Dr. Boyd Mori (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Scientist– Insect Ecology) completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Alberta on pheromone monitoring and management of the red clover casebearer moth (Coleophora deauratella) in the Peace Region of Alberta. He then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Alnarp, Sweden) where he researched the chemical ecology of the highly invasive spotted wing fruit fly (Drosophila suzukii) with a focus on alternative pest management strategies.
Boyd joined AAFC-Saskatoon in April 2016. He is a strong proponent of integrated pest management and has a robust background in insect behaviour, physiology and population genetics which he uses to develop monitoring and management tools for insect pests.
Boyd’s projects revolve around basic and applied research questions using a variety of techniques from field experiments to electrophysiological assays and next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing. He has active projects developing pheromone monitoring tools for both canola and quinoa pests. Additionally, Boyd is researching host plant resistance in both the swede and wheat midge (Contarinia nasturtii and Sitodiplosis mosellana, respectively), where he is part of a collaborative team who aim to identify host plant resistance mechanisms against these potentially catastrophic pests.