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New entomologist joins Agassiz RDC


October 26, 2016
By Agassiz RDC

Oct. 26, 2016, Agassiz, B.C. – Dr. Paul Abram joined the Agassiz RDC in August 2016. Dr. Abram brings with him 11 years of expertise in the ecology and biological control of insect pests.

Dr. Abram obtained his PhD from the University of Montreal, after obtaining a master’s degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, and an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston.

His earlier research has primarily focused on the behavioural ecology of insect parasitoids and its application to biological control.

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He is a member of the Entomological Society of Canada and the International Organization for Biological Control.
 
Dr. Abram’s research at the Agassiz RDC will focus on biological control strategies for spotted wing drosophila (SWD), the brown marmorated stink bug, as well as a variety of insect pests of greenhouse vegetable production.

The work will involve a wide variety of organic and conventional crops, including berries, greenhouse and field vegetables, ornamental plants, and tree fruits.


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