Our group works on a range of molecular and computational projects to improve insect pest control and understand pest biology. Research focuses the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, a worldwide pest of brassica crops (cabbage, broccoli, canola) and horticultural pests Drosophila suzukii and Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni.
We also use the model insect Drosophila melanogaster for hypothesis testing and functional genetic experiments.
Simon Baxter is a lecturer in genetics and leads an Insect Pest Biology group in the School of BioSciences. His research group aims to develop strategies for effective control of economically import insect pests using a combination of population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and genetic manipulation. Simon has a Bachelor of Science form Monash University, a PhD in Genetics from the University of Melbourne and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge, then became a Ramsay Fellow and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Adelaide .
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A flavin-dependent monooxgenase confers resistance to chlorantraniliprole in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella
Mark Mallott, Sarah Hamm, Bartlomiej J Troczka, Emma Randall, Adam Pym, Charles Grant, Simon Baxter, Heiko Vogel, Anthony M Shelton, Linda M Field, Martin S Williamson, Mark Paine, Christoph T Zimmer, Russell Slater, Jan Elias, Chris Bass
Journal article | 2019 | Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, is a damaging pest of cruciferous crops, and has evolved resistance to many of the inse..
Senior Lecturer In Genetics (Insect Pest Control)
University of Melbourne