Dr. Michelle Franklin

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Research Scientist

Entomology and integrated pest management of berry crops.

Current research and/or projects

  • Resistance of new raspberry and blueberry selections to key arthropod pests.

Research and/or project statements

Key Publications

Janmaat, A., Franklin, M.T., and J.H. Myers (2015). Bt resistance of cabbage loopers, Trichoplusia ni in a greenhouse setting: occurrence, costs, spread, and management (Chapter 5) in M. Soberon and A. Bravo, eds. Bt Resistance. CABI Biotechnology Series, EU.

Franklin, M.T., Myers, J.H., and J.S. Cory (2014). Genetic similarity of island populations of tent caterpillars during successive outbreaks. PLoS One, 9: e96679.

Vines, T.H., Albert, A.Y.K., Andrew, R.L., Debarre, F., Bock, D.G, Franklin, M.T., Gilbert, K.J., Moore, J.S., Renaut, S., and D. Rennison (2014). The availability of research data declines rapidly with article age. Current Biology. 24: 1-4.

Vines, T.H., Andrew, R.L., Bock, D.G., Franklin, M.T., Gilbert, K.J., Kane, N.C., Moore, J.S., Moyers, B.T., Renaut, S., Rennison, D.J., Veen. T., and S. Yeaman (2013). Mandated data archiving greatly improves access to research data. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 10.1096/fj.12-218164.

Gilbert, K.J., Andrew, R.L., Bock, D.G., Franklin, M.T., Kane, N., Moore, J.S., Moyer, B.T., Renaut, S., Rennison, D., Veen, T., and T.H. Vines (2012) Recommendations for utilizing and reporting population genetic analyses: the reproducibility of genetic clustering using the program STRUCTURE. Molecular Ecology. 21: 4925-4930.

Cory, J.S. and M.T. Franklin (2012) Evolution and Microbial Controls (Review). Evolutionary Applications, 5: 455-469.

Franklin, M.T., Ritland, C.E., Myers, J.H., and J.S. Cory (2012) Multiple mating and family structure of the Western Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma californicum: impact on disease resistance. PLoS ONE, 7: e37472.

Franklin, M.T., Ritland, C.E., and J.H. Myers (2011) Genetic analysis of cabbage loopers, Trichoplusia ni (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), a seasonal migrant in western North America. Evolutionary Applications, 4: 89-99

Franklin, M.T., Ritland, C.E., and J.H. Myers (2010) Spatial and temporal changes in genetic structure of greenhouse and field populations of cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni. Molecular Ecology, 19: 1122-1133.

Professional activities / interests

  • President, Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (2020/2021)

Education and awards

Education:

PhD (Ecology and Evolution), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

BSc, Environmental Science, Biology Stream, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Award: 

NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, Colleges (2020) 

 

Key publications

  1. Franklin, M.T., Weiss, R., Bouchard, P., Uriel, Y., Hann. S., & M. Vankosky. 2023. Improving the search: using climate analysis to guide surveillance to delimit the range of the invasive strawberry blossom weevil. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. October 15-18, 2023.

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  2. McPherson, J., Uriel, Y., Mattsson, J., Kannangara, S., Furtado, K., Zdanowicz, G., Dossett, M., Brunet, B., & M. Franklin. Detection of aphid-transmitted plant viruses in highbush blueberry in British Columbia. Professional Pest Management of British Columbia Annual Meeting. Langley, British Columbia, Canada. March 1, 2024.

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  3. Furtado, K., van Herk, W., & M.T. Franklin. 2024. Development of new species specific wireworm identification tools to support field-based pest management decisions in Canada. Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia Annual Meeting. Langley, British Columbia, Canada, March 1, 2024.

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  4. Moffat, C.E. et al. 2024. Federal update on current targets for biological control in British Columbia. Invasives 2024 ISCBC Annual Forum and AGM New Westminster 2024/02/26 - 2024/02/29.

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  5. Brunet, B.M.T., Bosnich, D., Duwal, R., & M. Franklin. 2024. Species complexes and taxonomic uncertainty: defining the limits of the aphid, Ericaphis fimbriata. 6th BC Berries Research Review, February 23, 2024.

