Mason, Peter, Ph.D.

Program Representative and Research Scientist


Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1908
Fax: 613-759-1926
Email: peter.mason@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • canola pests
  • cereal pests
  • biodiversity of parasitoids and predators in field crops
  • host range assessment of insect parasitoids
  • national insect quarantine facility
  • biological control of agricultural pests
  • host-insect parasitoid ecology
  • cabbage seedpod weevil
  • insect taxonomy
  • systematics of insects and arachnids
  • european corn borer
  • flea beetles
  • bertha armyworm
  • diamondback moth
  • lygus plant bugs
  • insect biological control agent evaluation
  • wheat midge

Current Projects:

  • Assess Interactions and Impacts Between Invasive Alien Species, Agricultural Practices and Arthropod Biodiversity
  • Biological Control of the Soybean Aphid, Aphis glycines, in Soybean
  • Discover, develop and implement arthropor agents for biological control of arthorod pests and weeds.
  • Ensure the Safety of Biological Control Agents entering Canada

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • Corrigan, J., Gillespie, D.R., De Clerck-Floate, R.A., and Mason, P.G. (2013). "Lythrum salicaria L., Purple Loosestrife (Lythraceae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Chapter 54, pp. 363-366.
  • Gillespie, D.R. and Mason, P.G. (2013). "Invasive alien species and future biological control targets.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Chapter 71, pp. 474-484.
  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Dosdall, L.M., Gillespie, D.R., Gibson, G.A.P., and Kuhlmann, U. (2013). "Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (Marsham), cabbage seedpod weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, pp. 119-129.
  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Dosdall, L.M., Gillespie, D.R., Gibson, G.A.P., and Kuhlmann, U. (2013). "Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (Marsham), Cabbage Seedpod Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Chapter 16, pp. 119-129.
  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Kuhlmann, U. (2013). "Progress and problems in host specificity testing of arthropod biological control agents.", in Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Vincent, C. (eds.) - Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods. Pucón, Chile, March 4-8, 2013, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), Chile and Universidad de Chile.
  • Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (Eds.) (2013). Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012., CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK. (Book)
  • Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Miall, J.H., and Bennett, A.M.R. (2013). "Diadromus pulchellus in North America: field release against leek moth and new characters to distinguish it from Diadromus subtilicornis, a native diamondback moth parasitoid.", Biocontrol Science and Technology, 23(3), pp. 260-276. doi : 10.1080/09583157.2012.755613
  • Mason, P.G., Kabaluk, J.T., Spencer, B., and Gillespie, D.R. (2013). "Regulation of biological control in Canada.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, pp. 1-5.
  • Murdoch, V.J., Cappuccino, A.A., and Mason, P.G. (2013). "The effects of periodic warming on the survival and fecundity of Diadromus pulchellus during long-term storage.", Biocontrol Science and Technology, 23(2), pp. 211-219. doi : 10.1080/09583157.2012.748183
  • Smith, A., Fernández-Triana, J.L., Eveleigh, E.S., Gómez, J., Guclu, C., Hallwachs, W., Hebert, P.D.N., Hrcek, J., Huber, J.T., Janzen, D.H., Mason, P.G., Miller, S., Quicke, D.L.J., Rodriguez, J.J., Rougerie, R., Shaw, M.R., Várkonyi, G., Ward, D.F., Whitfield, J.B., and Zaldívar-Riverón, A. (2013). "DNA barcoding and the taxonomy of Microgastrinae wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae): impacts after 8 years and nearly 20 000 sequences.", Molecular Ecology Resources, 13(2), pp. 168-176. doi : 10.1111/1755-0998.12038

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2016

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)

2015

  • Cossentine, J.E., Blatt, S.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., and Gariepy, T.D. (2015). "Understanding parasitism of Dasineura mali (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Canadian apple orchards.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Quebec and Canada, Montréal, Québec, Canada, November 2015. (Poster)
  • Cossentine, J.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Fraser, H.M., Grigg-McGuffin, K., Appleby, M.E., Gariepy, T.D., Blatt, S.E., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., and Hueppelsheuser, T. (2015). "Apple Leaf Curling Midge: Identifying the Natural Enemy Complex.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February 2015.
  • Mason, P.G., Cock, M.J.W., Barratt, B.I.P., van Lenteren, J.C., and Brodeur, J. (2015). "Biological control as a tool for mitigating the impacts of invasive alien species.", Expert Meeting on Alien Species in Wildlife Trade: experiences in the use of biological control agents and development if decision support tools for management of invasive alien species, Montréal, Québec, Canada, October 28-30, 2015, pp. 31.

