Professor Peter Greg started his insect work in cotton when his family were involved in the establishment of cotton in the Gwydir, having grown it for over a decade in the Namoi.
Peter undertook a PhD at ANU and joined UNE as a lecturer in 1981 where he taught the curricula for insect pest management and agricultural ecology for science and agriculture students.
In 1986 Peter established the ‘Helicoverpa Inland Research Group’, which provided phenomenal insights into the ecology of our two favourite moth pests – Helicoverpa punctigera and H. armigera.
He was involved in the development of the original Cotton CRC and had significant roles in the two subsequent ones, becomming the chief scientist of the Cotton Catchment Community CRC in 2006 until its end in 2012, at which point he took on his current role as a Director of EcoKimiko IPM Pty. Ltd.
Peter is well known for his work contributing to the development of Magnet® (which is now a key component in the RMP for Bollgard III, as a substitute for pupae busting especially in southern cotton areas) and there are now similar products in use or development for a range of moth pests in the USA, China, Brazil and South Africa.
Peter has received the CRC Association Excellence in Innovation Award in 2005, the ACGRA Cotton Researcher of the Year award in 2004, and has ~270 publications, 1500 citations and h-index of 23.