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New entomologist joins DAF pulse team

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Williams is DAF’s new entomologist ready to work with mungbean growers and agronomists to tackle existing and emerging insect problems.


29 November, 2015

Source: GRDC


“Out of left field”, “Something I thought would never happen”, “Much needed investment for the future of grains/pulse entomology” !!!  These are some of the comments made by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Senior Entomologist Mr Hugh Brier after the recent appointment (2 November 2015) at Kingaroy of new entomologist, Dr Elizabeth Williams (Liz to her friends and colleagues). Liz’s appointment is very special as she is the first grains entomologist to be appointed in DAF since 2006.

Hugh said that Liz’s position was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) new Building Research Capacity Project DAQ00194 for the next 3 years (till June 30 2018). During this time she will be heavily involved in GRDC’s Northern Grains IPM Project DAQ00196 in a range of crops, and will be mentored by Hugh Brier at Kingaroy.

He said while Liz’s entomological experience to date has been in a different field, she brings with her fresh ideas and perspective, a passion for insect identification and photography, and a passion to switch to entomology with a strong field crop and applied focus.

Liz has a rural upbringing and consequently relates well to consultants, industry associations and growers. Already she has travelled to attend the GRDC CQ roadshows in Biloela and Theodore and a major Australian Mungbean Association end of year meeting. Liz will also be attending pre-season soybean and mungbean grower meetings at Bundaberg and Maryborough in mid-December.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding insect management in mungbeans you can email Liz or call her on 07 4160 0718 or 0428 323 408.