Dr. Vasily GREBENNIKOV

Research Scientist

Research on beetles posing a risk to Canadian plant resources

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Current research and/or projects

Taxonomy, diagnostics, DNA barcoding, phylogeography and pheromones of phytophagous beetles

Research and/or project statements

My main objects are beetles and other insects, particularly those feeding on plant tissue and thus threatening plant resources. My main research areas are phylogeny, biology, taxonomy, immature stages, phylogeography and DNA barcoding. Geographically I tend to focus on the Old World, since this is the main source of unwanted human-assisted pest invasions to North America.

Education and awards

2016: CFIA President's National Award in "Collaboration - Partnership";

2004: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany;

2003-04: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pretoria, South Africa;

1999: Ph.D. in Entomology, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia;

1994: M.Sc. in Entomology, Rostov-on-Don State University, Russia.

Key publications

Grebennikov V., Jendek, E. & Smirnov Ed. 2017: Diagnostic and phylogenetic utility of the first DNA barcode library for longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Russian Far East. Zootaxa 4276 (3): 441-445.

Grebennikov V. 2016: Flightless Catapionus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae) in Southwest China survive the Holocene trapped on mountaintops: new species, unknown phylogeny and clogging taxonomy. Zootaxa 4205 (3): 243-254.

Grebennikov V. & Morimoto K. 2016: Flightless litter-dwelling Cotasterosoma (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Cossoninae) found outside of Japan, with mtDNA phylogeography of a new species from Southwest China. Zootaxa 4179 (1): 133-138.

Grebennikov V. 2016: The genus Prothrombosternus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae) rediscovered: a male from Rubeho Mountains, Tanzania. Zootaxa 4171 (1): 170-174.

Grebennikov V. & Kolov S. 2016: Flightless Notaris (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Brachycerinae: Erirhinini) in Southwest China: monophyly, mtDNA phylogeography and evolution of habitat associations. Zootaxa 4105 (6): 557-574.

Sweeney J.D., Silk P., Grebennikov V. & Mandelshtam M. 2016: Efficacy of semiochemical-baited traps for detection of Scolytinae species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the Russian Far East. European Journal of Entomology 113 (1): 84-97.

Jendek E., Grebennikov V. & Bocak L. 2015: Undetected for a century: Palaearctic Agrilus ribesi Schaefer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) on currant in North America, with adult morphology, larval biology and DNA barcode. Zootaxa 4034 (1): 112-126.

Jendek E., Grebennikov V. 2011: Agrilus (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) of East Asia. Prague, Jan Farkac, 362 pp.

Konstantinov A.S., Baselga A., Grebennikov V., Prena J., Lingafelter S.W. 2011: Revision of the Palearctic Chaetocnema Species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Pensoft, Sofia, 334 pp.

Grebennikov V. 2010: First Alaocybites weevil (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) from the Eastern Palaearctic: a new microphthalmic species and generic relationships. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 68: 331-365.

Grebennikov V., Leschen R.A.B. 2010: External exoskeletal cavities in Coleoptera and their possible mycangial function. Entomological Science 13: 81–98.

Grebennikov V., Gill B.D., Vigneault R. 2010: Trichoferus campestris (Faldermann) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), an Asia wood-boring beetle recorded in North America. The Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 13–20.

Jendek E., Grebennikov V. 2009: Agrilus sulcicollis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) a new alien species in North America. Canadian Entomologist 141: 236-245.