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Dr Lewis Wilson is Program Leader, Cotton Improvement and Production.

Dr Lewis Wilson: tackling cotton pests

Dr Lewis Wilson researches better ways to address pests in cotton.

  • 24 December 2008 | Updated 27 May 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Dr Lewis Wilson is Program Leader, Biology and Modelling of the Crop and Pest System with CSIRO Plant Industry.

Current activities

Dr Wilson has helped develop tools that contribute to uptake of integrated pest management (IPM) and reduced insecticide use in cotton including:

  • guidelines for IPM
  • thresholds for pests
  • resistance management strategies
  • decision support tools.

His research focuses on IPM for transgenic cotton systems including:

Dr Wilson has led the 'biology and modelling of the cotton crop and pest system' group since 1993.

  • thresholds for emerging pests
  • non-target effects of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • plant compensation
  • host plant resistance (HPR) to pests and disease.


Dr Wilson has led the 'biology and modelling of the cotton crop and pest system' group since 1993. This is a multidisciplinary group including:

  • agronomists
  • crop physiologists
  • modellers
  • entomologists.

Academic qualifications

Dr Wilson holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 1982
  • Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 1992.


Dr Wilson was closely involved in development of the successful bid for both the former Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), 1999-2005, and the new Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, and is currently joint Program Leader for Program 1, 'The Farm'.

He has also supervised several students, including doctoral and masters students.

See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Wilson on the next page.