LEVOT, Garry

Garry Levot

Research interests

*    Insecticide resistance in sheep blowflies and sheep lice
*    Chemical control of flystrike
*    Chemical control of sheep biting lice
*    Control of Small Hive Beetle adults and larvae
*    Effective remediation of spent sheep dip effluent

Background

Garry Levot leads research into the control of animal ectoparasites and small hive beetle, an exotic pest of bee hives, at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI). He joined NSW Department of Agriculture* in 1984 as an Entomologist and is currently a Principal Research Scientist. The EMAI group is recognised as the national centre for expertise in insecticide resistance in the Australian Sheep Blowfly and the Sheep Body Louse. Garry has worked extensively with industry research corporations such as Australian Wool Innovation Ltd., Poultry Research Council and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and has undertaken collaborative work with many agrochemical companies working in the area of animal health.
*Industry and Investment NSW was formed on 1 July, 2009 and includes the former

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI). NSW DPI was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons I)
  • PhD

Current projects

  • Commercialisation of the APITHOR™ refuge trap for the control of small hive beetle
  • Insecticide resistance in sheep blowflies and lice
  • Remediation of spent sheep dips effluents by disposal on land
  • Effective control of sheep ectoparasites

Recent publications

Levot GW, Rothwell JT, Sales N, Dawson KL and Lloyd JB (2009) Effectiveness of a non-surgical alternative to the Mules operation in sheep. Australian Veterinary Journal 87: 142-147.

Levot GW (2009) Laboratory assessment of coumaphos as a potential alternative to fipronil for use in small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) refuge traps. General and Applied Entomology 38: 9-12.

Levot GW (2008) Speed of action and in-vitro efficacy of spinosad against sheep body lice, Bovicola ovis (Schrank)(Phthiraptera: Trichodectidae) resistant to pyrethroid, organophosphate or insect growth regulator insecticides. Australian Journal of Entomology 47: 251-255.

Levot GW (2008) Feasibility of in-hive control of adult small hive beetles Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) with an insecticide treated refuge trap. General and Applied Entomology 36: 21-25.

Levot GW (2008) An insecticidal refuge trap to control adult Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in commercial bee hives. Journal of Apicultural Research 47: 222-228.

Levot GW and Sales N (2008) Resistance to benzoylphenyl urea insecticides in Australian populations of the sheep biting louse, Bovicola ovis (Schrank) (Phthiraptera: Trichdectidae). Medical and Veterinary Entomology 22: 331-334.

Levot GW and Sales N (2008) In-vitro effectiveness of ivermectin and spinosad flystrike treatments against larvae of the Australian sheep blowfly Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Australian Journal of Entomology 47: 365-369.

Levot GW (2007) Effective remediation of diazinon from spent sheep dip wash by disposal on land. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 47: 13-16.

Levot GW and Haque NMM (2006) Disinfestation of Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) infested stored honey comb by phosphine fumigation. General and Applied Entomology 35: 43-44.

Levot GW and Haque NMM (2006) Insecticidal control of adult Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in laboratory trials. General and Applied Entomology 35: 1-5.

Levot GW and Haque NMM (2006) Insecticidal soil treatments for the control of Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) larvae. General and Applied Entomology 35: 23-27.

Lund RD, Levot GW and Black R (2005) Changes in diazinon and diflubenzuron concentration during shower and plunge dipping of merino sheep. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 45: 1139-1145.

Levot GW, Lund RD and Black R (2004) Diazinon and diflubenzuron residues in soil following surface disposal of spent sheep dip wash. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 44: 975-982.

Levot GW and Sales N (2004) Insect growth regulator cross-resistance studies in field- and laboratory selected strains of the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann)(Diptera: Calliphoridae). Australian Journal of Entomology 43: 374-377.

Haque NMM and Levot GW (2004) An improved method for laboratory rearing of the Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). General and Applied Entomology 34: 29-31.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Entomological Society
  • Entomological Society of NSW
  • Australian Society for Parasitology

Fields of research

  • 070708 Veterinary Parasitology
  • 060808 Invertebrate Biology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Ectoparasite control
  • Entomology
  • Insecticide resistance