ESQ general meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the Ecoscience Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane (see maps below). There is no need to sign in to the ground floor Seminar Room 1.

There is some street parking available with a two-hour limit and good public transport options. Visitors are welcome.

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logoJune: General Meeting

Date & Time: 8 August 2017 at 1pm

Business will include:

Paul Ebert from the University of Queensland will present a seminar entitled "Looking to the past, monitoring the present, securing the future: Resistance to the grain fumigant phosphine".

Details: The fumigant phosphine has been used extensively since the 1980s to protect the vast majority of our grain harvest from insect pests. Since the international ban on methyl bromide use for all but quarantine purposes as of 2005, our grain storage system has essentially been dependent on a single molecule for insect control. Strong resistance to phosphine was discovered in 1997 in Millmerran, Queensland. I became aware of the problem in 1999 and thus began a long and productive collaboration with the Queensland Department of Agriculture (DAF) and Fisheries. This work led to the identification of 2 primary genetic factors that are responsible for strong resistance in every outbreak, in every grain pest species on every continent that we have examined. We have used this knowledge to develop a high-throughput resistance monitoring system that we have deployed across the eastern grain-growing regions of Australia and across India as well. We are now deploying this resistance monitoring system at central grain storage facilities in Queensland to determine the effects of standard pest management practices on the resistance allele frequency. We have used our identification of the resistance genes to explore the mechanism of action of phosphine. We have used our understanding of the action of phosphine to identify soluble compounds and gases that synergistically enhance the toxicity of phosphine. Understanding the molecular basis of the synergistic interaction has now become the primary focus of my laboratory. Our goal is to be proactive and to continue to work closely with DAF, so that we are prepared for resistance problems that might eventuate in future.

All welcome! Join us after the meeting for tea and coffee.

Location: Seminar room, Ground Floor, Ecosciences Precinct Boggo Road, Dutton Park

Visitors welcome!

logoJuly: Visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource's biosecurity laboratory at Brisbane airport

Date & Time: 18 July 2017, 4pm

A unique opportunity to visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource's biosecurity laboratory at Brisbane airport! The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resource's Operational Science Services (OSS) operates a biosecurity laboratory at Brisbane airport. The OSS group contributes to the Department's biosecurity objectives through diagnosing intercepted pests (invertebrates, plant diseases and plants/seeds) and providing biosecurity risk mitigation advice and training to biosecurity officers. Bill Crowe and Tony Robinson have offered members of the ESQ a unique opportunity to view this facility and hear about its valuable work. Numbers limited. Contact Mark Schutze to register an expression of interest.

BugCatch :

“Bug-Catch” is a program of collecting trips run by the Entomological Society of Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency. The object of the trips is to utilise the specialist insect collecting and identification skills of Society members to assist DERM to compile lists of invertebrates for protected areas (National Parks, Forest Reserves, State Forests, etc). Members are asked to supply lists of species collected, and these are included by DERM in their faunal databases.

Past Bug-Catches have been held at Bribie Island National Park, Koala Bushlands Burbank, Beerwah State Forest, Franke Scrub, D'Aguilar National Park and most recently at Stockyard Creek.

The latest BugCatch: November 2016.

Springbrook BugCatch weekend: November 19-20: Springbrook Plateau. Springbrook is a high wet tableland lying between Lamington and the Gold Coast and is about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane on good roads. We were guests of the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society at their Ankida property which has several hundred hectares of rainforest with running creeks and waterfalls. Report coming soon.

Stockyard Creek BugCatch January 2016 Report...

During the Stockyard Creek BugCatch weekend, Geoff Monteith and Kathy Ebert ran a workshop for ESQ members and local landholders on how to survey dung beetles. Landowners and some ESQ members trapped dung beetles in the district and all catches were later combined and sorted in Brisbane. These BugCatch results, when combined with the rest of the survey, resulted in almost 4000 specimens of 35 different species from 60 different sample sites. All species were photographed and the data were used to plot detailed distribution maps for each species. The overall report gives valuable feedback to the local landowners on the diversity on their properties, as well as giving them the opportunity to see the benefits of participating in a collaborative scientific survey exercise. The results of the survey are available at the following link:

A survey of the dung beetles from the Upper Lockyer Valley (70MB)

Crohamhurst BugCatch November 2015 Report....

Mt Glorious BugCatch September 2014 Report...

Mt Mee BugCatch March 2014 Report...

Franke Scrub BugCatch October 2013 Report...

Other external events and conferences

3rd Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium
June 4–8, 2017
Madrid, SPAIN

The 5th International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases
May 22-26, 2017
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. or

Joint Congress between the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
23-27 June 2017, Portland, OR

3rd BioSyst.EU meeting
August 15–18, 2017
University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN

16th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
20-25 August 2017
Groningen, the Netherlands

IV International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology (ICIM4)
18-23 August 2017
Moscow State University, Moscow, RUSSIA