Dr Michael Furlong

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliated Associate Professor

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Overview

My research focuses on the biological control and integrated management of insect pests. Understanding the ecological and biological relationships between insects and their natural enemies (pathogens, parasitoids and predators) and the interactions between these natural enemies is fundamental to effective biological control and is central to my research. Strategies which manipulate natural enemies to enhance their impact on pest populations are under development, examples include

  • Integration of biological stressors and fungal entomopathogens for improved control of insect pests
  • Reduced insecticide inputs combined with the provision of adult food sources to enhance endemic parasitoid performance
  • Utilizing inducible plant defences to manipulate pests and improve the effectiveness of natural enemies.

Externally funded research projects concentrate on the development of sustainable pest management strategies for insect pests in developing countries. In Indonesia the structure and function of the natural enemy complexes attacking the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) and the cabbage cluster caterpillar (Crocidolomia pavonana) are being determined. In Samoa the biology and ecology of the egg parasitoid Trichogramma chilonis is being investigated and the possibility of its release as a biological control agent of C. pavonana in Fiji, Tonga and Solomon Islands explored. Research in Fiji is focused on quantifying field resistance of the diamondback moth to commonly used insecticides. An insecticide resistance management strategy has been developed and will be implemented in collaboration with UN-FAO.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Cert in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, Imperial College, London
  • Masters of Science, Imperial College, London
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Oxford

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Publications

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Conference Publication

  • Atumurirava, F., Nand, N. and Furlong, M. J. (2016). Diamondback moth resistance to insecticides and its management in the Sigatoka Valley, Fiji. In: XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Horticulture in Developing Countries and World Food Production. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Horticulture in Developing Countries and World Food Production, Brisbane, Australia, (125-130). 17 - 22 August 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1128.17

  • Vaqalo, M., Furlong, M. J. and Zalucki, M. P. (2015). Disruption of Nisotra basselae oviposition to improve pest management on Abelmoschus manihot in the Solomon Islands. In: Roderick A. Drew, Ian J. Warrington and Luseane Taufa, XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Promoting the Future of Indigenous Vegetables Worldwide. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014), Brisbane, Australia, (151-155). 17-22 August 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1102.18

  • Atumurirava, F. and Furlong, M. J. (2011). Diamondback moth resistance to commonly used insecticides in Fiji. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (216-221). 21-25 March 2011.

  • Neave, S. M., Kelly, G. and Furlong, M.J. (2011). Field evaluation of insect exclusion netting for the management of pests on cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) in the Solomon Islands. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings: The Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests (6th, 2011), Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (144-149). 21-25 March 2011.

  • Ale, B., Zalucki, M. P. and Furlong, M. J. (2011). Host plant selection by Crocidolomia pavonana F. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): Effect of herbivory and adult experience. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings: The Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests (6th, 2011), Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (70-75). 21-25 March 2011.

  • Murtiningsih, R., Ridland, P. M., Sofiar, E. and Furlong M. J. (2011). Natural mortality of Plutella xylostella L. (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) and Crocidolomia pavonana F. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in commercial cabbage crops in the highlands of West Java, Indonesia. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings of the the Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (38-45). 21-25 March 2011.

  • Zalucki, M. P. and Furlong, M. J. (2011). Predicting outbreaks of a migratory pest: An analysis of DBM distribution and abundance revisited. In: R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Shelton and Hilda L. Collins, Proceedings: The Sixth International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests. International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests (6th, 2011), Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (8-14). 21-25 March 2011.

  • McCarthy, J. W., Aitken, E. A. B., Furlong, M. J. and Cobon, J. A. (2010). The potential of sesame oil extracts for Meloidogyne javanica control. In: G. R. Stirling, 6th ASDS Proceedings. 6th Australian Soilborne Disease Symposium, Twin Waters, Qld., Australia, (68-68). 9-11 August 2010.

  • Walsh, B. and Furlong, M. J. (2008). Imidacloprid treatement of seedling roots as a component of integrated pest management in Brassica crops. In: Anthony M. Shelton, The management of diamondback moth and other crucifer pests : proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop. Fifth International Workshop on the Management of Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Pests, Beijing, China, (311-320). 24-27 October, 2006.

  • Furlong, M.J., Ju, K.H., Su, P.W., Chol, J.K., Il, R.C. and Zalucki, M.P. (2008). Integration of endemic natural enemies and Bacillus thuringiensis to manage Brassica crop pests in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In: Shelton, A.M., Collins, H.L., Zhang, Y. and Wu, Q., Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop. Management of Diamondback Moth & other crucifer pests, Beijing China, (287-302). 24-27 October 2006.