2014

  • Cossentine, J.E., Blatt, S.E., Mason, P.G., Franklin, J.L., Brauner, A.M., Robertson, M.C., Appleby, M.E., Grigg-McGuffin, K., Fraser, H.M., Hueppelsheuser, T., and Gariepy, T.D. (2014). "Adventures in moving. The challenges in introducing a classical biological control agent into other provinces.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014.
  • Cossentine, J.E., Blatt, S.E., Mason, P.G., Franklin, J.L., Brauner, A.M., Robertson, M.C., Appleby, M.E., Grigg-McGuffin, K., Fraser, H.M., Hueppelsheuser, T., and Gariepy, T.D. (2014). "Adventures in moving: The challenges in introducing a classical biological control agent into other provinces.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, Poster Presentation.
  • Fernández, D.C., Cárcamo, H.A., Laird, R.A., Mason, P.G., Otani, J.K., and Lachance, S. (2014). "Ecological interactions between lygus bugs and Peristenus: an approach in southern Alberta.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014.
  • Fernandez, C., Carcamo, H., Cárcamo, H.A., Laird, R.A., Mason, P.G., Otani, J.K., and Lachance, S. (2014). "Ecological interactions between lygus bugs and Peristenus: an approach in southern Alberta.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, pp. 37.
  • Vincent, C., Mason, P.G., and Gillespie, D.R. (2014). "La lutte biologique au Canada.", Conférence à l’Unité de recherche FRE 3498-Ecologie et Dynamiques des Systèmes Anthropisés (EDYSAN), Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, 20 février 2014. (Presentation)
  • Vincent, C., Mason, P.G., and Gillespie, D.R. (2014). "Portrait de la lutte biologique au Canada.", Académie d’Agriculture de France, Paris, France, 5 février 2014. (Presentation)

2013

  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Kuhlmann, U. (2013). "Progress and problems in host specificity testing of arthropod biological control agents.", 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 4-8, 2013, in Mason, P.G. Gillespie, D.R. and Vincent, C. Vincent (Eds.), 380 p., pp. 8-10.
  • Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Jian, J.D. (2013). "Risk assessment in arthropod biological control: Where are we?", 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 4-8, 2013, in Mason, P.G. Gillespie, D.R. and Vincent, C. Vincent (Eds.), 380 p., pp. 1-2.
  • Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Vincent, C. (2013). "Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods.", 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 4-8, 2013, 380 pages.
  • Mason, P.G., Gillespie, D.R., and Vincent, C. (2013). "Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods (380 pages).", 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucón, Chile, March 4-8, 2013.

2012

  • Abram, P.K., Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Cappuccino, A.A., Boivin, G., and Kuhlmann, U. (2012). "La biologie de Synopeas myles, un parasitoïde de la cécidomyie du chou, Contarinia nasturtii, en Europe.", 139e réunion annuelle de la Société d’entomologie du Québec, Boucherville, QC, Canada, November 1-2, 2012.
  • Abram, P.K., Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Cappuccino, N., Boivin, G., and Kuhlmann, U. (2012). "The biology of Synopeas myles, a parasitoid of the swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #2. (Abstract)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Floate, K.D., and Mason, P.G. (2012). "Biocontrol Data: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Mason, P.G., and Floate, K.D. (2012). "Agriculture Information and IAS Management National Invasive Species Forum.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Bourchier, R.S., Mason, P.G., and Floate, K.D. (2012). "Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Invasive Species.", National Invasive Species Forum, Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 28-March 1, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Haye, T., Hohman, L., Zhang, J.X., Gillespie, D.R., Mason, P.G., and Gariepy, T.D. (2012). "Egg parasitism of brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, in China and Europe and implications for biological control.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #79. (Abstract)
  • Mason, P.G. (2012). "Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America's Great Forests. Nikiforuk, A. 2011. Greystone Books, D & M Publishers Inc., Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley, co-published with the David Suzuki Foundation, 230 pp. ISBN 978-1-55365-510-7. Book Review.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 44, pp. 55-56.
  • Mason, P.G. (2012). Canada country report. Report to the North American Plant Protection Organization Biological Control Panel, Newark, Delaware, USA (February 29-March 1, 2012). (Report)
  • Mason, P.G. (2012). Release of Diadromus pulchellus for Biological Control of Leek Moth in Canada. PRR10-030 Progress Report, March 31, 2012, 172 pp. (Report)
  • Mason, P.G. and Brauner, A.M. (2012). "Biological control programs against invasive pests.", 10th Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC 2012), Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February 22-23, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Mason, P.G. and Brauner, A.M. (2012). "The leek moth in Canada: an IPM solution.", Garlic Grower Workshop, Carp, ON, Canada, February 17, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Mason, P.G. and Brauner, A.M. (2012). "Update on leek moth research.", can, Woodstock OMAFRA Office, Woodstock, NB, March 24, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Mason, P.G., Floate, K.D., Brooks, S.E., Buddle, C.M., and Bennett, R.G. (2012). "Cambridge University Press – ESC’s new partner for publication of The Canadian Entomologist.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 44(1), pp. 36.
  • Mason, P.G., Haye, T., Gillespie, D.R., Miall, J.H., Gibson, G.A.P., Dosdall, L.M., Kuhlmann, U., and Bouchard, P. (2012). "Risk assessment of biocontrol agents: the case of cabbage seedpod weevil, Ceutorhynchus obstrictus.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #126. (Abstract)
  • Mason, P.G., Haye, T., Gillespie, D.R., Miall, J.H., Gibson, G.A.P., Kuhlmann, U., and Bouchard, P. (2012). "Environmental risk assessment of biological control agents in Canada: the cabbage seedpod weevil, Ceutorhynchus obstrictus, case study.", 24th International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2012) and International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) Global Symposium, Daegu, South Korea, August 19-25, 2012. (Presentation)

