Narin Srei

Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Claude Guertin
Start: 2017-05-01
End: 2019-03-01


Development of new biological control strategies against both agricultural and forest pests
Emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an invasive pest that causes extensive damages in ash trees in North America. After hatching, larvae develop by digging galleries under the bark. During the development, they feed on phloem and cambium. Abundance of larval galleries disrupts the flow of nutrients and water within the tree, resulting in tree death in 2-3 years. Until now, there is no effective strategy to control this pest because of its cryptic behavior. Our project goal is to develop an effective strategy using entomopathogenic fungi to control emerald ash borer population.


fungal autodissemination, Horizontal transmission, Emerald ash borer, Eastern larch beetle, Bark beetles, Entomopathogenic fungi, Biological control


1- Susceptibility of Dendroctonus simplex to Hypocreales fungi: towards the development of a biological control strategy
Srei, N., R. Lavallée, C. Guertin
2017 Journal of Applied Entomology

2- Is Chytridiomycosis an Emerging Infectious Disease in Asia?
Andrea Swei, Jodi J. L. Rowley, Dennis Rödder, Mae L. L. Diesmos, Arvin C. Diesmos, Cheryl J. Briggs, Rafe Brown, Trung Tien Cao, Tina L. Cheng, Rebecca A. Chong, Ben Han, Jean-Marc Hero, Huy Duc Hoang, Mirza D. Kusrini, Duong Thi Thuy Le, Jimmy A. McGuire, Madhava Meegaskumbura, Mi-Sook Min, Daniel G. Mulcahy, Thy Neang, Somphouthone Phimmachak, Ding-Qi Rao, Natalie M. Reeder, Sean D. Schoville, Niane Sivongxay, Narin Srei, Matthias Stöck, Bryan L. Stuart, Lilia S. Torres, Dao Thi Anh Tran, Tate S. Tunstall, David Vieites, Vance T. Vredenburg
2011 PLoS ONE