  • Zalucki, M.P. and Furlong, M. J. (2008). Predicting outbreaks of a migratory pest: An analysis of DBM distribution and abundance.. In: Shelton, A.M., Collins, H.L., Zhang, Y. and Wu, Q., Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop. Management of Diamondback Moth & Other Crucifer Pests, Beijing, China, (122-131). 24-27 October 2006.

  • Shu-sheng, L., Yin-quan, L., Guo, S-J., Furlong, M. J. and Zalucki, M. P. (2004). Experimental evaluation of natural enemy activities in cabbage fields treated with different pest control strategies. In: G. Yu-Yuang, Plant Protection Towards the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 15th International Plant Protection Congres, China, (528-528). 11-16th May.

  • Zalucki, M. P. and Furlong, M. J. (2004). Forecasting Helicoverpa populations in Australia: A comparison of regression based models and various population simulation and analysis tools. In: G. Yu-Yuang, Proceedings of the 15th International Plant Protection Congress. Plant Protection Towards the 21st Century, Bejing China, (302-302). 11-16th May, 2004.

  • Walsh, B. and Furlong, M. J. (2004). Imidacloprid treatment of seedling roots as a component of an integrated pest management strategy for insect pests in Brassica crops. In: John LaSalle, Mathew Patten and Myron Zalucki, Proceedings 22nd International Congress of Entomology. Entomology: Strength in Diversity XXII International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, Qld, (). 15-21 August, 2004.

  • Liu, S. S., Liu, Y. Q., Furlong, M. J. and Zalucki, M. P. (2004). Induced Resistance and Susceptibility of Brassica Plants to Diamondback Moth. In: John LaSalle, Mathew Patten and Myron Zalucki, Proceedings 22nd International Congress of Entomology. Entomology : strength in diversity : XXII International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (). 5-21 August, 2004.

  • Vickers, R. A., Pell, J. K., White, A. J. and Furlong, M. J. (2004). Proof-of-concept trials for control of DBM by autodissemination. In: N. Endersby and P. Ridland, The Management of Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Pests. Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, (289-294). 26-29 November.

  • Furlong, MJ, Shi, ZH, Guo, SJ, Liu, YQ, Liu, SS and Zalucki, M (2004). Quantitative evaluation of the biotic mortality factors affecting diamondback moth in south-east Queensland, Australia. In: Management of Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Pests. 4th International Workshop on the Management of Diamondback Moth and other Crucifer Pests, Melbourne Australia, (185-193). Nov 26-29, 2001.

  • Furlong, M. J., Shi, Z. H., Liu, Y. Q., Gui, S. J., Lu, Y. B., Liu, S. S. and Zalucki, M. P. (2004). The Impact of Farm Management Practices on the Efficiency of Natural Enemies of the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Plant Protection Congress, Beijing, China, May 11–16, 2004. 15th International Plant Protection Congress: Plant Protection Towards the 21st Century, Bejing China, (). 11-16th May 2004.

  • Furlong, M. J., Shi, Z.H., Yin-quan, L., Guo, S-J., Lu, Y-B., Shu-sheng, L. and Zalucki, M. P. (2004). The impact of farm management practices on naturally occurring biological control. In: J. LaSalle, M. Patten and M. Zalucki, XXII International Congress of Entomology. Entomology Strength in Diversity, Brisbane, Australia, (495-495). 15-21 August.

  • Vickers, R. A., Pell, J. K., White, A. J. and Furlong, M. J. (2001). Proof-of-concept trials for control of DBM by auto-dissemination. In: P. Ridland, N. Endersby, G. Baker, M. Keller and B. Walsh, 4th International Workshop on the Management of Diamondback Moths and other Crucifer Pests. 4th International Workshop on the Management of Diamondback Moths and other Crucifer Pests, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, (53-53). 26th - 29th November, 2001.

  • Furlong, M. J., Zuhua, S., Shijian, G., Yinquan, L., Shu Sheng, L. and Zalucki, M. P. (2001). Quantitative evaluation of the biotic mortality factors affecting diamondback moth in south-east Queensland, Australia. In: N.M. Endersby, P.M. Ridland, G. Baker, M. Keller and B. Walsh, Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on the management of Diamondback Moth and other crucifer pests. The Management of diamondback moth and other crucifer pests, University of Melbourne, (185-193). 26-29 November, 2001.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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