Representative publications



Walter, G.H. & Hengeveld, R. (2014) Autecology: Organisms, Interactions and Environmental Dynamics. CRC Press, Boca Raton.


Insect pest management

WALTER, G.H. 2003. Insect Pest Management and Insect Ecology Research. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 387pp.


Journal articles


Rossini R.A., Fensham R.J. and Walter G.H. (in press) Determining optimal sampling strategies for monitoring threatened macro-invertebrates in Australia’s artesian springs. Marine and Freshwater Research TBC.



Hall, J. A. and Walter, G. H. (2014) Relative Seed and Fruit Toxicity of the Australian Cycads Macrozamia miquelii and Cycas ophiolitica: Further Evidence for a Megafaunal Seed Dispersal Syndrome in Cycads, and Its Possible Antiquity. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40 8: 860-868. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-014-0490-5

Cunningham, J. P., Hereward, J. P., Heard, T. A., De Barro, P. J. and West, S. A. (2014) Bees at war: Interspecific battles and nest usurpation in stingless bees. American Naturalist, 184 6: 777-786. doi:10.1086/678399

Rossini R.A., Rueda J.L. and Tibbetts I.R. (2014) Feeding ecology of the seagrass-grazing nerite Smaragdia souverbiana (Montrouzier, 1863) in subtropical seagrass beds of eastern Australia. Journal of Molluscan Studies 80: 139-147.

Schmidt, S. and Walter, G. H. (2014) Young clades in an old family: major evolutionary transitions and diversification of the eucalypt-feeding pergid sawflies in Australia (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Pergidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 74 1: 111-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.02.002

Silva R., Walter G.H., Wilson L.J. and Furlong M.J. (2014) Responses of Thrips tabaci to odours of herbivore-induced cotton seedlings. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 151 3: 239-246. DOI:10.1111/eea.12188

Terry, L.I., Roemer, R.B., Walter, G.H., & Booth, D. (2014) Thrips’ responses to thermogenic associated signals in a cycad pollination system: the interplay of temperature, light, humidity and cone volatiles. Functional Ecology 28: 857-867

van Brunschot, S. L., Verhoeven, J. T. J., Persley, D. M., Geering, A. D. W., Drenth,  A. and Thomas, J. E. (2014) An outbreak of Potato spindle tuber viroid in tomato is linked to imported seed. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 139 1: 1-7. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-014-0379-8

van Brunschot, S. L., Bergervoet, J. H. W., Pagendam, D. E., de Weerdt,M.,   Geering, A. Drenth, A. D. W. and van der Vlugt, R. A. A. (2014) Development of a multiplexed bead-based suspension array for the detection and discrimination of Pospiviroid plant pathogens. PLoS ONE, 9 1: e84743. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084743

van Brunschot, S. L., Bergervoet, J. H. W., Pagendam, D. E., de Weerdt, M., Geering, A. D. W. , Drenth, A. and van der Vlugt, R. A. A. (2014) A bead-based suspension array for the multiplexed detection of begomoviruses and their whitefly vectors. Journal of Virological Methods, 198: 86-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2013.12.014



Ahmad, F., Daglish, G.J., Ridley, A.W., Burrill, P.R. & Walter, G.H. (2013) Short-range resource location by Tribolium castaneum Herbst (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) demonstrates a strong preference for fungi associated with cotton seed. Journal of Stored Products Research, 52, 21-27.

Ahmad, F., Ridley, A.W., Daglish, G.J., Burrill, P.R., & Walter, G.H. (2013) Response of Tribolium castaneum and Rhyzopertha dominica to various resources, near and far from grain storage. Journal of Applied Entomology, 137, 773-781.

Blower, D. C., Hereward, J. P. and Ovenden, J. R. (2013) The complete mitochondrial genome of the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus. Mitochondrial DNA, 24 6: 619-621. doi:10.3109/19401736.2013.772154

Brookes, D. R. and Hereward, J. P. (2013) Characterisation of 18 microsatellite markers for the thrips Cycadothrips chadwicki (Thysanoptera: Aeolothripidae), an obligate mutualist pollinator of 11 Macrozamia cycad species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5 4: 1167-1170. doi:10.1007/s12686-013-9993-6

Hall, J.A. & Walter, G.H. (2013) Seed dispersal of the Australian cycad Macrozamia miquelii (Zamiaceae): are cycads megafauna-dispersed “grove-forming” plants? American Journal of Botany, 100, 1127-1136.

