Staff Profile

Dr Max Suckling
Science Group Leader, Biosecurity

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Dr Max Suckling


BSc (Hons), Zoology, Massey University, New Zealand
Diploma, Biotechnology (Dist), Massey University, New Zealand
PhD, Entomology, Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Research Interests & Activities

Insect eradication; Insect chemical ecology; Host plant recognition and female moth attractants for leafrollers, codling moth and other species; Pheromones and other semiochemicals for monitoring pest or invasive insects and biocontrol agents.

International Collaboration

USDA Technical Working Group, light brown apple morth eradication, novel socially acceptable eradication technologies
Cooperative Research Centre on Plants Biosecurity Sterile Insect technique and other technologies, DAFWA, SARDI, DPI
International Atomic Energy Agency Working Group, Sterile Insect Technique for Lepidoptera
National Center for Ecological Application and Synthesis, Forest Insect Eradication Working Group
Cooperators at USDA ARS, USDA APHIS, DAFWA, DPI Victoria, SARDI, University of Queensland, Linneaus University. Councillor, Asia Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists (2001-2009)
Scientific Programme Committee, International Congress of Entomology (Brisbane, 2004)
Convenor, Chemical and Physiological Ecology and Behaviour, Int. Cong. Entomology (Brisbane, 2004)
International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (Governing Board, 2004-2007)

Honours & Awards

2003 Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ
2012 Plant & Food Research Chairman's Award for Excellence (pheromone commercialisation)
2011 OECD Fellowship (USDA ARS, Montpellier, France)
2006 OECD Fellowship (visit to USDA ARS, Hilo)
2003 HortResearch Chairman’s Award for Excellence (Painted Apple Moth Eradication)
2003 OECD Fellowship (with Kye Chung Park, Penn. State Univ.)
2003 Ernst & Young Executive Course
2002 ISAT Award
2000 MORST Institute of Directors Award
1999 Trimble Award
1999 Int. Plant Protection Congress Award
1998 British Crop Protection Council Senior Travel Bursary
1996 C. Alma Baker Fellowship
1996 Lincoln University Foundation Award
1995 Italian Fruitgrowers Award
1994 Swedish Travel Award
1990 C. Alma Baker Trust Award
1990 NZ Commemorative Medal for Excellence in Science

Key Publications

Brockerhoff EB, Suckling DM, Kimberley M, Richardson B, Coker G, Gous S, Kerr JL, Cowan DM, Lance DR, Strand T, Zhang A 2012. Aerial application of pheromones for mating disruption of an invasive moth as a potential eradication tool. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43767. E
l-Sayed, A. M., V. J. Mitchell, L. A. M. Manning, and D. M. Suckling. 2011. New sex pheromone blend for the lightbrown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 640-646.
Jurgens A, Sciligo A, Witt T, El-Sayed AM, Suckling DM 2012. Pollinator-prey conflict in carnivorous plants. Biological Reviews 87: 602-615. Kean, J. M., D. M. Suckling, L. D. Stringer, and B. Woods. 2011. Modeling the sterile insect technique for suppression of light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 1462-1475.
Suckling DM, Stringer LD, Corn JE, Bunn B, El-Sayed AM, Vander Meer RK 2012. Aerosol delivery of trail pheromone disrupts the foraging of red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Pest Management Science 68: 1572-1578.
Suckling DM, Stringer LD, Stephens AEA, Woods B, Williams DG, Baker G, El-Sayed AM tbc. From IPM to integrated pest eradication: Technologies and future needs. Pest Management Science. In press
Suckling DM, Twidle AM, Gibb AR, Manning LM, Mitchell VJ, Sullivan TES, Wee SL, El-Sayed AM 2012. Volatiles from apple trees infested with llght brown apple moth larvae attract the parasitoid Dolichogenidia tasmanica. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 60: 9562-9566.
Suckling DM, Walker JTS, Clare GK, Boyd Wilson KSH, Hall C, El-Sayed AM, Stevens PS 2012. Development and commercialisation of pheromone products in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection 65: 267-273.


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