SCIENCE

Prof. LINDA FIELD

Insect Molecular Biologist

Head of Biointeractions and Crop Protection

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

Lin is an insect molecular biologist and Head of Biointeractions and Crop Protection at Rothamsted Research. Her personal research interests are focused on understanding insecticide mode of action and resistance at the biochemical/molecular level. Her research team uses the latest genomic techniques to understand resistance and insecticide selectivity, and seeks to apply this understanding to better use of pesticides through links with partners in the agronomy, farming and agro-chemical sectors. As head of department, Lin has also developed a wide knowledge of alternative pest control strategies, especially the use of chemical ecology approaches and including the use of GM technologies. The overall aim of Lin's work is to deliver effective and sustainable crop protection strategies that minimise the effects on non-targets and the environment. Lin has been, and continues to be, an active participant in the debate on whether pesticides are needed and how they may affect bee populations. This has involved speaking to fellow scientists, farmers/growers, bee keepers, policy makers and the general public. Going forward, Lin will seek to oversee and co-ordinate her department’s work, and sees her role as being to bring together multi-disciplinary groups of researchers to deliver excellent science into the crop protection arena.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
lin.field@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 355

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PUBLICATIONS

        • 2011
          Moores, G. D.,Alptekin, S.,Field, L. M.,Philippou, D.

          Interactions of piperonyl butoxide and its analogue with CYP3A4

          : S72
          doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.05.210

        • 2011
          Davies, T. G. E.,Amey, J. S.,Burton, M. J.,O'Reilly, A. O.,Mellor, I. R.,Wallace, B. A.,Field, L. M.,Williamson, M. S.

          A tetrodoxin resistant voltage-gated sodium channel gene orthologue identified in aphids

          In Abstracts Neuroscience 2011, Washington DC, 12-16 November 2011

        • 2011
          Moores, G. D.,Alptekin, S.,Field, L. M.,Philippou, D.

          Interactions of piperonyl butoxide and its analogue with CYP3A4

          In Abstracts European Biotechnology Congress, Istanbul, 28 September-1 October 2011

        • 2009
          Pachebat, J.,Bass, C. G.,Haseloff, J.,Richards, S.,Stern, D.,Dear, P.,Field, L. M.

          Update on ordering of pea aphid scaffolds by HAPPY mapping

          In Abstracts 2nd Pea Aphid Genome Annotation Workshop, Barcelona, 4-5 June 2009

        • 2009
          Lucas, J. A.,Field, L. M.,Cools, H. J.,Hammond-Kosack, K. E.

          Pest wars - press paper

          In Pest Wars: British Science Festival, Guildford, 8 September 2009

        • 2009
          Vieira, F. G.,Zhou, J-J.,He, X-L.,Smadja, C.,Liu, R.,Rozas, J.,Field, L. M.

          Comparative genomic analyses of the odorant-binding proteins in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum

          In Abstracts 2nd Pea Aphid Genome Annotation Workshop, Barcelona, 4-5 June 2009 : 35

        • 2003
          Williamson, M. S.,Anstead, J. A.,Field, L. M.,Moores, G. D.,Foster, S. P.,Devonshire, A. L.,Denholm, I.

          A mechanism-based approach to monitoring for insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts Neurotox 2003: Neurotoxicological Targets from Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Nottingham, 1-4 September 2003

        • 2003
          Andrews, M. C.,Williamson, M. S.,Callaghan, A.,Field, L. M.,Moores, G. D.

          A single point mutation in acetylcholinesterase confers resistance to pirimicarb in Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts Neurotox 2003: Neurotoxicological Targets from Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Nottingham, 1-4 September 2003

        • 2003
          Andrews, M. C.,Callaghan, A.,Williamson, M. S.,Field, L. M.,Moores, G. D.

