Dr Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed

Dr Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Zoology and Entomology

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My general research interests revolves around the study of the behaviour and chemical ecology of social insects. Specifically, I seek to understand pheromone communication and reproductive dominance in bees, ants and termites at the colony, individual and cellular levels. This I do using a wide range of techniques within the fields of analytical chemistry, behavioural and molecular ecology as well as mathematical biology. Besides my main research interests, I am involved in analytical method development for various model systems (plants, insects, microbes), the use of chemotaxonomy as a complimentary taxonomic tool, as well as research into edible insects and entomophagy.

Fields Of Expertise

Chemical Ecology
Pheromone Communication
Reproductive Dominance

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