Innovative approaches to pest management

Project (past)

Project dates01 Apr 2012 to end of 31 Mar 2017
Researchers
Principal InvestigatorMike Birkett
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Project numberS5194
5194
DepartmentBiological Chemistry and Crop Protection (BCCP)
Research fish codeBBS/E/C/00005194
Grant IDBBS/E/C/00005194

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Development of pull and push-pull systems for management of Lesser Mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus, in poultry houses using alarm and aggregation pheromones

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Hassemer, M., Borges, M., Withall, D., Pickett, J. A., Laumann, R. A., Birkett, M. A. and Blassioli-Moraes, M. C. 2019. Development of pull and push-pull systems for management of Lesser Mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus, in poultry houses using alarm and aggregation pheromones. Pest Management Science. 75 (4), pp. 1107-1114.

Environmentally vulnerable noble chafers exhibit unusual pheromone-mediated behaviour

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Harvey, D. J., Vuts, J., Hooper, A. M., Finch, P., Woodcock, C. M., Caulfield, J. C., Kadej, M., Smolis, A., Withall, D., Henshall, S., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2018. Environmentally vulnerable noble chafers exhibit unusual pheromone-mediated behaviour. PLOS ONE. 13 (11), p. e0206526.

Odours of Plasmodium falciparum-infected participants influence mosquito-host interactions

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De Boer, J. G., Robinson, A., Powers, S. J., Burgers, S. L. G. E., Caulfield, J. C., Birkett, M. A., Smallegange, R. C., van Genderen, P. J. J., Bousema, T., Sauerwein, R. W., Pickett, J. A., Takken, W. and Logan, J. G. 2017. Odours of Plasmodium falciparum-infected participants influence mosquito-host interactions. Scientific Reports. 7 (1), p. 9283.

Functional characterization of (E)-β-caryophyllene synthase from lima bean and its up-regulation by spider mites and alamethicin

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Li,F-Q, Fu, N-N, Zhou, J-J. and Wang, G-R. 2017. Functional characterization of (E)-β-caryophyllene synthase from lima bean and its up-regulation by spider mites and alamethicin. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. 16 (10), pp. 60345-7.

cis-jasmone elicits aphid-induced stress signalling in potatoes

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Sobhy, I. S., Woodcock, C. M., Powers, S. J., Caulfield, J. C., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2017. cis-jasmone elicits aphid-induced stress signalling in potatoes. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 43 (1), pp. 39-52.

RNAi-induced electrophysiological and behavioral changes reveal two pheromone binding proteins of Helicoverpa armigera involved in the perception of the main sex pheromone component Z11–16:Ald

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Dong, K., Sun, L., Liu, J-T., Gu, S-H., Zhou, J-J., Yang, R-N., Dhiloo, K. H., Gao, X-W., Guo, Y-Y. and Zhang, Y-J. 2017. RNAi-induced electrophysiological and behavioral changes reveal two pheromone binding proteins of Helicoverpa armigera involved in the perception of the main sex pheromone component Z11–16:Ald. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 43 (2), pp. 207-214.

Identification and expression profile analysis of odorant binding protein and chemosensory protein genes in Bemisia tabaci MED by head transcriptome

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Wang, R., Li, F., Zhang, W., Zhang, X., Qu, C., Tetreau, G., Sun, L., Luo, C. and Zhou, J. 2017. Identification and expression profile analysis of odorant binding protein and chemosensory protein genes in Bemisia tabaci MED by head transcriptome. PLOS ONE. (e0171739), p. 19pp.

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato, infestation of susceptible dog hosts is reduced by slow release of semiochemicals from a less susceptible host

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De Oliveira Filho, J. G., Ferreira, L. L., Sarria, A. L. F., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A., Mascarin, G. M., De Leon, A. A. P. and Borges, L. M. F. 2017. Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato, infestation of susceptible dog hosts is reduced by slow release of semiochemicals from a less susceptible host. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. 8 (1), pp. 139-145.

Resistance mutation conserved between insects and mites unravels the benzoylurea insecticide mode of action on chitin biosynthesis

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Douris, V., Steinbach, D., Panteleri, R., Livadaras, I., Pickett, J. A., Van Leeuwen, T., Nauen, R. and Vontas, J. 2016. Resistance mutation conserved between insects and mites unravels the benzoylurea insecticide mode of action on chitin biosynthesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America - PNAS. 113 (51), pp. 14692-14697.

