Staff Profile

Dr David Teulon
Director, B3

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Dr David Teulon


BSc, Zoology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
MHortSci (Hons), Entomology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
PhD, Entomology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Research Interests & Activities

Science management and leadership for biosecurity and bioprotection. Research experience in applied insect ecology with expertise in aphids, thrips, indigenous pollinators, IPM, biosecurity, biocontrol, organics, arable, vegetable and fruit crops, forestry (incl. indigenous species), insect behaviour, population dynamics, forecasting pest outbreaks, biodiversity (esp. indigenous aphids), non-target effects of bio-control agents, and insect identification.  

International Collaboration

Europe Australasian Thrips Semiochemical (EATS) Network (2013-2015) (NZ lead)

   (incl. Austria, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom)

Fundamental to Applied Research on Insect Sensing (FARIS) Network (2018-2020) (NZ lead)

   (incl. Colombia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United States)

Plant Biosecurity CRC (Australia) (2012-2018) (Plant & Food Research Participant Representative)

NZ/US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation.  Invasive Species Working Group (2014 to present) (NZ co-lead)

BioEconomy Forum, Plant Health Working Group (2019 to present) (NZ rep.)

Euphresco Network (2020 to present) (NZ deputy lead)

Honours & Awards

2019 Professor Ad Honorem, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

2017 Fellow New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science

2011 Adjunct Professor.  Lincoln University

2008 Innovation award (silver): Category: Protection of the environment. Sifel, France. International Exhibition for the Technical Means of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry. LUREM TR (thrips attractant) developed with Plant Research International, the Netherlands

2005 Visiting scientist, Plant Research International, Wageningen, Netherlands.

2001 Visiting scholar, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University, USA.

1995 Wissenschaflicher Assistant, Inst. fur Zoologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

1990–94 Research Associate (post-doctoral scholar), Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University, USA.

1989 Visiting Scientist. Glasshouse Crops Research Station, Naadlwijk, Netherlands.

Professional Memberships

Member, Entomological Society of America,

Member and ex-Executive Member, New Zealand Plant Protection Society

Member, New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science,

Member, New Zealand Entomological Society

Member, New Zealand Biosecurity Institute

Key Publications

Mansfield S, McNeill MR, Aalders LT, Bell NL, Kean JM, Barratt BIP, Boyd-Wilson K, Teulon DAJ.  2019.  The value of sentinel plants for risk assessment and surveillance to support biosecurity. NeoBiota 48: 1-24.

Teulon DAJ, Puketapu A, Ropata HT, Bicknell R.  2019.  Establishing a base for understanding the threat of the brown marmorated stink bug to plants of value to Māori.  New Zealand Plant Protection 72: 44-58

Nielsen M-C, Sansom CE, Larsen L, Worner SP, Rostás M, Chapman RB, Butler RC, de Kogel WJ, Davidson MM, Perry NB, Teulon DAJ 2019. Volatile compounds as insect lures: factors affecting release from passive dispenser systems, NZ J Crop & Hort. Sci. DOI: 10.1080/01140671.2019.1604554

Paynter Q, Teulon D. 2019. Laboratory tests to estimate the non-target impacts of four Aphidius spp. parasitoids in the field, Biological Control 133: 41-49.

Redlich S, Clemens J, Bader M K-F, Pendrigh D, Perret-Gentil A, Godsoe W, Teulon DAJ, Brockerhoff EG 2019. Identifying new associations between invasive aphids and Pinaceae trees using plant sentinels in botanic gardens. Biological Invasions 21: 217.

Podmore C, Hogg ID, Drayton GM, Barratt BIP, Scott IAW, Foottit RG, Teulon DAJ, Bulman SR.  2018. Study of COI sequences from endemic New Zealand aphids highlights high mitochondrial DNA diversity in Rhopalosiphina (Hemiptera: Aphididae), NZ J Zoo 46 (2): 107-123.  DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2018.1510843

Koschier E, Nielsen M-C, Spangl B, Davidson MM, Teulon DAJ. 2017.  The effect of background plant odours on the behavioural responses of Frankliniella occidentalis to attractive or repellent compounds in a Y-tube olfactometer.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 163(2): 160-169.  DOI: 10.1111/eea.12566.

Teulon DAJ, Davidson MM, Perry NB, Nielsen M-C, Castañé C, Bosch D, Riudavets J, van Tol RWH, de Kogel WJ.  2017.  Methyl isonicotinate – a non-pheromone thrips semiochemical - and its potential for pest management.  Journal of Tropical Insect Science 37 (2): 50-56.  DOI:

Van Toor RF, Butler RC, Teulon DAJ.  2016.  Lower incidence of yellow dwarf disease in autumn-sown wheat crops in New Zealand is linked with sowing dates, insecticide regimes and aerial aphid numbers.  Australasian Plant Pathology 45(6): 609–619. DOI 10.1007/s13313-016-0450-3.

De Kogel WJ, Koschier EH, Broughton S, Castañé C, Davidson MM, Hamilton JGC, Kirk WDJ, Nielsen M-C, Riudavets J, Van Tol RWHM, Teulon DAJ.  2015.  Semiochemicals for sustainable thrips management. Die Bodenkultur 66 (3-4): 17-25.

Nielsen M-C, Worner SP, Rostás M, Chapman RB, Butler RC, de Kogel WJ, Teulon DAJ.  2015.  Olfactory response of western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) populations to a non-pheromone lure.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 156 (3):  254-262.

Davidson MM, Nielsen M-C, Butler RC, Vellekoop R, George S, Gunawardana D, Muir CA, Teulon DAJ. 2015.  The effect of adhesives and solvents on the capture and specimen quality of pest thrips on coloured traps.  Crop Protection 72: 108-111.

Davidson MM, Nielsen M-C, Butler RC, Castane C, Alomar O, Riudavets J, Teulon DAJ.  2015.  Can semiochemicals attract both western flower thrips and their anthocorid predators?  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 155: 54-63.

Teulon DAJ, Alipia TT, Ropata HT, Green JM, Viljanen-Rollinson SLH, Cromey MG, Arthur K, MacDiarmid RM, Waipara MW, Marsh AT. 2015. The threat of myrtle rust to Māori taonga plant species in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection 68:  66-75.