wasps aims to provide ecological strategies for the enhancement of biological control in agricultural systems through a combination of experimental and theoretical advances. In addition, he contributes to research on the domestication of blue-banded bees for pollination of vegetable seed crops.

Mike's lab group currently includes:

* Dr. Katja Hogendoorn (ARC Postdoc) - Behaviour, ecology and management of native bees, and biology and ecology of artrhopod natural enemies 

* Chris McIntyre (PhD student supported by Horticulture Australia Ltd.) - Evaluation of key predators in vegetable brassica crops

 

* Feng Yi (PhD student supported by the China Scholarship Council, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, and the University of Adelaide) - Why do so few parasitoids attack light brown apple moth on grape vines

 

* Arthur Selwyn Mark (PhD student supported by the University of Adelaide) - Sexual floral dimorphism and bee foraging behaviour on dioecious Solanum species

* Maryam Yazdani (PhD student supported by the University of Adelaide) - Mechanisms that influence the response of Dolichogenidea tasmanica to changing densities of Epiphyas postvittana

* Ahmad Chatha (PhD Student supported by the University of Adelaide) - Quantifying the role of predators for pest control in Brassica crops

* Kay Anantanawat (PhD Student supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and the University of Adelaide) - The use of biological control agents in resistance management of Helicoverpa species

* Mary Retallack (PhD Student supported by the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, the University of Adelaide, and a C. J. Everard Scholarship) - evaluating native insectary plant species to boost beneficial arthropod species in vineyards.

* Wang Tao "Tom" (PhD student supported by the China Scholarship Council, and the University of Adelaide) - Biology, behaviour and ecology of Eretmocerus warrae.

* Kala Bhandari (PhD student, collaborating with SARDI) - The functional significance of gut-bacteria in three fruit fly species

 

 

Qualifications

BA (Biology) and BSc (Entomology), The University of Delaware 1978

MSc (Entomology), The University of Florida 1980

PhD (Entomology), North Carolina State University 1985

Teaching Interests

Biology (Evolution), Pest Management, Biosecurity, Viticulture, Teaching Methology and Curriculum Development

Publications

Harvey, D., T.-F. Lu, and M. A. Keller. 2008. Comparing insect-inspired chemical plume tracking algorithms using a mobile robot. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Robotics, in press [accepted 9 Jan 2008]

*Hosseini, R., O. Schmidt and M. A. Keller. 2008. Factors affecting detectability of prey DNA in the gut contents of invertebrate predators: a polymerase chain reaction-based method. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 126(3): 194-202.

Hosseini, R., M. A. Keller, O. Schmidt, and V. W. Framenau. 2007. Molecular identification of wolf spiders (Araneae : Lycosidae) by multiplex polymerase chain reaction. Biological Control 40 (1): 128-135.

Hogendoorn, K., S. Coventry S, and M. A. Keller. 2007. Foraging behaviour of a blue banded bee, Amegilla chlorocyanea in greenhouses: implications for use as tomato pollinators Apidologie 38 (1): 86-92.

Carne-Cavagnaro, V. L., M. A. Keller, and G. H. Baker. 2006. Soil moisture and soil type influence the breeding behavior of the pest snail Cernuella virgata (da Costa). Applied Soil Ecology 33 (3): 235-242.

Hogendoorn, K., C. L. Gross, M. Sedgley and M. A. Keller. 2006. Increased tomato yield through pollination by native Australian Amegilla chlorocyanea (Hymenoptera : Anthophoridae). Journal of Economic Entomology 99 (3): 828-833.

Roberts, H. L., M. Keller and O. Schmidt. 2006. An empirical model of the sympatric coexistence of two strains of the endoparasitoid wasp Venturia canescens. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 61(3): 184-194.

Tenhumberg, B., G. Siekmann and M. A. Keller. 2006. Optimal time allocation in parasitic wasps searching for hosts and food. Oikos 113 (1): 121-131.

Gurr, G. M., S. D. Wratten, J. Tylianakis, J. Kean and M. Keller. 2005. Providing plant foods for insect natural enemies in farming systems: balancing practicalities and theory. Pp. 326-347 In F. L. Wackers, P.C.J. van Rijn and J. Bruin (eds.), Plant-Provided Food for Carnivorous Insects: a protective mutualism and its applications. Cambridge University Press.

Ma, J., D. Li, M. Keller, O Schmidt and X. Feng. 2005. A DNA marker to identify predation of Plutella xylostella (Lep., Plutellidae) by Nabis kinbergii (Hem., Nabidae) and Lycosa sp. (Aranaea, Lycosidae). Journal of Applied Entomology 129(6): 330-335.

Wang, X.G. and Keller, M.A. 2005. Patch time allocation by the parasitoid Diadegma semiclausum (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). II. Effects of host density and distribution. Journal of Insect Behavior 18 (2): 171-186.

Wang, X.G., and M. A. Keller. 2004. Patch time allocation by the parasitoid Diadegma semiclausum (Hymenoptera : Ichneumonidae). III. Effects of kairomone sources and previous parasitism. Journal of Insect Behavior 17(6): 761-776.

Wang, X. G., J. Duff, M. A. Keller, M. P. Zalucki, S. S. Liu and P. Bailey. 2004. Role of Diadegma semiclausum (Hymenoptera : Ichneumonidae) in controlling Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera : Plutellidae): Cage exclusion experiments and direct observation. Biocontrol Science and Technology 14 (6): 571-586.

Siekmann, G, M. A. Keller and B. Tenhumberg. 2004. The sweet tooth of adult parasitoid Cotesia rubecula: Ignoring hosts for nectar? Journal of Insect Behavior 17 (4): 459-476.

Keller, M. A. 1999. Understanding host selection behaviour: the key to more effective host specificity testing. pp. 105-116 In T. M. Withers, L. Barton Browne and J. Stanley (eds.), Host specificity testing in Australasia: towards improved assays for biological control. CRC for Tropical Pest Management, Brisbane.

Keller, M. A., and B. Tenhumberg. 1999. New insights into the foraging behaviour of parasitic wasps. pp. 247-257 In A. D. Austin and M. Dowton (eds.), Hymenoptera: Evolution, Biodiversity and Biological Control. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Victoria, Australia.

Keller, M. A. 1990. Responses of the parasitoid Cotesia rubecula to its host Pieris rapae in a flight tunnel. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 57: 243-249.

Professional Interests

The behaviour and ecology of parasitic wasps and predatory arthropods that serve as agents of biological control.

Biological control of insect pests and weeds.

Pollination biology.

Mike also contributes to the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesAgriculture & Farming, Environment
ExpertisePlant protection (insects and weeds); biological control; integrated pest management; insect behaviour; pest control; weeds; pollination
NotesBoard Memberships: Eyre Penninsula Agricultural Research Foundation

Entry last updated: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014

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