Networking our way to better ecosystem service provision

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Bohan, D. A., Landuyt, D., Ma, A., Macfadyen, S., Martinet, V., Massol, F., McInerny, G., Montoya, J. M., Mulder, C., Pascual, U., Pocock, M. J. O., White, P., Blanchemanche, S., Bonkowski, M., Bretagnolle, V., Bronmark, C., Dicks, L., Dumbrell, A., Eisenhauer, N., Friberg, N., Gessner, M. O., Gill, R. J., Gray, C., Haughton, A., Ibanez, S., Jensen, J., Jeppesen, E., Jokela, J., Lacroix, G., Lannou, C., Lavorel, S., Le Galliard, J. F., Lescourret, F., Liu, S., Loeuille, N., McLaughlin, O., Muggleton, S., Penuelas, J., Petanidou, T., Petit, S., Pomati, F., Raffaelli, D., Rasmussen, J., Raybould, A., Reboud, X., Richard, G., Scherber, C., Scheu, S., Sutherland, W. J., Tamaddoni-Nezhad, A., ter Braak, C., Termansen, M., Thompson, M. S., Tscharntke, T., Vacher, C., van der Geest, H., Voigt, W., Vonk, J. A., Zhou, X., Woodward, G. and Quintessence Consortium 2016. Networking our way to better ecosystem service provision. Trends In Ecology & Evolution. 31 (2), pp. 105-115.

Validation of reference genes for qRT-PCR analysis in Megoura viciae (Hemiptera Aphididae)

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Cristiano, G., Grossi, G., Scala, A., Fanti, P., Zhou, J-J., Bufo, S. A., Palazzo, L. and Falabella, P. 2016. Validation of reference genes for qRT-PCR analysis in Megoura viciae (Hemiptera Aphididae). Bulletin of Insectology. 69 (2), pp. 229-238.

Plant volatile-mediated signalling and its application in agriculture: successes and challenges

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Pickett, J. A. and Khan, Z. R. 2016. Plant volatile-mediated signalling and its application in agriculture: successes and challenges. New Phytologist. 212 (4), pp. 856-870.

Emerging agricultural biotechnologies for sustainable agriculture and food security

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Anderson, J. A., Gipmans, M., Hurst, S., Layton, R., Nehra, N., Pickett, J. A., Shah, D. M., Souza, T. L. P. O. and Tripathi, L. 2016. Emerging agricultural biotechnologies for sustainable agriculture and food security. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry - JAFC. 64 (2), pp. 383-393.

Detection, identification, and significance of phytoplasmas in wild grasses in East Africa

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Asudi, G. O., Van Den Berg, J., Midega, C. A. O., Schneider, B., Seemuller, E., Pickett, J. A., Khan, Z. R. and Udwell, A. 2016. Detection, identification, and significance of phytoplasmas in wild grasses in East Africa. Plant Disease. 100 (1), pp. 108-115.

The significance of Napier Grass Stunt Phytoplasma and its transmission to cereals and sugarcane

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Asudi, G. O., Van Den Berg, J., Midega, C. A. O., Pickett, J. A. and Khan, Z. R. 2016. The significance of Napier Grass Stunt Phytoplasma and its transmission to cereals and sugarcane. Journal of Phytopathology. 164 (6), pp. 378-385.

The essential need for GM crops

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Pickett, J. A. 2016. The essential need for GM crops. Nature Plants. 2 (6), p. 16078.

Field evaluation of synthetic aphid sex pheromone in enhancing suppression of aphid abundance by their natural enemies

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Nakashima, Y., Ida, T. Y., Powell, W., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A., Taki, H. and Takabayashi, J. 2016. Field evaluation of synthetic aphid sex pheromone in enhancing suppression of aphid abundance by their natural enemies. BioControl. 61 (5), pp. 485-496.

The natural plant stress elicitor cis-jasmone causes cultivar-dependent reduction in growth of the stink bug, Euschistus heros and associated changes in flavonoid concentrations in soybean, Glycine max

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Da Graca, J. P., Ueda, T. E., Janegitz, T., Vieira, S. S., Salvador, M. C., De Oliveira, M. C., Zingaretti, S. M., Powers, S. J., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A. and Hoffmann-Campo, C. B. 2016. The natural plant stress elicitor cis-jasmone causes cultivar-dependent reduction in growth of the stink bug, Euschistus heros and associated changes in flavonoid concentrations in soybean, Glycine max. Phytochemistry. 131 (November), pp. 84-91.

Push-pull: chemical ecology-based integrated pest management technology

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Khan, Z., Midega, C. A. O., Hooper, A. M. and Pickett, J. A. 2016. Push-pull: chemical ecology-based integrated pest management technology. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42 (7), pp. 689-697.

Differential gene expression according to race and host plant in the pea aphid

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Eyres, I., Jaquiery, J., Sugio, A., Duvaux, L., Gharbi, K., Zhou, J-J., Legeai, F., Nelson, M., Simon, J-C., Smadja, C. M., Butlin, R. and Ferrari, J. 2016. Differential gene expression according to race and host plant in the pea aphid. Molecular Ecology. 25 (17), pp. 4197-4215.

