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Invertebrate Ecology of Australasian Grasslands (2017) 

Scott N. Johnson

ISBN: 978-1-74108-437-5

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An example of how to cite the papers:

Aalders, L., Bell, N.L., McNeill, A.M., Wilson, D.J. & Lee, J. (2017) Effect of perennial ryegrass cultivar and sowing rate on nematode pasture pest abundance. In: Invertebrate Ecology of Australasian Grasslands. Proceedings of the Ninth ACGIE (ed. S.N. Johnson), pp. 180-183. Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia.


Grassland Biodiversity

Temperate western Victorian grassland insects: the interactions between native and exotic insects and plants.

Powell and Yen

Plant–pollinator interactions within  a seed production area for native grassland restoration.

White et al.


An assessment of the effect of sward height on suction sampling efficiency for the capture of grassland invertebrates using  a G-Vac device.

Facey and Torode.

Impact of grassland reseeding, herbicide spraying and ploughing on diversity and abundance of soil arthropods.

Liu et al.


The distribution of soil insects across  three spatial scales in agricultural  grassland.

Benefer et al.



Multi-trophic Interactions  and Biological Control


Ecological cascades and dung  beetle populations in Australian grasslands.


Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes toward Panicum bisulcatum roots damaged by scarab larvae.

Hiltpold et al.

Italian ryegrass does it better: effect of Lolium multiflorum on Argentine stem weevil parasitism by Microctonus hyperodae.

Tomasetto et al.

Risks and benefits of introduced biocontrol agent interaction with native non-target hosts: Microctonus aethiopoides (Irish biotype) and Irenimus stolidus in Otago, New Zealand.

Ferguson et al.

A phylogenetic approach to assessing olfactory host selection in Cassida rubiginosa (Chrysomelidae).

Hittiarachchi et al.

Apparent acquired resistance by a  weevil to its parasitoid is influenced  by host plant.

Goldson and Tomasetto.

Aploneura lentisci (Homoptera: Aphididae) and its interactions with fungal endophytes in Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne).

Popay et al.


Pest Management and Monitoring


The first decade of clover root weevil biocontrol in the North Island, New  Zealand.

Wilson and Gerard.


Improving the management of red headed cockchafer in ryegrass pastures through improved surveillance techniques.



Impact of grassland management on pests and diseases of white clover.

Murray et al.


Novel in vitro procedures for rearing  a root-feeding pest (Heteronychus  arator) of grasslands.

Hiltpold et al.

Belowground ecology of scarabs feeding  on grass roots: current knowledge and future directions for management in Australasia.

Frew et al.


Impacts of Climate Change


Climate change in native and introduced grasslands.

Gerard and Popay.


Legume pasture pest responses to global climate change.

Ryalls and Johnson.


The impact of elevated CO2 and silicon fertilisation on ant–aphid mutualisms: turning bodyguards into assassins?  

Kremer et al.

Siliceous saviour of sugarcane:  silicon alleviates negative impacts  of belowground herbivory under  elevated atmospheric CO2.

Frew et al.

Effects of altered precipitation patterns  on soil fauna in an Australian grassland.

Nielsen et al.


DRI-Grass: A New Experimental Platform for Addressing Grassland Ecosystem Responses to Future Precipitation Scenarios in South-East Australia.

Power et al.


Grasslands, invertebrates, and precipitation: a review of the effects of climate change.

Barnett and Facey.


Altered precipitation impacts on above- and below-ground grassland invertebrates: summer drought leads to outbreaks in Spring.

Torode et al.


Above–belowground herbivore interactions in mixed plant communities are influenced by altered precipitation patterns.

Ryalls et al.


The importance of testing multiple environmental factors in legume–insect research: replication, reviewers, and rebuttal.

Johnson et al.

Plant Resistance to Pests


Effect of perennial ryegrass cultivar and sowing rate on nematode pasture pest abundance.

Aalders et al.


Growth, development and survival of  porina (Wiseana species) on selected  native and exotic grass species in  New Zealand.

Atijegbe et al.


A comparison of canefield soil types  on root herbivore performance and  feeding.

Frew and Johnson.


Silicon and other essential element composition in roots using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy: a high throughput approach.

Hiltpold et al.


Impact of domestication on Australian grass Microlaena stipoides root architecture and toughness.

Connor et al.


Evolution of specialization of  Cassida rubiginosa on Cirsium arvense (Compositae, Cardueae).

Cripps et al.


Does White Clover (Trifolium repens) abundance in temperate pastures determine Sitona obsoletus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) larval populations?

McNeil et al.


Temperature and plant genotype alter alkaloid concentrations in ryegrass infected with an Epichloë endophyte and this affects an insect herbivore.

Hennessy et al.


Get tough, get toxic or get a bodyguard: identifying candidate traits conferring belowground resistance to herbivores  in grasses.

Moore and Johnson.


A review of perennial ryegrass endophytes and their potential use in the management of African black beetle in perennial grazing systems in Australia.

Karpyn et al.


Biosecurity and Exotic Pests

Biosecurity in the bioprotection continuum: the complexities for pasture.

Armstrong et al.


Is the invasive species Listronotus bonariensis (Kuschel) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) (Argentine Stem Weevil)  a threat to New Zealand natural grassland ecosystems?

Barratt et al.


Dispersal of the invasive pasture pest Heteronychus arator into areas of low population density: effects of sex and season, and implications for pest management.

Mansfield et al.


Invertebrate biosecurity challenges in high productivity grassland: the New Zealand example.

Goldson et al.

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