Started working originally on control methods of Aonidiella aurantii (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) with the main focus on mineral oil and biocontrol with natural parasitoids and predators. These included the mass rearing of Aphytis lingnanensis/coheni (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) and the interaction with local indemic parasitoids such as Aphytis africanus.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management: Zoology Stream
Currently enrolled for an MSc at the North West University: The Biology and Ecology of Ceratitis rosa and Ceratitis quilicii in citrus.
Current focus is research on the control, monitor and the rearing of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Manrakhan A., Daneel J-H., Beck R., Virgilio M., Meganck K. & De Meyer M. 2017. Efficacy of trapping systems for monitoring of Afrotropical fruit flies. Journal of Applied Entomology. doi:10.1111/jen.12373
Virgilio M., Manrakhan A., Delatte H., Daneel J-H., Mwatawala M., Meganck K., Barr N. & De Meyer M. 2017. The complex case of Ceratitis cosyra (Diptera, Tephritidae) and relatives: A DNA barcoding perspective. Journal of Applied Entomology. doi:10.1111/jen.12379
In Semi Scientific Journals
Manrakhan A., Daneel J-H., Beck R. 2017. Male annihilation technique (MAT) for the Oriental fruit fly: Efficacy of different commercially available