Robin Gardner-Gee

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The quantity and chemical composition of honeydew produced by scale insects may influence wider community structure, but little is known about the detailed chemical composition of the honeydew found in forest ecosystems. We used gas chromatography–mass spectrometry to examine the amino acid and carbohydrate composition of honeydew from three New Zealand(More)
Honeydew is abundant in many ecosystems and may provide an alternative food source (a buffer) for pollinators during periods of food shortage, but the impact of honeydew on pollination systems has received little attention to date. In New Zealand, kānuka trees (Myrtaceae: Kunzea ericoides (A. Rich) Joy Thompson) are often heavily infested by the endemic(More)
Bactericera cockerelli (tomato potato psyllid, TPP) is a serious pest of potato crops, causing feeding damage and also vectoring Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, the causal agent of the Zebra Chip (ZC) disease in potatoes. The results of 6 years of early and main crop potato trials at Pukekohe, New Zealand, are summarised and damage caused by TPP is(More)
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