Maarten Van Helden

Maarten Van Helden

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My main project is the development of Sterile Insect technology for the Sheep Blow Fly (Lucilia cuprina) through a pilot project on Kangaroo island (2021-2027).

From 2016 - 2020 I worked on the impact of the incursion of Russian Wheat Aphid (Diuraphis noxia) in Australia

Smaller projects are focussing on other insect pests and beneficials in Grains.

Before that I worked in France (1997-2016) on IPM in vineyards (Insects, Nematodes and vectored disteases) 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - ongoing Senior Scientist South Australian Research and Development Institute
    1997 - 2016 Associate Professor Bordeaux University France
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Dutch; Flemish Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    German Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1988 - 1995 Wageningen agricultural university Netherlands PhD
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Ward, S. E., Hoffmann, A. A., Van Helden, M., Slavenko, A., & Umina, P. A. (2024). The effects of insecticide seed treatments on the parasitism and predation of Myzus persicae (Homoptera: Aphididae) in canola. Journal of Economic Entomology, 117(1), 102-117.
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    2024 Barton, M. G., Parry, H., Umina, P. A., Binns, M. R., Heddle, T., Hoffmann, A. A., . . . Macfadyen, S. (2024). Application of a Mechanistic Model to Explore Management Strategies for Biological Control of an Agricultural Pest. Agriculture (Switzerland), 14(1), 13 pages.
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    2022 Van Helden, M., Heddle, T., Umina, P. A., & Maino, J. L. (2022). Economic Injury Levels and Dynamic Action Thresholds for Diuraphis noxia (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Australian Cereal Crops. Journal of Economic Entomology, 115(2), 592-601.
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    2022 Ward, S. E., Umina, P. A., Parry, H., Balfour-Cunningham, A., Cheng, X., Heddle, T., . . . Hoffmann, A. A. (2022). Is what you see what you get? The relationship between field observed and laboratory observed aphid parasitism rates in canola fields. Pest Management Science, 78(8), 3596-3607.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2021 Binns, M., Hoffmann, A. A., van Helden, M., Heddle, T., Hill, M. P., Macfadyen, S., . . . Umina, P. A. (2021). Lifecycle of the invasive omnivore, Forficula auricularia, in Australian grain growing environments. Pest Management Science, 77(4), 1818-1828.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2021 Heddle, T., Umina, P. A., van Helden, M., Alhwash, L., Cheng, X., Binns, M., & Hoffmann, A. A. (2021). Life stages of the non-native Ommatoiulus moreleti (Lucas, 1860) (Julida, Julidae) in Australian small grain systems. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 23(4), 429-440.
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    2021 Barton, M., Parry, H., Ward, S., Hoffmann, A. A., Umina, P. A., van Helden, M., & Macfadyen, S. (2021). Forecasting impacts of biological control under future climates: mechanistic modelling of an aphid pest and a parasitic wasp. Ecological Modelling, 457, 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    2021 Van Helden, M., Heddle, T., Proctor, C., Alhwash, L., Wake, B., & Al-Jawahiri, F. (2021). Noncrop Host Plant Associations for Oversummering of Diuraphis noxia in the State of South Australia. Journal of Economic Entomology, 114(6), 2336-2345.
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    2021 Ward, S., Hoffmann, A. A., Van Helden, M., & Umina, P. A. (2021). The effects of insecticide seed treatments on green peach aphid <i>Myzus persicae</i> (Sulzer) (Homoptera: Aphididae) parasitism by <i>Aphidius colemani</i> Viereck (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) and predation by <i>Mallada signatus</i> (Schneider) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae).
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    2020 Ward, S., Van Helden, M., Heddle, T., Ridland, P. M., Pirtle, E., & Umina, P. A. (2020). Biology, ecology and management of Diuraphis noxia (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Australia. Austral Entomology, 59(2), 238-252.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS8
    2020 Heddle, T., Van Helden, M., Nash, M., & Muirhead, K. (2020). Parasitoid communities and interactions with Diuraphis noxia in Australian cereal production systems. BioControl, 65(5), 571-582.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2019 Macfadyen, S., Moradi-Vajargah, M., Umina, P., Hoffmann, A., Nash, M., Holloway, J., . . . Barton, M. (2019). Identifying critical research gaps that limit control options for invertebrate pests in Australian grain production systems. Austral Entomology, 58(1), 9-26.