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  6. Franklin, M.T., Uriel, Y., McPherson, J., & B. Brunet. 2024. What's new! Development of aphid virus detection tools and updates on cultivar susceptibility screening. 6th BC Berries Research Review - Recapping the 2018-2023 and looking ahead to 2024-2028. Virtual Meeting, Feb 23, 2024.

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  7. P.K. Abram, M. Franklin, T. Hueppelsheuser, and J. Carrillo (2024). Update on parasitic wasps attacking spotted wing Drosophila larvae in BC. BC Berries Research Review, February 23, 2024 (virtual oral extension presentation).

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  8. Franklin, M.T., Hueppelsheuser, T., & Y. Uriel. 2024. Strawberry blossom weevil - what we have learned. Lower Mainland Horticultural Conference. Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Jan 25- 28, 2024.

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  9. Franklin, M.T., McPherson, J., Uriel, Y., & B. Brunet. 2024. First steps in the management of aphid mediated virus transmission. Pacific Northwest Blueberry Virus Workshop. Virtual. Jan 16, 2024.

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  10. Franklin, M.T. November 2023. Strawberry blossom weevil is on the radar of Canadian berry growers. The Grower, 73(11), page 22.

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  11. McPherson, J., Uriel, Y., Mattsson, J., Kannangara, S., Dossett, M., Zdanowicz, G., Brunet, B., & M.T. Franklin. 2023. Understanding aphid-based transmission of blueberry scorch virus in highbush blueberries in British Columbia. Western Forum on Pest Management 2023.

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  12. Franklin, M.T., McConkey, A., Uriel, Y., Gibson, G., Bouchard, P., Hueppelsheuser, T., & T. Haye. Updates on the surveillance and management of strawberry blossom weevil. Western Forum Research Report 2023.

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  13. Breen, J., Uriel, Y., Sokal, N., Theilmann, D., & M.T. Franklin. 2023. Exploring a baculovirus-based biopesticide for control of blackheaded fireworm, Rhopobota naevana in cranberry. Western Forum Research Reports BC 2023.

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  14. Furtado, K., van Herk, W., Gries, G., & M.T. Franklin. 2023. Molecular method for the identification of invasive and native Agriotes species (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada. Western Forum Research Report BC 2023.

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  15. Penno, A., Ferguson, R., Nelson, T., Moffat, C., Huber, D., and M.T. Franklin. 2023. Using digital records to assess insect pest threats to wild and cultivated Vaccinium species in Canada. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada. Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Oct 15-18, 2023.

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  16. Franklin, M. 2023. Strawberry blossom weevil: a new berry pest to North America. Canadian Greenhouse Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. October 4-5, 2023.

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  17. Wang, K., Carrillo, J., Franklin, M. & T. Kabaluk. 2023. Historical trends in cranberry pest populations and their dependence on key climate variables. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia. Sept 15-16, 2023.

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  18. McPherson, J., Uriel, Y., Mattsson, J., Kannangara, S., Zdanowicz, G., Dossett, M., Brunet, B. & M. Franklin. 2023. Understanding aphid mediated virus transmission in highbush Blueberry in British Columbia. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia. Sept 15-16, 2023.

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  19. Boisclair-Joly, S., Fernandez-Triana, J.L., Abram, P.K., & M.T. Franklin. Canadian agricultural pests and their natural enemies: first steps in compiling a compendium of VIPs (Very Important Parasitoids). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia. Sept 15-16, 2023.

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  20. MacDonald JL, Franklin MT, Hann S, Makela K. 2023. A more inclusive biovigilance approach to pest management: Case study of the strawberry blossom weevil and implications for plant disease monitoring strategies. The Canadian Tri-Societies Meeting: Agroecosystem Resiliency Under a Changing Climate. Ottawa ON, Canada. 20 June 2023.

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Research facility

6947 Highway 7
PO Box 1000
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A2
Canada

Affiliations

  • Entomological Society of British Columbia
  • Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia
  • Canadian Council on Invasive Species

Language

English