David Taylor

Entomology Masters Candidate

David Taylor

Office: 2007B, Second Floor, Life Science Building 

BSc, Ichthyology & Entomology, Rhodes University (2017)
BSc (Hons) Entomology, Rhodes University (2018)

Thesis title: Selection for resistance to Crytophlebia leucotreta granulovirus and Cryptophlebia peltastica nucleopolyhedrovirus in Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).

Supervisors: Prof. Martin Hill, Dr. Sean Moore, Prof. Caroline Knox, Dr. Michael Jukes

I was always the one on school outings away from the group picking up rocks to see what lived underneath and telling anyone that would listen everything I knew about any plant we came across. While this might not have set me up to be the most popular kid in school, it was certainly obvious I was going to study biology from a very early age. Martin Hill’s introduction to entomology in first year sealed the deal and the subject quickly became my favourite. I grew up on a fruit farm and so agricultural biological control was an obvious field for me and I have loved doing my projects in this field so far. I am currently seeing whether false codling moths can become resistant to two different viruses, one of which is already in use in the field.

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