David Teulon

David Teulon

Director of the Better Border Biosecurity

David Teulon

Director of the Better Border Biosecurity

Dr David Teulon is currently the Director of the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) (http://b3nz.org) research collaboration involving 4 Crown Research Institutes and one University Research Centre in New Zealand.  B3 acts as the pre-eminent research provider for science-based plant border biosecurity solutions in New Zealand.  Dr Teulon is based at the New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research at Lincoln.
Dr Teulon has held roles as Portfolio Manager-Bioprotection, and Team Leader- Applied Entomology at Plant & Food Research (and its predecessor organisation).  He was also employed at institutes/universities in the Netherlands, USA and Germany and maintains a number of key relationships with international collaborators.
Dr Teulon has co-supervised and assisted graduate students at Penn State University, University of Auckland, Massey University, and Lincoln University.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Lincoln University.  
Dr Teulon has postgraduate degrees in horticulture and entomology.  He graduated with a PhD (University of Canterbury) (1988) after studying the biology and management of the New Zealand flower thrips on stonefruit.  He has carried out research on thrips pests in fruit, vegetable, and forest systems but also has broad research interests in pest management, biosecurity, and biosystematics.  Dr Teulon has over 100 publications as well as numerous commercial reports and presentations at industry and national and international conferences.
Dr Teulon and his research group have been at the forefront of research on the behavioural responses of thrips to their host plant cues as well as discovering, patenting and bringing to application one of the first commercialised allelochemical (non-pheromone) lure (LUREM TR) for thrips pest management along with Plant Research International, the Netherlands.  LUREM TR won an Innovation award: Category: Protection of the Environment at the International Exhibition for the Technical Means of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry in 2008.
Dr Teulon co-leads the EU/IRSES and RSNZ funded Europe Australasian Thrips Semiochemical (EATS) Network involving researchers from New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Austria and Spain.
He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the New Zealand Plant Protection Society (former executive member), the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and the New Zealand Entomological Society.
Selected references
Teulon DAJ, Penman DR, Ramakers PMJ. 1993. Volatile chemicals for thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) host finding and possible applications for thrips pest management. J Econ Ent 86: 1405 1415.
Teulon DAJ, Penman DR. 1994. Phenology of the New Zealand flower thrips, Thrips obscuratus (Crawford) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), on nectarine and peach flowers. NZ Entomol 17: 70 77.
Felland CM, Teulon DAJ, Hull LA, Polk D. 1995.  Distribution and management of thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on nectarine in the mid Atlantic region.  J Econ Ent 88: 1004 1011.
Teulon DAJ, Penman DR. 1995. Thrips obscuratus (Crawford) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae):  A pest of stonefruit in New Zealand. P. 101 104.  In: Thrips Biology and Management.  NATO ASI Series, Series A, Life Sciences, vol. 276.  Plenum Press, NY.
Mound LA, Teulon DAJ.  1995. Thysanoptera as phytophagous opportunists.  P. 3 19.  In: Thrips Biology and Management.  NATO ASI Series, Series A, Life Sciences, vol. 276. Plenum Press, NY.
Teulon DAJ, Penman DR. 1996. Thrips (Thysanoptera) seasonal flight activity and infestation of ripe stonefruit in Canterbury, New Zealand. J Econ Ent 89: 722 734.
Teulon DAJ, Davidson MM, Hedderly DI, James DE, Fletcher CD, Larsen L, Green VC, Perry NB. 2007. 4-Pyridyl carbonyl and related compounds as thrips lures:  Effectiveness for onion thrips and New Zealand flower thrips in field experiments. J Agric & Food Chem 55: 6198-6205.
Teulon DAJ, Castańé C, Nielsen M-C, El-Sayed AM, Davidson MM, Gardner-Gee R, Poulton J, Kean AM, Hall C, Butler RC, Sansom CE, Suckling DM, Perry NB. 2014. Evaluation of new volatile compounds as lures for western flower thrips and onion thrips in New Zealand and Spain.  NZ Plant Prot 67: 175-183.