Quantification of brown dog tick repellents, 2-hexanone and benzaldehyde, and release from tick-resistant beagles, Canis lupus familiaris.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
De Oliveira Filho, J. G., Sarria, A. L. F., Ferreira, L. L., Caulfield, J. C., Powers, S. J., Pickett, J. A., De Leon, A. A., Birkett, M. A. and Borges, L. M. F. 2016. Quantification of brown dog tick repellents, 2-hexanone and benzaldehyde, and release from tick-resistant beagles, Canis lupus familiaris. Journal Of Chromatography B. 1022 (1 June 2016), pp. 64-69.

Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth Manduca sexta

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Kanost, M. R., Arrese, E. L., Cao, X., Chen, Y-R., Chellapilla, S. and Zhou, J-J. 2016. Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth Manduca sexta. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 76 (September), pp. 118-147.

Disruption of host-seeking behaviour by the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, using botanically derived repellents

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O'Shea, B., Wadsworth, S., Marambio, J. P., Birkett, M. A., Pickett, J. A. and Mordue (Luntz), A. J. 2016. Disruption of host-seeking behaviour by the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, using botanically derived repellents. Journal Of Fish Diseases. 40 (4), pp. 495-505.

β-Ionone as putative semiochemical suggested by ligand binding on an odorant-binding protein of Hylamorpha elegans and electroantennographic recordings

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Venthur, H., Zhou, J-J., Mutis, A., Ceballos, R., Mella-Herrera, R., Larama, G., Avila, A., Iturriaga-Vasquez, P., Faundez-Parragues, M., Alvear, M. and Quiroz, A. 2016. β-Ionone as putative semiochemical suggested by ligand binding on an odorant-binding protein of Hylamorpha elegans and electroantennographic recordings. Entomological Science. 19 (3), pp. 188-200.

Revisiting the male-produced aggregation pheromone of lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae): identification of a six-component pheromone from a Brazilian population

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Hassemer, M. J., Sant'Ana, J., Borges, M., Withall, D., Pickett, J. A., Oliveira, M. W. M., Laumann, R. A., Birkett, M. A. and Blassioli-Moraes, M. C. 2016. Revisiting the male-produced aggregation pheromone of lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae): identification of a six-component pheromone from a Brazilian population. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry - JAFC. 64, pp. 6809-6818.

influence of two acyclic homoterpenes (tetranorterpenes) on the foraging behaviour of Anthonomus grandis Boh

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Magalhaes, D. M., Borges, M., Laumann, R. A., Woodcock, C. M., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A. and Blassioli-Moraes, M. C. 2016. influence of two acyclic homoterpenes (tetranorterpenes) on the foraging behaviour of Anthonomus grandis Boh. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42, pp. 305-313.

Identification and field evaluation of the sex pheromone of a Brazilian population of Spodoptera cosmioides

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Blassioli-Moraes, M. C., Borges, M., Viana, A. R., Laumann, R. A., Miranda, J. E., Magalhaes, D. M. and Birkett, M. A. 2016. Identification and field evaluation of the sex pheromone of a Brazilian population of Spodoptera cosmioides. Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira. 51, pp. 545-554.

Crystal structures and binding dynamics of odorant-binding protein 3 from two aphid species Megoura viciae and Nasonovia ribisnigri

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Northey, T., Venthur, H., De Biasio, F., Chauviac, F-X., Cole, A., Ribeiro, K. A. L. Junior, Grossi, G., Falabella, P., Field, L. M., Keep, N. H. and Zhou, J-J. 2016. Crystal structures and binding dynamics of odorant-binding protein 3 from two aphid species Megoura viciae and Nasonovia ribisnigri. Scientific Reports. 6, p. 24739.

The potential for land sparing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture

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Lamb, A., Green, R., Bateman, I., Broadmeadow, M., Bruce, T. J. A., Burney, J., Carey, P., Chadwick, D. R., Crane, E., Field, R., Goulding, K. W. T., Griffiths, H., Hastings, A., Kasoar, T., Kindred, D., Phalan, B., Pickett, J. A., Smith, P., Wall, E., Zu Ermgassen, E. K. H. J. and Balmford, A. 2016. The potential for land sparing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Nature Climate Change. 6, pp. 488-492.

Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome

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Benoit, J. B., Zhou, J-J., Aldeman, Z. N., Reinhardt, K., Dolan, A., Poelchau, M., Jennings, E. C., Szuter, E. M., Hagen, R. W., Gujar, H., Shukla, J. N., Zhu, F., Mohan, M., Nelson, D. R., Rosendale, A. J., Derst, C., Resnik, V., Wernig, S., Menegazzi, P., Wegener, C., Peschel, N., Hendershot, J. M., Blenau, W., Predel, R., Johnston, P. R., Ioannidis, P., Waterhouse, R. M., Nauen, R., Schorn, C., Ott, M-C., Maiwald, F., Johnston, J. S., Gondhalekar, A. D., Scharf, M. E., Peterson, B. F. and Raje, K. R. 2016. Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome. Nature Communications. 7, p. 10165.

Identification and comparative expression analysis of odorant binding protein genes in the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura

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Gu, S-H., Zhou, J-J., Gao, S., Wang, D-H., Li, X-C., Guo, Y-Y. and Zhang, Y-J. 2015. Identification and comparative expression analysis of odorant binding protein genes in the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura. Scientific Reports. 5, p. 13800.

Identification of non-host semiochemicals for the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (Acari: Ixodidae), from tick-resistant beagles, Canis lupus familiaris

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Borges, L. M. F., Filho, J. G. De O., Ferreira, L. L., Louly, C. C. B., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2015. Identification of non-host semiochemicals for the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (Acari: Ixodidae), from tick-resistant beagles, Canis lupus familiaris. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. 6, pp. 676-682.

The first crop plant genetically engineered to release an insect pheromone for defence

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Bruce, T. J. A., Aradottir, G. I., Smart, L. E., Martin, J. L., Caulfield, J. C., Doherty, A., Sparks, C. A., Woodcock, C. M., Birkett, M. A., Napier, J. A., Jones, H. D. and Pickett, J. A. 2015. The first crop plant genetically engineered to release an insect pheromone for defence. Scientific Reports. 5, p. 11183.

Identification and expression analysis of putative chemosensory receptor genes in Microplitis mediator by antennal transcriptome screening

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Wang, S-N., Peng, Y., Lu, Z-Y., Dhiloo, K. H., Gu, S-H., Li, R-J., Zhou, J-J., Zhang, Y-J. and Guo, Y-Y. 2015. Identification and expression analysis of putative chemosensory receptor genes in Microplitis mediator by antennal transcriptome screening. International Journal of Biological Sciences. 11, pp. 737-751.

Pheromone bouquet of the dried bean beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus (Col.: Chrysomelidae), now complete

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Vuts, J., Francke, W., Mori, K., Zarbin, P. H. G., Hooper, A. M., Millar, J. G., Pickett, J. A., Toth, M., Chamberlain, K., Caulfield, J. C., Woodcock, C. M., Troger, A. G., Balintne Csonka, E. and Birkett, M. A. 2015. Pheromone bouquet of the dried bean beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus (Col.: Chrysomelidae), now complete. European Journal Of Organic Chemistry. 22 (22), pp. 4843-4846.

The Lepidoptera Odorant Binding Protein gene family: gene gain and loss within the GOBP/PBP complex of moths and butterflies

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Vogt, R. G., Grosse-Wilde, E. and Zhou, J-J. 2015. The Lepidoptera Odorant Binding Protein gene family: gene gain and loss within the GOBP/PBP complex of moths and butterflies. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 62, pp. 142-153.

Aphid sex pheromone compounds interfere with attraction of common green lacewings to floral bait

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Koczor, S., Szentkiralyi, F., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2015. Aphid sex pheromone compounds interfere with attraction of common green lacewings to floral bait. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 41 (6), pp. 550-556.

Molecular characterization of two isoforms of a farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase gene in wheat and their roles in sesquiterpene synthesis and inducible defence against aphid infestation

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Zhang, Y., Li, Z-X., Yu, X-D., Fan, J., Pickett, J. A., Jones, H. D., Zhou, J-J., Birkett, M. A., Caulfield, J., Napier, J. A., Zhao, G-Y., Cheng, X-G., Shi, Y., Bruce, T. J. A. and Xia, L-Q. 2015. Molecular characterization of two isoforms of a farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase gene in wheat and their roles in sesquiterpene synthesis and inducible defence against aphid infestation. New Phytologist. 206 (3), pp. 1101-1115.

Multiple roles of a male-specific compound in the sexual behavior of the dried bean beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus

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Vuts, J., Powers, S. J., Caulfield, J. C., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2015. Multiple roles of a male-specific compound in the sexual behavior of the dried bean beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 41, pp. 287-293.

Novel olfactory ligands via terpene synthases

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Touchet, S., Chamberlain, K., Woodcock, C. M., Miller, D. J., Birkett, M. A., Pickett, J. A. and Allemann, R. K. 2015. Novel olfactory ligands via terpene synthases. Chemical Communications. 51 (35), pp. 7550-7553.