Kok-Boon Neoh

Kok-Boon_Neoh
Program-Specific Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
-Academic Qualifications: Ph.D (Urban and Industrial Entomology), Universiti Sains Malaysia 2010
-Research Interests: Termite and ant communities associated with agricultural intensification and urbanization in Southeast Asia, The evolutionary adaptive strategies of termites, Insect pest management program

The restoration of natural ecosystem services is pivotal to promoting sustainability in agriculture. Today, there is increasing evidence demonstrates that termites and ants have a great influence on “high biomass society,” particularly as a soil quality enhancer and pollinator, respectively. Considering Southeast Asia has great diversity in termite and ant fauna, many aspects of their roles in human resource utilization and agro-industrial production are understudied. Running parallel the project themed “Life and Green in Asean”, this prompted me to investigate how do termite and ant communities change along with agricultural intensification practices and urbanization? Do termites and ants work as ecosystem service provider or a pest?

-Main Research achievement:
1. Neoh K.B., B.K. Yeap, K. Tsunoda, T. Yoshimura, and C.Y. Lee. 2012. Do termites avoid carcasses? Behavioral responses depend on the nature of the carcasses. PLoS ONE. In Press
2. Kok-Boon Neoh, Jian Hu, Boon-Hoi Yeoh and Chow-Yang Lee. 2012. Toxicity and horizontal transfer of chlorantraniliprole against Asian subterranean termite Coptotermes gestroi: effects of donor: recipient ratio, exposure duration and soil types. Pest Management Science. In Press
3. Chin-Cheng Lee, Kok-Boon Neoh and Chow-Yang Lee. 2012. Colony structure and population of subterranean termite, Macrotermes gilvus. Annals of Entomological Society of America. In Press
4. Lee-Jin Bong, Kok-Boon Neoh, Jaal Zairi and Chow-Yang Lee. 2012 Life table of rove beetle, Paederus fuscipes. Journal of Medical Entomology. In Press
5. Neoh, K.B., Y. Indiran, M. Lenz, and CY Lee. 2012. Does lack of intraspecific aggression or absence of nymphs determine acceptance of foreign reproductives in Macrotermes? Insectes Sociaux. In Press
6. Hu J, K.B. Neoh, A.G. Appel, and C.Y. Lee. 2012. Subterranean termite open-air foraging and tolerance to desiccation – Comparative water relation physiology of two sympatric Macrotermes spp. (Blattodea: Termitidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 161: 201-207.
7. Neoh, K.B., N.A. Jalaludin, and C.Y. Lee. 2011 Elimination of field colonies of a moundbuilding termite, Globitermes sulphureus (Haviland) by bistrifluron bait (Blattodea: Termitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 607-613.
8. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2011. Developmental stages and caste composition of mature and incipient colonies of the drywood termite, Cryptotermes dudleyi (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 622 ? 628.
9. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2011. Parasitoid-induced morphological and behavioral changes in infected soldiers of the fungus-growing termite, Macrotermes carbonarius (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae). Journal of Insect Science 11:47 available online: insectscience.org/11.47
10. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2010. Morphological and behavioural changes in soldiers of Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae) parasitized by the fly Misotermes mindeni Disney & Neoh (Diptera: Phoridae). Environmental Entomology 39: 835 ? 840.
11. Neoh, K.B., M. Lenz, and C.Y. Lee. 2010. Impact of orphaning on field colonies of Southeast Asian Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) and M. carbonarius (Hagen) (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae). Insectes Sociaux 57: 431 ? 439.
12. Disney, R.H.L., K.B. Neoh, and C.Y. Lee. 2009. A new species of Scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae) parasitizing a termite (Isoptera: Termitidae) in Malaysia. Sociobiology 54: 89?94.
13. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2009. Developmental stages and castes of two sympatric subterranean termites Macrotermes gilvus and Macrotermes carbonarius (Blattodea: Termitidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102: 1091?1098.
14. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2009. Flight activity of two sympatric termite species, Macrotermes gilvus and Macrotermes carbonarius (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae). Environmental Entomology 38: 1690?1699.
15. Neoh, K.B., and C.Y. Lee. 2009. Flight activity and flight phenology of the Asian subterranean termite, Coptotermes gestroi (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 54: 521?530.
-NON-REFEREED PAPERS
1. Neoh, K.B. & Hidayatulfathi, O., 2006. The potential of four medicinal plants as biopesticides against American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattidae). In: The 11th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. Bangkok, Thailand. 15?17 December 2006. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University, pp. 185.
2. Neoh, K.B. & Lee, C.Y., 2007. Nymphoids descriptors for subterranean termite,Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae). In: 9th Symposium of Malaysian of Applied Biology. Penang, Malaysia. 30?31 May 2007. Penang: Universiti Sains Malaysia, pp. 54.
3. Neoh, K.B. & Lee, C.Y., 2007. Flight activity of subterranean termite, Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae). In: The 12th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 17?19 December 2007. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya, pp. 156.
4. Neoh, K.B. & Lee, C.Y., 2008. Preliminary studies on flight activity of Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) and Macrotermes carbonarius (Hagen) (Blattodea: Termitoidae: Termitidae). In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Bali, Indonesia. 3?4 March 2008. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 19?23.
5. Neoh, K.B. & Lee, C.Y., 2008. Annual swarming activity of subterranean termite, Macrotermes carbonarius (Hagen) (Blattodea: Termitoidae: Termitidae). In: Proceedings of the 10th MSAB Symposium. Kuching, Malaysia. 6?8 November 2008. Sarawak: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, pp. 106?107.
6. Neoh, K.B. & Lee, C.Y., 2009. Dipteran parasitism of subterranean termite soldiers, Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) and Macrotermes carbonarius (Hagen) (Termitidae: Macrotermitinae). In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Kyoto, Japan 2?3 March 2009. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 44?48.
7. Neoh, K.B. Lenz, M., & Lee, C.Y., 2010. Replacement of reproductives in field orphaned colonies of Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) and Macrotermes carbonarius (Hagen) (Blattodea: Termitidae). In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Singapore 1?2 March 2010. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 44?48.
8. Bong, Lee-Jin, Kok-Boon Neoh, Chow-Yang Lee, & Zairi, J. 2010. Outbreak of Paederus fuscipes (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Penang. In Science for sustainable development and a better life. The First Joint Symposium of ITB and USM (1JSIU 2010). Aula Timur, Bandung 20-21 December 2010. Institut Teknologi Bandung, pp. 34.
9. Neoh, K.B., Atiqah Jalaludin & Lee, C.Y., 2011. Evidence of colony elimination of a higher termite, Globitermes sulphureus (Blattodea: Termitidae) by bistrifluron bait. In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Bangkok 28 February and 1 March 2011. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 68?71.
10. Jian Hu, Kok-Boon Neoh and Chow-Yang Lee. 2011. Cuticular permeability of two sympatric species of Macrotermes (Blattodea: Termitidae). In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Bangkok 28 February and 1 March 2011. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 171?175.
11. Neoh Kok-Boon, Beng-Keok Yeap, Tsuyoshi Yoshimura, Tsunoda Kunio and Chow-Yang Lee. 2012. Do termites fear carcasses? In: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group. Hanoi 27th ? 28th February 2012. Kyoto: The Pacific?Rim Termite Research Group, pp. 220?225.

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