Garry McDonald

Garry McDonald, Research Fellow

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Garry has been a research and extension entomologist with the Victorian DPI for 22 years, working initially on mosquito and ant ecology /management, and subsequently on integrated pest management (IPM) and biological control strategies for a range of pests of horticulture, field crops and pastures. Some focal pests of particular interest included Helicoverpa spp. (native budworm and corn earworm), Leucania and Persectania spp. (armyworm), Agrotis spp. (cutworm), pasture cockchafers, Nysius vinitor (Rutherglen bug) and earth mites.

Since 1996, Garry assumed broader administrative roles as Director, Rutherglen Research Institute, subsequently Research Director of DPIs Landscape Systems Sciences Platform, and more recently Director of Swinburne University’s National Centre for Sustainability. In this capacity, he was a Board Director for the Energy Efficiency Council for two years.

Garry joined PEARG in mid-2012 in a part time capacity to undertake research aimed at developing pest forecasting models for the key pests of the crop establishment phase of Australian grain crops – Halotydeus destructor (redlegged earth mite) and Sminthurus viridis (lucerne flea). The modelling focus on developing predictions of both the timing of outbreaks, and their relative severity. He is also the Executive Officer for the Grains Pest Advisory Committee, a national science advisory group for the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Current Projects

  • National Coordination of Invertebrate Pest Research and Insecticide Resistance Management, and the Grains Pest Advisory Committee


Publications (recent)

Macfadyen, S., McDonald, G., Hill, M. P., (2016). From species distributions to climate change adaptation: Knowledge gaps in managing invertebrate pests in broad-acre grain crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.

McDonald, G., Umina, P. A., MacFadyen, S., Mangano, P., and Hoffmann, A. A. (2015). Predicting the timing of first generation egg hatch for the pest redlegged earth mite Halotydeus destructor (Acari: Penthaleidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology 65: 259-276 DOI 10.11007/s10493-014-9876-x