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Lecture by Stephen Wratten, a Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University

Date:2019-07-12 Hits:295


Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture


Stephen Wratten, Ph.D.

Fellow of Royal Society New Zealand,

Professor, Lincoln University


Zengrong Zhu, Ph.D.


Friday, 10:00-11:00, July 19th, 2019


Room C1012, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zijingang Campus


Stephen Wratten is a Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University, Principal Investigator in the Bio-Protection Research Centre, and a Distinguished Professor of Lincoln University. He has previously worked at the University of Cambridge (UK) and Oregon State University (USA).

Professor Wratten is a world-leading researcher in agro-ecology, with a focus on the biological control of pests. He is a proponent of using crop and non-crop plants to provide SNAP – Shelter, Nectar, Alternative food and Pollen – to natural enemies of pests. This approach restores and enhances ecosystem services or ‘nature’s services’ in agriculture, thereby improving the environment and enhancing biological control of pests.

He has pioneered the use of non-native and endemic New Zealand plant species in agriculture to enhance insect pest control and in this way reduce insecticide use. The methods developed by his team and trialed in the Waipara wine-growing region in Canterbury, New Zealand are now in use in every vineyard region in New Zealand and Australia, as well as regions of the United States and Europe.

Professor Wratten, H index 74, has published more about 500 journal articles, 8 books, 90 book chapters (total citation 21550), and has supervised more than 80 PhD students to completion. He has published papers in high-profile journals, including Nature, Annual review of entomology, PNAS, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Journal of Ecology and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. In 2014, he was named among the top 10 authors in the centenary editorial of the international journal Annals of Applied Biology.

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