          Characterisation of a mutation in acetylcholinesterase (AChE) of the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulz.) that confers resistance to pirimicarb insecticide

          In Abstracts Royal Entomological Society International Symposium on Insect Evolutionary Ecology and Entomology 2003, Reading, 28-31 July 2003 : 52

        • 2003
          Jacobs, S.,Liggins, A.,Zhou, J-J.,Pelosi, P.,Field, L. M.

          Odorant binding proteins (OBPs) and chemosensory proteins (CSP) in the aphids

          In Abstracts Royal Entomological Society International Symposium on Insect Evolutionary Ecology and Entomology 2003, Reading, 28-31 July 2003 : 31

        • 2003
          Field, L. M.,Jacobs, S. P.,Zhou, J-J.,Pickett, J. A.

          Odorant binding proteins and chemosensory proteins in Drosophila and aphids

          : S65

        • 2003
          Field, L. M.

          The use of insects as biosensors for the detection of volatile compounds

          : 180

        • 2002
          Field, L. M.,Liggins, A. P.,Jacobs, S. P.,Zhou, J-J.,Pickett, J. A.

          Odorant binding proteins and chemosensory proteins in insects

          : S63-S64

        • 1998
          Field, L. M.

          Mode of action of insecticides and mechanisms of resistance

          : 30-AGRO

        • 1998
          Field, L. M.,Spence, J. M.,Blackman, R. L.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Evolution of amplified esterase genes in resistant Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts 9th International Congress on Pesticide Chemistry: the Food-Environment Challenge, London, 2-7 August 1998 : 4B-034

        • 1996
          Blackman, R. L.,Spence, J. M.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Multiple sites of the amplified esterase genes that confer resistance to insecticides in Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Homoptera: Aphididae) revealed by fluorescence in situ hybridisation

          In Proceedings 20th International Congress of Entomology, Firenze, 25-31 August 1996 : 586

        • 1996
          Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          What do we know about the origin of amplified esterase genes in Myzus persicae ?

          In Proceedings 20th International Congress of Entomology, Firenze, 25-31 August 1996 : 585

        • 1995
          Devonshire, A. L.,Field, L. M.

          Esterases in resistant peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          : 191

        • 1994
          Field, L. M.,Javed, N.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Myzus persicae esterases and their amplified genes

          In Abstracts 8th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry, Washington DC, 4th-9th July 1994 : 207

        • 1993
          Field, L. M.,Williamson, M. S.,Moores, G. D.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Analysis of the amplified esterase genes in insecticide-resistant Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts 2nd International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science, Flagstaff Arizona, July 1993 : 61

        Pages

        Strategic programme

        • Smart Crop Protection (SCP)

        PhD project

        • Investigation and characterisation of diamide insecticide resistance conferred by target-site mutations in the ryanodine receptor of lepidopteran pests with special reference to diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella
        • Quantifying the impacts of the neonicotinoid ban on oilseed rape pest control, pollination and productivity
        • New opportunities to investigate insecticide and acaricide ion channel targets through their differential interactions with novel chemical agonists
        • Innovating insect production to counter malnutrition and support aquaculture in Africa
        • Unravelling interactions between cereal aphids and ancestral wheat lines to elucidate mechanisms of aphid resistance.

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 1989 - PhD (CNAA), The Molecular Genetic Basis of Insecticide Resistance in the Peach-Potato Aphid, Myzus persicae
        • 1986 - BA (Hons) First Class, Open University

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • 2015 - Expert Reviewer for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Deliverable 3(a) report
        • present - Member Science about Science Plant Science Panel
        • 2013 - Member Government Office Food Research Partnership sub-group New Innovative Approaches to Crop Protection
        • 2013-14 - Member Defra Advisory Committee Pollinators
        • 2012-2015 - Member Agreen Skill EU Committee
        • 2010-2013 - Member of Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Panel
        • 2011-2014 - Member of BBSRC Research Committee B
        • Present - Honorary Professor University of Nottingham
        • Present - Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
        • Present - Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
        • Present - Editorial Officer, Royal Entomological Society
        • Present - Member of Editorial Board for Insect Molecular Biology