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

Outputs

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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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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.

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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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. 64 (2), pp. 383-393.

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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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 potential for land sparing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
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.

Underground allies - how and why do mycelial networks help plants defend themselves? What are the fitness, regulatory, and practical implications of defence-related signaling between plants via common mycelial networks?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Babikova, Z., Johnson, D., Bruce, T. J. A., Pickett, J. A. and Gilbert, L. 2014. Underground allies - how and why do mycelial networks help plants defend themselves? What are the fitness, regulatory, and practical implications of defence-related signaling between plants via common mycelial networks? Bioessays. 36 (1), p. 21/06/2017.

Ligand binding and homology modelling of insect odorant-binding proteins

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Venthur, H., Mutis, A., Zhou, J-J. and Quiroz, A. 2014. Ligand binding and homology modelling of insect odorant-binding proteins. Physiological Entomology. 39 (3), pp. 183-198.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and aphids interact by changing host plant quality and volatile emission

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Babikova, Z., Gilbert, L., Bruce, T. J. A., Dewhirst, S. Y., Pickett, J. A. and Johnson, D. 2014. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and aphids interact by changing host plant quality and volatile emission. Functional Ecology. 28 (2), pp. 375-385.

Development of a female attractant for the click beetle pest Agriotes brevis

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Vuts, J., Furlan, L., Csonka, E. B., Woodcock, C. M., Caulfield, J. C., Mayon, P., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A. and Toth, M. 2014. Development of a female attractant for the click beetle pest Agriotes brevis. Pest management science. 70 (4), pp. 610-614.

Aphid antixenosis in cotton is activated by the natural plant defence elicitor cis- jasmone

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Hegde, M., Oliveira, J. N., Da Costa, J. G., Loza-Reyes, E., Bleicher, E., Santana, A. E. G., Caulfield, J. C., Mayon, P., Dewhirst, S. Y., Bruce, T. J. A., Pickett, J. A. and Birkett, M. A. 2012. Aphid antixenosis in cotton is activated by the natural plant defence elicitor cis- jasmone. Phytochemistry. 78 (June), pp. 81-88.