2006 Governor General Lecture Series: In Search of Alternatives to Synthetic Pesticides: Eavesdropping on Mother Nature

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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Dr. McNeil, the Helen Battle Professor in the biology department of the University of Western Ontario, studies the reproductive biology of migrating insects, as well as the interactions between insects, their natural enemies and plants. He investigates the role that naturally occurring chemicals in plants and insects play in interactions within and between different species. In his presentation, McNeil will discuss how understanding the way insects muse about “what to eat,” “where to lay eggs,” and “with whom to mate” has led to the development of effective pest management without resorting to insecticides and their sometimes harmful side effects.