Welma Pieterse2017-02-20T20:36:01+00:00

Welma Pieterse

Phd Candidate

Email: WelmaP@daff.gov.za

Supervisors: Dr. Pia Addison, Prof. John Terblanche and Dr. Aruna Manrakhan.


Project title: Forecasting the invasion potential of bactrocera invadens in the Western Cape of South Africa using a trait-based approach.

I work as a quarantine entomologist for DAFF and am interested in expanding some of the research I started as part of this project.  The use of morphometric analysis of the outlines of the mandibles of the third instar larvae of four fruit fly species was interesting and has a practical application in the work I do in the diagnostic laboratory of DAFF.