Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Dion is a PhD student at Rothamsted Research and the University of Warwick. His PhD project is part of a 4-year Waitrose Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) scheme with G’s, his industry partner. The project aims to address the issue of the negative impact of insect pests within agriculture, which can result in large economic losses. Monitoring migration patterns of aphid pest species is challenging due to size and the difficultly tracking individuals. In addition, many insect pests are becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides and/or host-plant resistant cultivars. By incorporating the use of landscape genomics, and applying this to a model system (Nasonovia ribisnigri – the currant-lettuce aphid), could help improve aphid surveillance systems (e.g. earlier detection of migration into the crop) and provide important information on the evolution and spread of resistance within the UK and Europe. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the project, a variety of skills and expertise are required, such as; population genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, taxonomic identification and ecological field work (including Integrated Pest Management).
PhD project title: Using landscape genomics to improve management of insect pests
2016-2017: MSc Entomology (D), Harper Adams University, Shropshire, UK
2009-2012: BSc Bioscience (I), Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK