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Researcher: Ireson, J (Dr John Ireson)

Fields of Research

Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Evolutionary biology
Population ecology
Environmental management
Animal production
Biological control
Agronomy
Genetics
Terrestrial ecology
Invertebrate biology
Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Animal reproduction and breeding
Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Animal systematics and taxonomy

Research Objectives

Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Environmentally sustainable animal production
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
Other environmental management
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Other plant production and plant primary products
Other animal production and animal primary products
Sheep for wool
Pacific Peoples community services
Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Browse crops
Terrestrial biodiversity
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments

Career Best Publications

Biology of Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its effectiveness in controlling ragwort (Senecio jacobaea L.) in Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Effectiveness of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) (Acarina: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in north western Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Further investigations into the efficacy of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) (Acarina: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Entomology
Host testing, establishment and biology of the gorse soft shoot moth, Agonopterix umbellana (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae), a potential biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Australia; Biological Control
Oviposition of the ragwort flea beetle, Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), in relation to the phenology of ragwort, Senecio jacobaea L. (Asteraceae); Biological Control
Phenology and development of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus Haliday (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Tasmania; Biological Control
The impact of the gorse spider mite, Tetranychus lintearius, on the growth and development of gorse, Ulex europaeus; Biological Control
Weeds of pastures and field crops in Tasmania : economic impacts and biological control; Technical Series No 13, CRC for Australian Weed Management

Research Publications

Jacobaea vulgaris Gaertn.- Ragwort; Biological Control of Weeds in Australia
Lasofinius gen. n. (Collembola: Tomoceridae) from Tasmania and re-examination of Neophorella dubia Womersley (Tomoceridae; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Ulex europaeus L. - Gorse; Biological Control of Weeds in Australia
A community biological control program for boneseed in Tasmania
A global view of the future for biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus; International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
A re-examination of the distribution of the pasture snout mite, Bdellodes lapidaria (Kramer.) (Acari: Bdellidae) and the lucerne flea, Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
A review of the Chrysanthmoides monilifera biological control program in Australia: 1987-2005; Plant Protection Quarterly
Activity and pest status of surface active Collembola in Tasmanian field crops and pastures; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Adult feeding and oviposition preferences of the ragwort flea beetle Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) on ragwort Senecio jacobaea L., from Australia and the Netherlands; 34th Australian Entomological Society/6th Invertebrate Biodiversity & Conservation Combined Conference
An overview of biological control of weeds in Tasmania; 13th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
An overview of investigations into the use of predatory mites to control the lucerne flea Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae), in Tasmanian Pastures; Congress of Acarology, Proceedings of the 10th International Congress
An overview of the establishment, distribution and efficacy of biological control agents for ragwort, Senecio jacobaea L., in Tasmania; Twelfth Australian Weeds Conference
Application for approval of the release of gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus Haliday, for the biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus L
Application for approval of the release of gorse pod moth, Cydia succedana (Denis and Schiffermüller), a potential biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L
Application for approval of the release of the gorse soft shoot moth, Agonopterix ulicetella (Stainton), a potential biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L
Attempted establishment of the black boneseed beetle, Chrysolina sp. in Tasmania for the biological control of boneseed; National Workshop on Chrysanthemoides monilifera
Attempts to establish biological control agents for boneseed in Tasmania; Thirteenth Australian Weeds Conference
Attempts to establish the boneseed leaf buckle mite in Australia for the biological control of boneseed; 18th Australasian Weeds Conference
Biological control; In: Gorse National Best Practice Manual
Biological control of Cape broom: Cape Broom Psyllid
Biological control of English broom: Broom gall mite
Biological control of gorse through community management programmes. Final Report to the Natural Heritage Trust
Biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus L. in Australia: Where to next?; First Tasmanian Weeds Conference
Biological control of gorse: gorse seed weevil
Biological control of gorse: gorse soft shoot moth
Biological control of gorse: gorse spider mite
Biological control of gorse: gorse thrips
Biological control of horehound using the horehound plume moth
Biological control of lucerne flea, Sminthurus viridis (L.), with a regionally adapted biotype of the spiny snout mite, Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer); Second National Workshop on Redlegged Earth Mite, Lucerne Flea and Blue Oat Mite
Biological control of ragwort (Senecio jacobaea L.) in Australia; X International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Biological control of ragwort using the leaf and crown boring moth
Biological control of ragworth with the ragwort plume moth
Biological Control of Weeds
Biological control of weeds in Tasmania with particular reference to ragwort; TCT-TFGA Nature Conservation Conference
Biology and key to the Australian species of Hypogastrura and Ceratophysella (Collembola: Hypogastruridae); Austral Entomology
Biology of Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its effectiveness in controlling ragwort (Senecio jacobaea L.) in Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Cinnabar moth - a possible biological control agent for ragwort
Collembola of the Southern Australian Culture Steppe and urban environments: A review of their pest status and keys to identification; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Community Implementation of Biological Control of Weeds across South-eastern Australia
Current status of biological control agents for Tasmanian Weeds
Desiccation and egg viability of the ragwort flea beetle, Longitarsus flavicornis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); Biocontrol Science and Technology
Effectiveness of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) (Acarina: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in north western Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Establishment and dispersal of the ragwort plume moth, Platyptilia isodactyla (Zeller), for the biological control of ragwort in Tasmania
Establishment and redistribution of Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) for the biological control of ragwort (Senecio jacobaea L.) in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Entomology
Factors influencing the release and establishment of weed biological control agents; Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference, Queensland Weeds Society
Further investigations into the efficacy of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) (Acarina: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Entomology
Gorse pod moth
Gorse spide mite
Gorse thrips
Host specificity and impacts of Platyptilia isodactyla (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) a biological control agent for Jacobaea vulgaris (Asteraceae) in Australia and New Zealand; 13th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Host specificity testing, release and successful establishment of the broom gall mite (Aceria genistae) in Australia and New Zealand for the biological control of broom (Cystius scoparius); 13th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Host specificity, establishment and dispersal of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus Haliday (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Australia; Biological Control
Host specificity, release, and establishment of the gorse spider mite, Tetranychus lintearius Dufour (Acarina: Tetranychidae), for the biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Australia; Biological Control
Host testing of the gorse pod moth for the biological control of gorse in Australia
Host testing, establishment and biology of the gorse soft shoot moth, Agonopterix umbellana (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae), a potential biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Australia; Biological Control
Improving release strategies to increase the establishment rate of weed biological control agents; 14th Australian Weeds Conference
Introduction and monitoring of gorse biological control agents using community groups
Introduction and monitoring of gorse biological control agents using community groups
Introduction and Monitoring of Gorse Biological Control Agents Using Community Groups Stage 2
Introduction and Monitoring of Gorse Biological Control Agents using Community Groups Stage 3
Monitoring host specificty of field populations of the ragwort plume moth (Platyptilia isodactyla) and the ragwort stem and crown boring moth (Cochylis atricapitana) in Tasmania: Observations on Senecio quadridentatus
Observations on the Biology and Behaviour of Homoeosoma farinaria Turner (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on Senecio jabobaea L., in Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
Optimal release strategy for gorse thrips in Australia
Oviposition of the ragwort flea beetle, Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), in relation to the phenology of ragwort, Senecio jacobaea L. (Asteraceae); Biological Control
Pastures - winter rainfall: weed biological control agents; In: Pests of field crops and pastures: identification and control
Phenology and development of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus Haliday (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a biological control agent for gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae), in Tasmania; Biological Control
Phytotoxicity of methyl bromide fumigation to a range of apple cultivars; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
Post-harvest disinfestation of apples of light-brown apple moth epiphyas-postvittana; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
Pre-adult development of Phytoseiulus persimilis on diets of Tetranychus urticae and Tetranychus lintearius: implications for the biological control of Ulex europaeus; Experimental and Applied Acarology
Preliminary observations on the efficacy of entomopathogenic fungi for control of the lucerne flea, Sminthurus viridis (L.) and the redlegged earth mite, Halotydeus destructor (Tucker); National Workshop on Redlegged Earth Mite, Lucerne Flea and Blue Oat Mite
Preliminary observations on the ragwort flea beetle (Longitarsus jacobaeae); Australian Weeds
PRJ-006910 RIRDC - Biological Control of Weeds in South-Eastern Australia
Progress on the Biological Control of Gorse (Ulex europaeus) in Australia; Proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Progress on the biological control of lucerne flea (Sminthurus viridis (L.) with the spiny snout mite (Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) in Tasmania; National Workshop on Redlegged Earth Mite, Lucerne Flea and Blue Oat Mite
Progress on the introduction rearing and release of the ragwort plume moth, Platyptilia isodactyla, for the biological control of ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, in Australia; XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Progress on the rearing, release and establishment of the horehound plume moth, Wheeleria spilodactylus (Curtis), for the biological control of horehound in Tasmania; Plant Protection Quarterly
Progress on the rearing, release and establishment of the gorse spider mite, Tetranychus lintearius Dufour, for the biological control of gorse in Australia; Twelfth Australian Weeds Conference
Ragwort flea beetle
Redistribution and establishment of Neomolgus capillatus (Kramer) Acarina: Bdellidae) for the biological control of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Entomology
Redistribution and establishment of gorse spider mite
Redistribution of the gorse soft shoot moth, Agonopterix umbellana (Fabricius), for the biological control of gorse in Australia; 19th Australasian Weeds Conference
Release and establishment of the ragwort plume moth Platyptilia isodactyla (Zeller) - a new biological control agent for ragwort in Tasmania
Soil characteristics in relation to the long-term efficacy of the biological control agent, the ragwort flea beetle (Longitarsus flavicornis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)) in Australia; Biological Control
Survival of larvae of the ragwort flea beetle, Longitarsus flavicornis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), in water-logged soil; Biocontrol Science and Technology
Susceptibility of the collembolan Sminthurus viridis to the insect parasitic nematodes Neoaplectana bibionis and Heterorhabditis heliothidis; Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Tasmanian Pasture and Forage Pests - Identificaiton, Biology and Control; Department of Primary Industry and Water
Tasmanian Pasture Pests - Identification and Control; Government Printer
The effectiveness of Bdellodes lapidaria (Kramer (Acari: Bdellidae) as a predator of Sminthurus viridis (L.) (Collembola: Sminthuridae) in north-west Tasmania; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
The efficacy of biological control agents of gorse, Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae). In: Pilkington, L.J. (Ed); Australia and New Zealand Biocontrol Conference
The identity and immature stages of Patagoniodes farinaria (Turner) comb. n. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae) in Australia and New Zealand; Journal of the Australian Entomological Society
The impact of gorse thrips, ryegrass competition and simulated grazing on the establishment and growth of gorse seedlings; 34th Australian Entomological Society/6th Invertebrate Biodiversity & Conservation Combined Conference
The impact of gorse thrips, ryegrass competition, and simulated grazing on gorse seedling performance in a controlled environment; Biological Control
The impact of the gorse spider mite, Tetranychus lintearius, on the growth and development of gorse, Ulex europaeus; Biological Control
The influence of host plant genotype on variation in population densities of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), and its consideration in relation to release strategies; Biocontrol Science & Technology
The phenology and impact of the gorse seed weevil, Exapion ulicis, on gorse, Ulex europaeus, in Tasmania; Biological Control
The role of natural enemies in regulating populations of biocontrol agents on gorse (Ulex europaeus L); 14th Australian Weeds Conference
Weeds of pastures and field crops in Tasmania : economic impacts and biological control; Technical Series No 13, CRC for Australian Weed Management
Weedwatch - trialing biological control strategies to control invasive weeds. Final Report to the Natural Hertitage Trust
What are the key factors affecting the efficacy of the ragwort flea beetle in its control of ragwort?; 12th Australian Weeds Conference Weed Management into the 21st Century: Do we know where we're going
What are the key factors affecting the efficacy of the ragwort flea beetle?; Australian Entomological Society 30th AGM and Scientific Conference 'Insects in the Australian Environment'
Worth the risk? Introduction of legumes can cause more harm than good: an Australian perspective; Australian Systematic Botany

Research Projects

A European Survey for Potential Biological Control Agents of Gorse; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Biological Control of Gorse Through Community Management Programs; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Biological Control of Horebound in Tasmania; CRC for Weed Management Systems (CRCWM)
Biological Control of Weeds in South-Eastern Australia; AgriFutures (AgFut)
Community Implementation of Biological Control of Weeds across South-eastern Australia; Australian Government Natural Resource Management (AGNRM)
CRC for Australian Weed Management; Department of Industry, Tourism & Resources (DITR)
Dispersal of the Ragwort Plume Moth, Platyptilla Isodactyla (Zeller), for the Biological Control of Ragwort in Tasmania; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Factors Affecting Establishment and Efficacy of Ragwort Flea Beetle, Longitarus Flavicornis (Stephens), in the Biological Control of Ragwort in Tasmania; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Factors Influencing the Efficacy of Biological Control Agents for Gorse; CRC for Australian Weed Management (CRC AWM)
Host Testing of the Gorse Pod Moth, Cydia succedana, for the Biological Control of Gorse in Australia; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Introduction and Monitoring of Gorse Biological Control Agents Using Community Groups; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Introduction and Monitoring of Gorse Biological Control Agents Using Community Groups Stage 2 (and Stage 3 proposed for funding Sept 05); Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Introduction and Monitoring of Gorse Biological Control Agents Using Community Groups Stage 3; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Promoting Sustainable Farm Practices with Weed Bio-Control Agents; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Release and Establishment of the Ragwort Plume Moth, Platyptilia Isodactyla (Zeller) - A New Biological Control Agent for Ragwort in Tasmania; DairyTas (DAIRYTAS)
Tasmanian Strategic Boneseed Program: Community Extension Biological Control; Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas)

Research Candidate Supervision

Factors affecting establishment and efficacy of ragwort flea beetle, Longitarsus flavicornis (Stephens), in the biological control of ragwort, Senecio jacobaea L., in Tasmania
Plant - Insect Interactions
The Efficacy of Biological Control Agents of Gorse, Ulex europeaus L., in Tasmania