Hereward, J.P., DeBarro, P.J., & Walter, G.H. (2013) Resolving multiple host use of an emergent pest of cotton with microsatellite data and chloroplast markers (Creontiades dilutus Stal; Hemiptera, Miridae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 103, 611-618.

Hereward, J.P., Walter, G.H., DeBarro, P.J., Lowe, A.J., & Riginos, C. (2013) Gene flow in the green mirid, Creontiades dilutus (Hemiptera: Miridae), across arid and agricultural environments with different host plant species. Ecology and Evolution, 3, 807-821.

Kaur, R., Ebert, P.R., Walter, G.H., Swain, A.J., & Schlipalius, D.I. (2013) Do phosphine resistance genes influence movement and dispersal under starvation? Journal of Economic Entomology, 106, 2259-2266.

Rafter M.A., Hereward J.P., Walter G.H. (2013) Species limits, quarantine risk and the intrigue of a polyphagous invasive pest with highly restricted host relationships in its area of invasion. Evolutionary Applications. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12096

Rafter M.A., Walter G.H. (2013) Mate recognition in the South African citrus thrips Scirtothrips aurantii (Faure) and cross-mating tests with populations from Australia and South Africa. Journal of Insect Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10905-013-9391-7

Rafter M.A., Walter G.H. (2013) Should generalist herbivorous insects be rejected out of hand for weed biocontrol? Post hoc testing of an African pest insect that adventitiously invaded a weed in Australia Arthropod-plant Interactions.  7: 379–388.

Silva, R., Furlong, M.J., Wilson, L.J., & Walter, G.H. (2013) How predictable are the behavioral responses of insects to herbivore induced changes in plants? Responses of two congeneric thrips to induced cotton plants. PLoS One, 8.

van Brunschot, S. L., Gambley,C. F., De Barro, P. J. , Grams, R., Thomas,  J. E., Henderson,  J.,  Drenth,  A. and Geering, A. D. W. (2013) Panel of real-time PCRs for the multiplexed detection of two tomato-infecting begomoviruses and their cognate whitefly vector species. Plant Pathology, 62 5: 1132-1146. DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12033


Selected publications before 2013

Ahmad, F., Walter, G.H. & Raghu, S. (2012) Comparative performance of Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) across populations, resource types and structural forms of those resources. Journal of Stored Products Research, 48, 73-80.

Hereward, J.P. & Walter, G.H. (2012) Molecular Interrogation of the Feeding Behaviour of Field Captured Individual Insects for Interpretation of Multiple Host Plant Use. PLoS One, 1-7.

Ahmad, F., Daglish, G.J., Ridley, A.W. & Walter, G.H. (2012) Responses of Tribolium castaneum to olfactory cues from cotton seeds, the fungi associated with cotton seeds, and cereals. Entomologia experimentalis et Applicata, 145, 272-281.

Finlay-Doney, M. & Walter, G.H. (2012) The conceptual and practical implications of interpreting diet breadth mechanistically in generalist predatory insects. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 107, 737-763.

Rafter M.A., Walter G.H. (2012) Sampling of South African citrus thrips (Scirtothrips aurantii Faure) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) across host plant species in South Africa. African Entomology. 20: 408-410.

Ridley, A. W., Hereward, J. P., Daglish, G. J., Raghu, S., Collins, P. J. and Walter, G. H. (2011) The spatiotemporal dynamics of Tribolium castaneum (Herbst): Adult flight and gene flow. Molecular Ecology, 20 8: 1635-1646. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05049.x

Rafter M.A., Palmer W.A., Walter G.H. (2011) Assessing the biological control potential of an adventitiously-established “pest”, Scirtothrips aurantii (Faure), on a weed, Bryophyllum delagoense (Eckl. & Zeyh.),in Queensland. Biological Control 58: 346-353.

van Brunschot, S. L., Persley, D. M., Geering, A. D. W., Campbell, P. R. and Thomas, J. E. (2010) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in Australia: distribution, detection and discovery of naturally occurring defective DNA molecules. Australasian Plant Pathology, 39 5: 412-423. DOI: 10.1071/AP10083

Rafter M.A., Gillions R.M., Walter G.H. (2008) Generalist herbivores in weed biological control – A natural experiment with reportedly polyphagous thrips. Biological Control 44: 188-195.



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