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Zolile Maseko

Entomology Doctoral Candidate

 Phone: 071 742 9400

Email: zolylmaseko@gmail.com

 BSc (Hons) National University of Science and Technology (2012)

MSc Entomology- Rhodes University (2016)

Thesis title

The impact and distribution of two populations of Eccritortasus species on the alien invasive weed, Eichhornia crassipes in South Africa.

Supervisors: Prof. Martin Hill, Prof Julie Coetzee and Dr Iain Paterson

Zolile Maseko is a PhD candidate with the Biological Control Research Group, Rhodes University. He is currently working on the invasive alien weed, water hyacinth and how it is impacted by two populations of a cryptic species, Eccritotarsus species, part of the group of control agents released against it to date. His research entails mapping the distribution of the two species across South Africa and how these insects impact water hyacinth wherever they have established. Furthermore, the study will encompass investigations into the competition between these two species as they utilize the same resource. This study will therefore provide essential data to assess the performance of these two species in the field.

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