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Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Bioscience

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Name
Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Bioscience
Discipline *
Microbiology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Ecology
Phone
+61 7 3138 8062
Fax
+61 7 3138 2330
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Imperial College, London), BA (University of Oxford)

Keywords

Agricultural biotechnology, Baculovirus, Biopesticides, Crop protection, Entomopathogenic fungi, Food security, Integrated pest management, Invertebrate pathology, Microbial ecology, Microbiome

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research Areas: Microorganisms in food production. Our group conducts original research in the biology, ecology and commercial use of microorganisms in agriculture. Current projects include:

  • Development, production and formulation of commercial biopesticides and inocula
  • The diversity and ecology of microbes in the insect and rhizospheric microbiome
  • Mathematical models of invertebrate pathogen dynamics
  • The application of pathogens in insecticide resistance management

We collaborate with commercial partners and agricultural industries to develop and use biopesticides and plant inocula in integrated pest management strategies. Recent work has had a significant impact in reducing the use of chemical insecticides in partnership with commercial companies, with international registration of new biopesticides and establishment of a successful new manufacturing company.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell.

Experience

Summary

Project leader with 25 years’ experience in leading successful research in agriculture, tropical forestry & integrated pest management in Africa, Central America, S.E. Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific.
Specialities
- Team leadership, program & project management, facilitation, and planning.
- Research & development in agriculture, tropical forestry & integrated pest management.
- Development, use & registration of microbial biopesticides.

Experience

2011Present
Research Areas: Sustainable food production and microbial ecology. The Invertebrate Microbiology group conducts original research in the biology, ecology and commercial applications of microorganisms in sustainable food production. Current projects include: – The diversity and ecology of microbes in the insect microbiome – Mathematical models of pathogen dynamics and their role in evolution – Development, production and formulation of new biopesticides for the grains industry (funded by GRDC) We collaborate with leading Australian and international researchers, and work with commercial partners and agricultural industries to develop and use biopesticides in integrated pest management strategies.

Associate Professor

Charles Sturt University

20102011
Research on pest management strategies and commercial development and registration of biopesticides.

Principal Scientist

Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries

 19992010
Team leader in development of biopesticides and their integration into farming systems, resulting in registration and commercial production of three new baculovirus products, and proof of concept for fungal pathogens to control sucking pests (aphids, mirids, whitefly). I developed new adjuvants for microbial insecticides (registered in 2010). I led research on pathogens for control of diamondback moth, thrips, Rutherglen bug, pentatomids, mango and sweet potato weevils, and painted apple moth (a pest incursion in New Zealand). I advised on production and quality control systems for a new company producing microbial insecticides. I led strategic and project planning for government and researchers in Australia and Vietnam and developed and led the diagnostics program for the CRC for Plant Biosecurity. With the Queensland Government International Collaborations Unit I helped to develop a government funding program for collaborative research with India and China.

Post-doctoral Researcher

Edinburgh University

 19961999
Led international research in pest management and silviculture in tropical hardwood plantations in Sri Lanka and developed guidelines for mahogany plantation establishment and management. Involved extended in-country work in Sri Lanka, for the UK Department of International Development (DFID, formerly ODA).

Post-doctoral Researcher

Oxford University

19941996
Led original research on pest management and silviculture in tropical hardwood plantations. Involved extensive work in Ghana, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Solomon Islands for the UK DFID.

Scientific Officer

Natural Environment Research Council

19891994
Conducted original research on risk assessment and pathology of genetically modified (GM) baculoviruses in insects under a European Union Framework project. Conducted original research on molecular and biological characterisation of baculoviruses and the host range and cross infection patterns of new viral isolates of insect pests.

Research Assistant

National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Leon

19881989
Conducted original research and extension on insect pathology and microbial control in integrated pest management in cotton and food crops, including identification of new microbial control agents.

Consultant Entomologist

Novo Industria/s

March 1987December 1988 (1 year 10 months) Quality control for Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell.

Publications


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
New technology for stored grain pest management
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT00005
Start year
2012
Keywords
Biocontrol; Food-Security; Grains; Insecticide-Resistance; Microbiology
Title
A new biopesticide for Diamondback Moth management in canola
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT00004
Start year
2012
Keywords
Biotechnology; Ecology; International; Modeling; Pests