Pests, diseases and weeds

pestsInvestigating the population dynamics of major fungal, bacterial, viral, insect and weed pests of crops to understand and effectively predict outbreaks

Studying the ecological and evolutionary interactions between pests, diseases and plants and identifying pathways to resistance

Understanding how plant immune systems can be manipulated using chemical and biological methods as an alternative to pesticides

Studying how plants employ above- and below-ground signals to recruit natural enemies of pests and diseases

Pests, diseases and weeds research staff
  • Dr Stuart Campbell

    Dr Stuart Campbell

    • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
    • Plant-animal interactions
    • Chemical ecology of plant defence
    • Plant reproduction

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  • Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

    Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

    • Optimization of the induce resistance response to serve as an alternative to pesticide use
    • Emerging and re-emerging crop diseases
    • Genetic variation in the induced resistance response in crops

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  • Dr Ben Webster

    Dr Ben Webster

    • Identification of semiochemicals mediating insect-host interactions
    • Context-dependent effects of volatile cues on insect behaviour
    • Volatiles mediating muli-trophic interactions between plants, herbivores and their natural enemies
    • Host-switching and phenotypic plasticity in aphids
    • Volatile-mediated plant-plant communication

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  • Professor Rob Freckleton

    Professor Rob Freckleton

    • Population modelling
    • Large scale ecology
    • Comparative analysis and evolutionary ecology

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  • Dr Dylan Childs

    Dr Dylan Childs

    • Life history theory
    • Structured population modelling
    • Host-parasite dynamics

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  • Professor Roger Butlin

    Professor Roger Butlin

    • Speciation
    • The paradox of sex
    • Evolution at range margins

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  • Dr Patrik Nosil

    Dr Patrik Nosil

    • Mechanisms of species formation
    • Genome evolution
    • Eco-evolutionary dynamics

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  • Professor Julie Gray

    Professor Julie Gray

    • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
    • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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  • Professor Julie Scholes

    Professor Julie Scholes

    • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
    • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
    • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
    • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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  • Professor Michael-Siva Jothy

    Professor Michael-Siva Jothy

    • Ecological immunity
    • Sexual conflict
    • Reproductive immunity

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  • Dr Stephen Rolfe

    Dr Stephen Rolfe

    • Imaging plant function
    • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
    • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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  • Professor Jonathan Leake

    Professor Jonathan Leake

    • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
    • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
    • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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  • Professor Jurriaan Ton

    Professor Jurriaan Ton

    • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
    • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
    • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
    • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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