Michael Jukes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Office: Lab 425, Dept. Biochemistry & Microbiology

MSc, Rhodes University (2015)
PhD, Rhodes University (2018)

Michael Jukes is a Post-Doctoral fellow having recently completed his doctorate in microbiology. His research focusses on the discovery and evaluation of insect viruses in agricultural pests and products. This involves the isolation of insect viruses from agricultural insect pests (such as the Potato Tuber Moth or False Codling Moth) and commercial biological pesticides to develop new biological control methods and to better understand current control methods. Once a virus is isolated, it is identified using morphological and genetic techniques. A successfully isolated and identified virus undergoes laboratory testing to determine its efficacy against the insect pest with highly virulent isolates undergoing further evaluation. The primary aim of Michael’s work is to further our collective understanding of viruses in the baculovirus family which will allow for the development of commercial biopesticides and greater control of agricultural pests is South Africa.

Research Interests
  • Insect viruses
  • Microbiology
  • Biopesticides
  • Genetics
Recent Publications

Jukes, M.D., Rabalski, L., Knox, C.M., Hill, M.P., Moore, S.D. and Szewczyk, B., 2017. Baculovirus synergy: mixed Alphabaculovirus and Betabaculovirus infections for the control of Thaumatotibia leucotreta in South Africa. IOBC-WPRS Working Group "Microbial and Nematode Control of Invertebrate Pests” bulletin, under review.

van der Merwe, M.; Jukes, M.D.; Rabalski, L.; Knox, C.; Opoku-Debrah, J.K.; Moore, S.D.; Krejmer-Rabalska, M.; Szewczyk, B.; Hill, M.P. 2017. Genome Analysis and Genetic Stability of the Cryptophlebia leucotreta Granulovirus (CrleGV-SA) after 15 Years of Commercial Use as a Biopesticide. International journal of molecular science, 18(11), pp 2327. IF 3.226

Jukes, M.D., Motsoeneng, B.M., Knox, C.M., Hill, M.P. and Moore, S.D., 2016. The comparative analysis of complete genome sequences from two South African betabaculoviruses: Phthorimaea operculella granulovirus and Plutella xylostella granulovirus. Archives of virology, 161(10), pp.2917-2920. IF 2.255

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