Dr. Dick Brown

Dr. Hubert Dick Brown. Nationality, South African. Schooling, Durban and Pretoria, Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons) degree, Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1955); D.Sc degree, University of Stellenbosch (1964). Lifelong career as entomologist, specialising in locust and grasshopper research. Internationally known Acridologist specialising in southern African and Madagascar locust management problems.

1. Career details

International Red Locust Control Service, Zambia (1950-54); Division of locust control and research, Middelburg, S.Afr. (1956-1957); Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe (1957); Division of Entomology (1958-1962); Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI), Pretoria (1962-1974, 1981-1998). Seconded to head Pretoria-based Red Locust Control Service (1975-1980). Highest position held in PPRI, Assistant Director and then Programme Manager in privatised Agricultural Research Council. Since 1998, PPRI Honorary Research Associate and locust consultant based in Pretoria. Total of 49 years field experience in locust and grasshopper research in Southern and Central Africa and Madagascar.

2. Experience

Known for introducing innovative field management technologies for locust control in Southern Africa, compatible with global priorities. Has field experience with 5 locusts (ie. brown locust, Locustana pardalina; red locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata; African migratory locust, Locusta migratoria migratorioides; Madagascar migratory locust, Locusta m. capito; and, lastly, southern African desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria flaviventris). Also a grasshopper expert having described numerous new genera and species in the arid regions of Southern Africa.

Has worked in the field in 13 different African countries and additionally in Madagascar. 40 publications to date, encompassing taxonomy, biology, ecology, chemical control, product evaluation, alternative control strategies (baiting & use of bio-insecticides), mapping and forecasting locust outbreaks. Technology transfer and dissemination of locust management information carried out on behalf of FAO, SADC/SARCCUS, USAID, GTZ and DANIDA international organisations, serving as training facilitator in Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. Has carried out consultancies for Botswana, Namibia, South African and Malagasy Governments together with numerous multi-national Chemical Companies. Earlier experience for doctoral project included biological control and integrated pest management of wheat aphids in cereal crops in the Free State Province.

3. Service Record

Served as founder member on the Southern African migratory pest control subcommittee of SADC/SARCCUS (1970-1997). Associate Member Transvaal Museum (1987- ). Since 1995 serving on FAO Pesticide Referee Group Meetings in Rome. Technical advisor on locust trial protocols to the Registrar of agricultural remedies (Act 36/1947) and Scientific Advisor on Locust Policy Committee to the South African and Mozambican National Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries. Invited guest speaker on numerous occasions at congresses, seminars and regional organisations like SADC/SARCCUS.

4. Recent Publications - over past 5 years.


Price RE & Brown HD (1992). Incubation and overwintering in the egg stage of the African migratory locust on the Highveld of South Africa. Bulletin of Entomological Research 82: 235-41.

Bateman RB, Price RE, Müller EJ & Brown HD (1994). Controlling brown locust hopper bands in South Africa with a myco-insecticide spray. Brighton crop protection conference- Pests and Diseases 6A-3, 1994:609-616

Price RE & Brown HD (1997). Locust control by means of selective baiting. In New strategies in Locust Control. Krall, Peveling & Ba Diallo (Eds), Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel/Switzerland, p.209-217

Brown HD & Kieser ME (1997). Locust control with deltamethrin. In New strategies in Locust Control. Krall, Peveling & Ba Diallo (Eds), Birkhauser Verlag, Basel/Switzerland, p.249-250

Price RE, Bateman RP, Brown HD, Butler ET & Muller EJ. 1997 Aerial spray trials against brown locust nymphs in South Africa using oil-based formulations of Metarhizium flavoviride. Crop Protection 16 (4):345-351

4.2. Papers presented at symposia

Brown HD (1994). Recent trends in the chemical control of locusts. Proceedings of the 7th SARCCUS Subcommitteee for Migratory Pest Control, Mbabane, Swaziland. 6-9th June,1994.

Brown HD & Price RE (1996). Myco-insecticide sprays: opening the door for the biological control of locusts in South Africa. Proceedings of the 10th Congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, July 1995, Grahamstown.

Brown HD (1997). The reappearance of the red locust in Southern Africa during 1996. Proceedings of the 10th SARCCUS Subcommittee for Migratory Pest Control, Windhoek, Namibia 2-6 June 1997.

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