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    2019 Stuart, O. P., Binns, M., Umina, P. A., Holloway, J., Severtson, D., Nash, M., . . . Hoffmann, A. A. (2019). Morphological and molecular analysis of australian earwigs (Dermaptera) points to unique species and regional endemism in the anisolabididae family. Insects, 10(3), 25 pages.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    2019 Avila, G. A., Davidson, M., Van Helden, M., & Fagan, L. (2019). The potential distribution of the Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia): An updated distribution model including irrigation improves model fit for predicting potential spread. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 109(1), 90-101.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC3
    2016 Piper, M. C., van Helden, M., Court, L. N., & Tay, W. T. (2016). Complete mitochondrial genome of the European Grapevine moth (EGVM) Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Mitochondrial DNA, 27(5), 3759-3760.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2013 Laveau, C., Van Helden, M., Darrieutort, G., Esmenjaud, D., & Demangeat, G. (2013). First detection of Tomato black ring virus (TBRV) in a French vineyard. Journal International des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, 47(3), 191-194.
    Scopus2 WoS2
    2012 Villate, L., Morin, E., Demangeat, G., Van Helden, M., & Esmenjaud, D. (2012). Control of xiphinema index populations by fallow plants under greenhouse and field conditions. Phytopathology, 102(6), 627-634.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS19 Europe PMC11
    2012 Papura, D., Burban, C., van Helden, M., Giresse, X., Nusillard, B., Guillemaud, T., & Kerdelhué, C. (2012). Microsatellite and mitochondrial data provide evidence for a single major introduction for the neartic leafhopper Scaphoideus titanus in Europe. PLoS ONE, 7(5), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS36 Europe PMC16
    2010 Villate, L., Esmenjaud, D., Van Helden, M., Stoeckel, S., & Plantard, O. (2010). Genetic signature of amphimixis allows for the detection and fine scale localization of sexual reproduction events in a mainly parthenogenetic nematode. Molecular Ecology, 19(5), 856-873.
    DOI Scopus38 WoS34 Europe PMC16
    2009 Papura, D., Giresse, X., Chauvin, B., Caron, H., Delmotte, F., & Van Helden, M. (2009). Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the green leafhopper Empoasca vitis Goethe (Homoptera). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9(3), 827-829.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2009 Papura, D., Delmotte, F., Giresse, X., Salar, P., Danet, J. L., Van Helden, M., . . . Malembic-Maher, S. (2009). Comparing the spatial genetic structures of the Flavescence dorée phytoplasma and its leafhopper vector Scaphoideus titanus. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 9(5), 867-876.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS13 Europe PMC8
    2009 Decante, D., Van Leeuwen, C., & Van Helden, M. (2009). Influence of plot characteristics and surrounding vegetation on the intra-plot spatial distribution of Empoasca vitis. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 11(4), 377-388.
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    2008 Villate, L., Fievet, V., Hanse, B., Delemarre, F., Plantard, O., Esmenjaud, D., & Van Helden, M. (2008). Spatial distribution of the dagger nematode Xiphinema index and its associated Grapevine fanleaf virus in French vineyard. Phytopathology, 98(8), 942-948.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS31 Europe PMC6
    2008 Decante, D., & Van Helden, M. (2008). Spatial and temporal distribution of Empoasca vitis within a vineyard. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 10(2), 111-118.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS13
    2006 Papura, D., Giresse, X., Caron, H., Delmotte, F., & Van Helden, M. (2006). Ten polymorphic microsatellite markers for Scaphoideus titanus, the vector of flavescence dorée phytoplasma. Molecular Ecology Notes, 6(4), 1114-1116.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7
    2006 Decante, D., & van Helden, M. (2006). Population ecology of Empoasca vitis (Göthe) and Scaphoideus titanus (Ball) in Bordeaux vineyards: Influence of migration and landscape. Crop Protection, 25(7), 696-704.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS26
    2006 Debras, J. F., Torre, F., Rieux, R., Kreiter, S., Garcin, M. S., Van Helden, M., . . . Dutoit, T. (2006). Discrimination between agricultural management and the hedge effect in pear orchards (south-eastern France). Annals of Applied Biology, 149(3), 347-355.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS17
