Dr. Peter Mason

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Research Scientist

Dr. Peter G. Mason is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Ottawa, Canada. The focus of his research is invasive alien species and classical biological control with particular emphasis on host-range assessment and non-target impacts of parasitoids. This research has been central to formulating a science-based response to a changing regulatory environment for biological control agents worldwide. 

Key publications

  1. Cock C, Mason PG, Cappuccino N (2021) Host range testing parameters for Diadromus collaris. Pest Management Research Report - 2020 Growing Season. Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. April 2021. Report No. 05. Vol. 59: 13–17.

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  2. Moffat, C.E., R.S. Bourchier, R.A. De Clerck-Floate, P.G. Mason, and D.J. Ensing. 2021. How do we know biocontrol agents are safe? An overview of the Canadian research and regulatory process for new biocontrol agents. British Columbia Invasive Species Council. Invasives 2021 Conference (virtual). 9 Februrary, 2021.

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  3. Fernandez-Triana, J., Douglas, H., Huber, J.T., Brunke, A., Lonsdale, O., Sinclair, B., Landry, J-F, Gibson, G., O'Hara, J.E., Bennett, A.M.R., and Mason, P. 2020. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: update for AAFC Biological Control Working Group. 1–4.

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  4. Cossentine, J.E., Brauner, A.M., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., Buhl, P.N., Blatt, S., Gariepy, T.D., Fraser, H., Appleby, M., Grigg-Mcguffin, K., Mason, P.G. (2020). Parasitism and phenology of Dasineura mali (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Canadian apple (Rosaceae) orchards, http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2020.15

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  5. Mason PG (2019) Biological control of invasive alien species in the Anthropocene. 21st International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, , Special session: Integrating Invasion Science and Management across Realms: Learning from Terrestrial, Marine and Freshwater Experiences, Montréal, Québec, 27-31 October, 2019.

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  6. Mason PG (2019) The state of biological control in Canada. Gold Medal Address, Entomological Society of Canada-Acadian Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 18-21 August 2019.

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  7. Mason P, Bennett A (2019). Access and Benefit Sharing Update for AAFC Biological Control Working Group, 17 August 2019, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 3p.

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  8. P.K. Abram, E.J. Talamas, S. Acheampong, P.G. Mason, and T.D. Gariepy (2019). First detection of the samurai wasp, Trissolcus japonicus (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) in Canada. Journal of Hymenoptera Research (in press).

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  9. Mason PG (2019) Biological control of weeds in the Anthropocene: Why has introducing new agents become so challenging? In: HL Hinz, M-C Bon, G Bourdôt, M Cristofaro, G Desurmont, D Kurose, H Müller-Schärer, M Rafter, U Schaffner, M Seier, RFH Sforza, L Smith, S Stutz, S Thomas, P Weyl, R Winston (Eds), Proceedings of the XV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, Engelberg, Switzerland, pp. 191–199. https://www.ibiocontrol.org/proceedings/.

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  10. Mason PG, Bennett AMR, Fraleigh B (2018) Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing Affects Entomology in Canada. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada 50: 120–126.

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  11. The pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii is currently the most important pest of pepper crops in North America where it poses a high risk to the cultivation of peppers. To address the current need for new management tools for the pepper weevil, we have initiated a research project which aims to identify the natural enemies associated with the immature life stages of the pest in Canada. From work conducted in 2016, parasitoids belonging to three hymenopteran families including Pteromalidae (Jaliscoa hunteri Crawford, Pteromalus anthonomi Ashmead), Eupelmidae (Eupelmus pulchriceps Cameron) and Braconidae (Nealiolus spp., Bracon spp.) were reared out from field-collected peppers, some of whom represent new records of species able to target the pepper weevil. Together with other ongoing research initiatives, these new natural enemy records may provide opportunities for the development of novel tools for the management of the pepper weevil in North America.

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  12. Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R. and Vincent C. (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Langkawi, Malaysia 11-15 September 2017, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK, 366p.

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  13. Mason PG, De Clerck-Floate RA, Gallant B, Gillespie DR, Floate K, Bourchier R, Douglas H, Vincent C, Boivin G (2017) Guide for the Importation and Release of Arthropod Biological Control Agents in Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada A42-122/2017E.

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  14. Konopka, J.K., Haye, T., Gariepy, T., Mason, P., Gillespie, D., McNeil, J.N. (2017). An exotic parasitoid provides an invasional lifeline for native parasitoids, 7(1), 277-284. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2577

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  15. Vincent, C., Boyetchko, S.M., Gariepy, T.D., and Mason, P.G. (2016). "La lutte biologique: principes, mode d’emploi, verrous et non-dits.", In Symposium «La lutte biologique: regards transatlantiques» (O. Carisse, C. Vincent, C. Regnault-Roger orgs.), Académie d’Agriculture de France, Paris, France, 9 mars 2016. (Presentation)

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  16. Cossentine, J.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Gariepy, T.D., Fraser, H.M., Pate, E., Blatt, S.E., Robertson, M.C., and Franklin, J.L. (2016). "Parasitism of Apple Leaf Curling Midge in Canadian Apple Orchards.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention 2016, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February, 2016.

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  17. Vincent, C., Carisse, O., and Mason, P.G. (2016). "Integrated pest management practices, ecological services and agroecosystem resilience.", Workshop “Making Agro-Ecosystems More Resilient”, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada, June 6, 2016. (Presentation)

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  18. Blackman, C.K., Cappuccino, N., Mason, P.G. (2016). First Record of Lilioceris lilii (Scopoli) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) on Lilium michiganense Farwell and Confirmation of Its Association with Streptopus lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal (Liliaceae), 70(3), 482-484. http://dx.doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-70.3.482

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  19. Ma, B.L., A. Herath, W. Wu, and P. Mason. 2016. Canola: A made-in-Canada crop – research strategies towards sustainable canola production. Poster presentation at the Ottawa Doors Open event. Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Jun 5.

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  20. Cossentine, J.E, Mason, PG, Brauner, AM, Gariepy, TD, Fraser, HM, Pate, E, Blatt, SE, Robertson, MC and Franklin, JL. 2016. Parasitism of apple leaf curling midge in Canadian apple orchards. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February

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Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Canada

Language

English