Saskia Thomas

Masters Student


Supervisors: Prof. John S. Terblanche, Prof. Des Conlong & Dr. Madeleine Barton


Project title: Pest Management and Risk Analyses of Future Pest Invasions of Sugarcane in Mazabuka, Zambia

Project aims:

  • To investigate the ability of light or colour control as a pest management tool for Heteronychus licas, the Black Sugarcane Beetle.
  • To establish an integrated pest management plan for the Yellow Sugarcane Aphid, Sipha flava.
  • To predict the risk of a pest invasion of the Chilo spp., leading to the creation of a watchlist of potential invasive species of future concern.