2011

  • Mason, P.G., Haye, T., Gillespie, D.R., Dosdall, L.M., Kuhlmann, U., Broadbent, A.B., and Gibson, G.A.P. (2011). "Parasitoid communities of cabbage seedpod weevil: are native species enough?", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Acadian Entomological Society, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Mason, P.G., Weiss, R.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2011). "Predicting insect distributions: CLIMEX as a tool, Better Models – Better Asessments: The Use of Models in Plant Health and Biotechnology Risk Assessment.", Plant and Biotechnology Risk Assessment Unit, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Workshop, Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 22-23, 2011.
  • Peach, D.A.H., Abram, P.K., Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Cappuccino, N., Boivin, G., and Kuhlmann, U. (2011). "Is more really merrier? Superparasitism of swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii by Synopeas myles.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011.

2010

  • Mason, P.G. (2010). "Fang-Ho Wan, Jian-Ying Guo, and Feng Zhang: Research on biological invasions in China. Science Press, Beijing, 2009, ISBN 978-7-03-025799-4 (Book Review).", Biological Invasions, 13(2), pp. 527-529.

2009

  • Broadbent, A.B., Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Appleby, M.E., Fisher, P., Fraser, H., and Kuhlmann, U. (2009). "Classical Biocontrol of Tarnished Plant Bug in Strawberries.", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Biological Control Seminar, Guelph, ON, Canada, March 4, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Broadbent, A.B., Mason, P.G., and Haye, T. (2009). "Implementing biological control of Lygus lineolaris in strawberries in Ontario, Canada.", Journal of Insect Science, 8(49). (Abstract)
  • Cass, L. and Mason, P.G. (2009). "An Integrated Approach to Management of Leek Moth.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC), Pesticide Risk Reduction Program/Programme de réduction des risques liés aux pesticides, pp. 1-2. (Technology transfer)
  • Gillespie, D.R., Mason, P.G., Haye, T., Jenner, W.H., Andreassen, L.D., Broadbent, A.B., Holliday, N.J., and Kuhlmann, U. (2009). "Defining non-target communities in Canadian arthropod biological control programs: approaches and solutions.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009. (Poster)
  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., Broadbent, A.B., Appleby, M.E., Fisher, P., Fraser, H., and Kuhlmann, U. (2009). "Can Boundary Habitats Contribute to Control of Tarnished Plant Bug?", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Biological Control Seminar, Guelph, ON, Canada, March 4, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Haye, T., Mason, P.G., and Broadbent, A.B. (2009). "Plant bug parasitoid established in Ontario strawberry production areas.", Ontario Berry Grower, 2009(January), pp. 5.
  • Mason, P.G., Broadbent, A.B., Haye, T., Appleby, M.E., Fisher, P., Fraser, H., and Kuhlmann, U. (2009 Internal). Reduced Risk management for Lygus Bugs in Ontario Strawberry. Final Project Report to ‘Improving Farming Systems Program’, AAFC Pest Management Centre, April 30, 2009. (Report)
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