    1995 van Helden, M., van Heest, H. P. N. F., van Beek, T. A., & Tjallingii, W. F. (1995). Development of a bioassay to test phloem sap samples from lettuce for resistance to Nasonovia ribisnigri (homoptera, aphididae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 21(6), 761-774.
    DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC3
    1994 van Helden, M., Tjallingii, W. F., & van Beek, T. A. (1994). Phloem sap collection from lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.): Methodology and yield. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 20(12), 3173-3190.
    DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC7
    1994 van Helden, M., Tjallingh, W. F., & van Beek, T. A. (1994). Phloem sap collection from lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.): Chemical comparison among collection methods. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 20(12), 3191-3206.
    DOI Scopus40 Europe PMC14
    1993 VAN Helden, M., Tjallingii, W. F., & Dieleman, F. L. (1993). The resistance of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) to Nasonovia ribisnigri: bionomics of N. ribisnigri on near isogenic lettuce lines. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 66(1), 53-58.
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    1993 van Helden, M., & Tjallingii, W. F. (1993). Tissue localisation of lettuce resistance to the aphid Nasonovia ribisnigri using electrical penetration graphs. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 68(3), 269-278.
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    1987 Dijkstra, J., Van Beek, N. A. M., Lohuis, D., van Helden, M., & Meijer, R. (1987). Is a helper factor necessary for infection of cowpea protoplasts with blackeye cowpea mosaic virus?. Netherlands Journal of Plant Pathology, 93(1), 43-47.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2010 Van Helden, M. (2010). Spatial and temporal dynamics of arthropods arthropods in arable fields. In Precision Crop Protection - The Challenge and Use of Heterogeneity (pp. 51-64). Springer Netherlands.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Laveau, C. D., Mary, S., Darrieutort, G., Audeguin, L., Van Helden, M., & van Leeuwen, C. (2019). Impact of Tomato Black Ring Virus (TBRV) on quantitative and qualitative features of Vitis vinifera L. Cv. Merlot and Cabernet franc. In Oeno One Vol. 53 (pp. 161-169). France: VIGNE ET VIN PUBLICATIONS INT, IVES.
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    2018 Laveau, C., Mary, S., Darrieutort, G., Van Leeuwen, C., & Van Helden, M. (2018). Impact of sown fallows on the Xiphinema index populations in different soil types. In E3S Web of Conferences Vol. 50 (pp. 1-4). France: E3S Sciences.
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    2014 Van Helden, M., Laveau, C., Granger, D., & Darrieutort, G. (2014). Monitoring Xiphinema virus vectors to adapt the fallow period in vineyards of gironde. In N. Ollat, & D. Papura (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1045 (pp. 75-82). Bordeaux, FRANCE: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
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    2014 Esmenjaud, D., Demangeat, G., Van Helden, M., & Ollat, N. (2014). Advances in biology, ecology and control of Xiphinema index, the nematode vector of grapevine fan leaf virus. In N. Ollat, & D. Papura (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1045 (pp. 67-74). Bordeaux, FRANCE: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
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    2011 Esmenjaud, D., Demangeat, G., Ollat, N., Bouquet, A., & Van Helden, M. (2011). Nematode-resistant rootstocks as a major component of the management alternative for Grapevine Fanleaf virus control in grape. In M. Griesser, & A. Forneck (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 904 (pp. 111-115). Vienna, AUSTRIA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
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    2011 Rochard, J., Herbin, C., Mercier, F., Van Helden, M., Guenser, J., & Fauchadour, M. (2011). Biodiversity management in viticulture landscapes Demonstrating project LIFE+ BioDiVine. In CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol. 1152 (pp. 743-748).
    2007 Papura, D., Van-Helden, M., Giresse, X., Salar, P., Danet, J. L., Foissac, X., & Malembic-Maher, S. (2007). Genetic structure of Scaphoideus titanus populations and genetic diversity of the epidemic strains of "flavescence dorée" phytoplasma: The situation in France. In Bulletin of Insectology Vol. 60 (pp. 333-334). Bologna, ITALY: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM, UNIV BOLOGNA.
    Scopus2 WoS2
    1996 Febvay, G., Rahbé, Y., & Van Helden, M. (1996). MacStylet, software to analyse electrical penetration graph data on the Macintosh. In Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata Vol. 80 (pp. 105-108). Wiley.
    DOI Scopus32

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