My research interests include the development and use
of molecular diagnostic tools in pre- and post-release studies on exotic
parasitoids, and the evaluation of direct and indirect non-target
effects associated with natural enemy introductions.
My current research focuses on the investigation of
competitive interactions among parasitoids that share the same host
species, and the effect of multiparasitism and hyperparasitism on
parasitoid establishment and target pest suppression. In-host
interactions can be difficult to study using conventional rearing and
dissection techniques; however, molecular techniques for the detection
and identification of natural enemies within their hosts provide a
unique approach to study multi-species and intraguild interactions in
Kuhlmann, U., Gillott, C. and Erlandson, M. 2007.
The use of diagnostic molecular markers in biological
control of arthropods. Journal of Applied
Entomology 131: 225-240.
Erlandson, M. &
Gariˇpy, T.D. 2005.
Tricks of the Trade: Developing species-specific PCR
primers for insect identification. Bulletin of the Entomological
Society of Canada 37: 76-82.
Gariˇpy, T.D., Kuhlmann, U., Haye,
T., Gillott, C., and Erlandson, M. 2005.
A single-step multiplex PCR
assay for the detection of European Peristenus spp., parasitoids
of Lygus spp. Biocontrol Science and Technology 15:
Gariˇpy, T.D., Rahe, J.E., Lˇvesque,
C.A., Spotts, R.A., Sugar, D.L., and Henriquez, J.L. 2005.
species associated with bullās-eye rot and cankers of apple and pear in
the Pacific Northwest. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 27:
Gariˇpy, T.D., Lˇvesque, C.A., de
Jong, S.N., and Rahe, J.E. 2003.
Species specific identification of the
Neofabraea pathogen complex associated with pome fruits using PCR
and multiplex DNA amplification. Mycological Research 107: