Dr. Wahizatul Afzan Azmi

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Lecturer in Entomology

B.Sc., 2001, Universiti Sains Malaysia
M.Sc., 2005, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ph.D, 2012, University of Adelaide

Contact Details

Level 4, SMES Building
School of Marine and Environmental Sciences
21030 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu

Tel: +609 – 6683751
Fax: +609 – 6683193
E-mailwahizatul@umt.edu.my

Research Interest

My research interests are mainly on the systematic, diversity and ecology of insects, pest and disease management and environmental biology. My area of specialization are analyzing and quantifying of biodiversity and community structure of insects, and also insects-plant interactions, especially on Coleopteran pests. My current research involving the development of molecular, systematic and biology of new invasive coconut pest, Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) on coconut palms, and investigation on alternative control strategy of this pest weevil using proteomic profiling of digestive fluid and evaluation of entomopathogenic fungi as bio-control agent. The key strategy in the research activities is to give a better understanding on the taxonomy, biology and ecology of the new pest weevil on coconut palms, as well as to investigate the potential of indigenous entomopathogenic fungi, which will be the first step to discovery the potential control strategy of the species. The outcomes from this research will provide information for the effective formulation to control this new coconut pest using both biological and chemical pest management, so that the necessary measure can be taken to prevent its further spread.

Current Project(s)

Title : Evaluation of the entomopathogenic fungi against the invasive coconut pest, red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)
Position: Leader
Grant name & amount received: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships 2014; RM 30,000.00
Project Period: 1/12/14 → 30/11/16

Title : Pollination Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Stingless Bees, Heterotrigona itama (Hymenoptera: Apidae) as Alternative Pollinator of Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae Crops for Future Use in Agriculture
Position: Leader
Grant name & amount received: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS); RM 120,000.00
Project Period: 1/07/14 → 30/06/16

Title : Antioxidative Defence Mechanism of Cononut (Cocos nucifera) Against the Invasive Coconut Pest, Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugienus Olivier)
Position: Co-researcher
Grant name & amount received: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS); RM 112,000.00
Project Period: 1/07/14 → 30/06/16

Title : Differential proteomics approach in elucidating the mechanisms of palm trees (i.e. oil palm and coconut) defences against infestation of the palm pest Red Palm
Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) for crops protection
Position: Co-researcher
Grant name & amount received: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS); RM 87,000.00
Project Period: 1/12/13 → 30/11/15

Title : Evaluation of Pheromone Synergists Using Kairomone-releasing Food Baits and Synthetics Palm Ester in Pheromone Mass Trapping System for Management of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera:Curculionidae) in Coconut Palm Plantations
Position: Leader
Grant name & amount received: Research Acculturation Collaborative Effort (RACE); RM 44,000.00
Project Period: 1/12/12 → 30/05/15

Title : Isolation of virulent isolates of entomopathogenic fungi against the invasive coconut pest, red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus; Curculionidae; Coleoptera)
Position: Leader
Grant name & amount received: E-Science Fund; RM 130,650.00
Project Period: 1/11/12 → 30/04/15

Title : Molecular and Morphometric Identification and Biology of New Invasive Red Stripe Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus spp.) on Coconut Palms
Position: Leader
Grant name & amount received: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS); RM 120,000.00
Project Period: 1/01/11 → 30/06/13

 Graduate Students

 Postgraduates:

  • GRACE LEE ERN LIN, PhD in Microbiology. Isolation of virulent isolates of entomopathogenic fungi against the invasive coconut pest, red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus; Curculionidae; Coleoptera). (2013-present).
  • YONG KAH WAI, Master in Zoology, Molecular and Morphometric Identification and Biology of New Invasive Red Stripe Palm Weevil (Coleoptera : Curculionidae : Rhynchophorus spp.) on Coconut Palm. (2012-present).
  • AINATUN NADRAH ZULKEFLI, Master in Biochemistry, Investigation on Alternative Control Strategy on Invasive Red Palm Weevil on Coconut Palm Using Proteomic Profiling of Digestive Fluid from the Larvae of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera : Curculinidae). (2012-present).
  • ROZIAH BINTI GHAZI, Master in Ecology, Pollination efficiency and honey nutritional assessment of the honey bee Apis mellifera (Hymenoptere : Apidea) in Melaleuca cajuputi and Acacia plantation area (2012-present).
  • MOHAMMAD HARIS HUSSAIN, Master in Ecology. Evaluation of Pheromone Synergists Using Kairomone-releasing Food Baits and Synthetic Palm Esters in Pheromone Mass Trapping System for the Management of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Oil Palm Plantation in Terengganu. (2013-present).
  • PONG KUAN KIN, Master in Microbiology. The Occurrence and Distribution of Entomopathogenic Fungi Associated with Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE) INFESTATION. (2013-present).
  • NUR AIN FARHAH ROS SAIDON KHUDRI. Master in Zoology. Surveillance and Eearly Detection of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (INSECTA: COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE) Iin Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Oil Palm Plantations in Terengganu. (2013-present)

 

Undergraduates:

September 2012/2013 (All Completed)

  • Pong Kuan Kin. Isolation of fungi associated with Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae). (2010-2013)
  • Ain Nabilah Zainudin. Isolation of microbes from digestive fluid of Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae). (2010-2013)
  • Nur Ain Farhah Ros Saidon Khudri. Influence of pheromone-based mass trapping system on the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae)in selected oil palm plantations of Terengganu. (2010- 2013)
  • Nang Mirahinu Long Shula. The efficacy of modified pheromone trap and synthetic food bait in capturing Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae). (2010- 2013)
  • Arfatin Shafizah Arshad. Proteomic profiling of digestive fluid from larvae of Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae) reared on coconut palm. (2010-2013)
  • Nurul Ain Aqilla Wan Mustaffa. Proteomic profiling of digestive fluid from larvae of Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae) reared on sago palm. (2010-2013)
  • Siti Aisyah Mohd. Yunus. Genetic variation of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in selected areas of Terengganu. (2010-2013).
  • Nursyafida Abd. Karim. Reproductive performance of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on different food diets. (2010-2013)
  • Siti Nurziana Bt. Md. Saleh. Synthesis of pheromone of the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). (2010-2013)
  • Nur Syuhadah Zulqurnain. Pollination efficiency of stingless bees (Hymenoptera: Apiidae: Trigona sp.)in fruit orchard of Besut, Terengganu. (2010—2013)
  • Farahiyah Aziz Munir. Comparison of pollination efficiency of honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apiidae: Apis mellifera) between mangrove area and fruit orchard in Terengganu. (2010-2013).

 

July 2011/2012 (All Completed)

  • Hoon Ai Geok. The Use of Aquatic Insect Communities as Bioindicator of Some Freshwater Streams in Terengganu. (2009-2012).
  • Angela Wong Siew Yeung. Morphometry Analysis of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus  (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). (2009-2012).
  • Yong Kah Wai. Life Cycle and Growth Performance of the Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus  (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Coconut Diet. (2009-2012).
  • Roziah binti Ghazi. The Importance of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) as Pollinator Agent for Mangrove Community of Setiu Wetland, Terengganu. (2009-2012).
  • Norfarizan binti Kamarudin. The Composition and Diversity of Dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) Community in Some Coastal Areas of Terengganu. (2009-2012).

July 2006/2007 (All Completed)

  • Siti Badariah Binti Jemain. The Abundance and Diversity of Butterfly Communities (Insecta: Lepidoptera) in Sungai Tersat, Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu. (2004-2007).
  • Fairos Binti Abdul Rahim. The Composition and Diversity of Dragonfly Communities (Insecta: Odonata) in Sungai Tersat, Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu. (2004-2007).
  • Rohaina Binti Che Man. The Abundance and Diversity of Dragonfly Communities (Insecta: Odonata) in Tumpat Delta, Kelantan. (2004-2007).
  • Shahzom Hanum Binti Safar. Toxicity Effect of Capsicum frutescens Extract on Third Instar of Aedes Aegypti  Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). (2004-2007).
  • Sri Shasita A/P Ratnam. Comparison of Effects between Extracts of Tinospora tuberculata and Lumnitzera racemosa against Aedes aegypti Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). (2004-2007).
  • Siti Fatimah binti Ariffin. Toxicity Effect of Cymbopogon nardus Crude Extract on Aedes aegyti  Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). (2004-2007).
  • Zatul-Iffah Binti Abu Hasan. Toxicity Effect of Azadirachta indica Extracts Against Aedes aegypti Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). (2004-2007).
  • James Chye Tze Wuen. Comparative Study of Dipteran Diversity and Their Succession on Rabbit Carrion in Bukit Bucu, Terengganu and Penang Hill, Penang. (2004-2007).
  • Sharmila d/o Elankoovan. Comparative Study of Dipteran Diversity and Their Succession in Rabbit Carrion at Two Different Coastal Areas in Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan. (2004-2007).
  • Lim Su Ping. Comparative Study of Dipteran Diversity and Their Succession on Rabbit Carrion in Two Different Mangrove Areas. (2004-2007).
  • Wan Farah Hanim binti Wan Muhamad. Comparative Study of Dipteran Diversity, Succession and Development in Two Different Residential Areas. (2004-2007).
  • Noor Fidayu Binti Mat Hussin. The Dragonfly Diversity (Insecta: Odonata) Between Two Different Land Use Areas at Sekayu Recreational Forest, Terengganu. (2004-2007).
  • Intan Azleena Mohd Alis. The Use of Aquatic Insects in the Water Quality Classification of Sungai Tersat, Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu. (2004-2007).
  • Long Seh Ling. Comparative Study of Aquatic Insects Communities for Water Quality Assessment in Sungai Peres and Sungai Bubu, Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu. (2004-2007).
  • Nor Zulaikha binti Che Mat. Study of Aquatic Insects based on Rapid Assessment Method at Streams of Terengganu and Tumpat Estuary, Kelantan. (2004-2007).
  • Aima Jamal. Abundance and Composition of Adult Fireflies in Setiu Wetland, Terengganu with their Food Preferences. (2004-2007).

 

July 2005/2006 (All Completed):

  • Norafisah Binti Muhamad. Composition and Diversity of Butterfly Community (Insecta: Lepidoptera) in recreational forests of Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Elsie Pius Ganggan. Composition and Distribution of Butterfly Community (Insecta: Lepidoptera) and their Host Plant Preference in Campus Area of KUSTEM, Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Tuan Mohd Nasron Bin Tuan Dir. Dipteran Succession in Rabbit carrion in Coastal Zone of Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Nor Affandi Mohamed Adzha. Dipteran Succession in Rabbit Carrion in Mountainous Zone of Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Raja Noor Balqhis Raja S. Diversity and Distribution of Aquatic Insects Community in Relation to Water Quality in Recreational Forests of Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Julia Binti Johari. Composition and Abundance of Dragonfly Community (Insecta: Odonata) and their Microhabitat Preference in Recreational Forests of Terengganu. (2003-2006).
  • Mastura binti Seruji. Butterfly and Dragonfly Communities in Forest Mangrove of Tok Bali, Kelantan. (2003-2006).
  • Alesa binti Zainudin. Composition and Abundance of Firefly (phosphorescent beetle) Community in Tok Bali, Kelantan. (2003-2006).

Publications

 Year 2014

  • Wahizatul, A.A., Shahrol, N.D, Haris, M.H., Yong, K.W., Zazali, C. and Ahmad, S.S.  (2014) Field Trapping of Adult Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) with Kairomone-Releasing Food Baits and Synthetic Pheromone Lure in a Coconut Plantation. Philippine Agriculture Scientist. 97 (4): (Accepted for Dec 2014 publication)
  • Haris, M.H., Nang, M.L.S.,Chuah, T.S. and Wahizatul, A.A. The efficacy of synthetic food baits in capturing Red Palm Weevils, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in campus area of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Serangga. 19(1): 63-81.

Year 2013

  •  Wahizatul, A.A., Ngadin, A., Ng, L.C. and Pong, K.K. (2013). Identification and Characterization of Fungi Associated with the Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus: A Microscopic Study. Malaysian Journal of Microscopy. 9: 127-132.
  •  Wahizatul, A.A. and Shasita, R. (2013). A Preliminary Study: Comparative Toxicity of Extracts from Tinospora tuberculata Beumee and Lumnitzera racemosa Willd on Aedes aegypti Linnaeus Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). ASEAN Journal on Science & Technology for Development. 30(1 & 2): 44-49.
  •  Wahizatul Afzan, A., Zazali C., Abdul Rahman, A.R. and Nurul Izzah A.G. (2013). A New Invasive Coconut Pest in Malaysia: the Red Palm Weevil (Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus). The Planter. 89(1043): 97-110.
  •  Wahizatul Afzan A. and Lim, S.P. (2013) Comparative Study of Dipteran Species Diversity and Their Succession on Rabbit Carrion in Two Different Mangrove Areas of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Insects. Volume 2013, Article ID 398159, 9 pages.
  •  Wahizatul Afzan, A. and Jennings, J. (2013) The Impact of Management Practices of Exotic Willows (Salix spp.) on Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in South Australian Freshwater Streams. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 8(1) : 43-52.

 

Year 2012

  •  Wahizatul, A.A., Roziah, G., Nor Zalipah, M. (2012).  The importance of carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) as pollination agent for mangrove community of Setiu Wetland, Terengganu. Sains Malaysiana 41(9): 1057-1062.
  •  Wahizatul, A.A., Abdul Rahman, A.R., Chong, J.L. and Wong, A.S.Y. (2012). Scanning Electron Microscopy of the Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier (Coleoptera: Curculionidae): A new invasive pest of coconut palms in Terengganu. Malaysian Journal of Microscopy. 8: 148-152.
  • Ainatun Nadrah, Z., Hazlina, A.Z. and Wahizatul, A.A., (2012). Preliminary study on the protein profile of Red Palm Weevil (RPW) larvae’s foregut (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) fed with coconut and sago palms. Asia-Pacific Journal of molecular Medicine. Abstract for the 1st Malaysian Proteomics Conference, Vol 2 (Suppl 1): 1 p.

 

Year 2011

  •  Wahizatul Afzan, A., Long, S.H. and Amirrudin, A. (2011) Composition and Distribution of Aquatic Insect Communities in Relation to Water Quality in Two Freshwater Streams Of Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 6(1) : 148-155
  •  Wahizatul, A.A. and Jennings, J.T. (2011) Impact of Exotic Willow Roots (Salix spp.) as Habitat for Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in South Australian Stream.  Asian Journal of Biological Sciences.4(5): 428-444.
  •  Amirrudin B. Ahmad, Wahizatul Afzan Azmi, Johari M. Nor, Nurul Nadia Rahim and Siti Aminah Mohd Suyud.(2011)Dragonfly of Jambu Bongkok Forest Reserve, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia.  A Biological Assessment of Jambu Bongkok Forest Reserve, Terengganu and Nearby Ecosystem. Penerbit UMT.Pp 59-67.

 

Year 2006

  •  Wahizatul Afzan, A., Julia, A. and Amirrudin, A. (2006) Diversity and Distribution of Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) in Sekayu Recreational Forest, Terengganu. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 1(2): 97-106.

 

Year 2005

  •  Wahizatul Afzan, A. and Che Salmah, M. R. (2005) Adult Dragonfly Communities in Tropical Rivers of the Northern Peninsular Malaysia: Species Composition, Biotope and Host Plant Preferences. Wetland Science 3: 167-175.
  • M. R. Che Salmah, A. Abu Hassan and A. Wahizatul Afzan. (2005) Preliminary Study on the Composition and Distribution of Odonata in Perlis State Park. Malayan Nature Journal. 57:317-326.

Year 2004

  • Che Salmah M. R. and Wahizatul Afzan, A. (2004) Distribution of Odonata (Insecta) in Various Ecosystems in Northern Peninsular Malaysia. Wetland Science. 2: 184-191.