Dr GIA ARADOTTIR
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Gia’s interests and expertise are in the areas of insect-plant interactions, insect pest behaviour and management in agro-ecosystems. Gia has coupled a keen interest in entomology with the notion that crop protection is an integral component of safeguarding the yield potential of our crops, which in turn is closely linked with food security. At the mechanistic level, studying plant responses to insect pests and how they are able to defend themselves helps us elucidate resistance traits in plants; field trials looking at insect host location, population build up and effect on the plant is an integral component of ensuring identified resistance traits work under field conditions. Currently, Gia is studying aphid resistance in wheat from a diverse background, ranging from wild relatives to modern varieties. The end goal is to identify beneficial traits that can be translated into elite crop varieties and be useful in an agricultural context.
- Designing Future Wheat (DFW)
- Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP) Prebreeding extension
- Aphid resistant wheat for the smallholder farmer in Africa
- Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN)
- Being safe and being pollinated
- Unravelling interactions between cereal aphids and ancestral wheat lines to elucidate mechanisms of aphid resistance.
- 2010 - Imperial College London, Department of Biological Sciences PhD DIC
- 2003 - Royal Holloway, University of London, School of Biological Sciences MSc, Biological Research (Distinction)
- 2002 - University of Iceland, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology BSc in Biology
MEASURES OF ESTEEM
- Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society