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

        • 2002
          Field, L. M.,Foster, S. P.

          Amplified esterase genes and their relationship with other insecticide resistance mechanisms in English field populations of the aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Pest Management Science 58 : pp.889-894

        • 2002
          Hemingway, J.,Field, L. M.,Vontas, J.

          An overview of insecticide resistance

          Science 298 : pp.96-97

        • 2002
          Brown, A. C.,Moss, S. R.,Wilson, Z. A.,Field, L. M.

          An isoleucine to leucine substitution in the ACCase of Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) is associated with resistance to the herbicide sethoxydim

          Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 72(3) : pp.160-168
          doi: 10.1016/S0048-3575(02)00004-4

        • 2000
          Field, L. M.,Pickett, J. A.,Wadhams, L. J.

          Molecular studies in insect olfaction

          Insect Molecular Biology 9 : pp.545-551

        • 2000
          Field, L. M.

          Methylation and expression of amplified esterase genes in the aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Biochemical Journal 349(3) : pp.863-868
          doi: 10.1042/bj3490863

        • 1999
          Martinez-Torres, D.,Foster, S. P.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Williamson, M. S.

          A sodium channel point mutation is associated with resistance to DDT and pyrethroid insecticides in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Insect Molecular Biology 8 : pp.339-346

        • 1999
          Ono, M.,Swanson, J. J.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Siegfried, B. D.

          Amplification and methylation of an esterase gene associated with insecticide-resistance in greenbugs, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) (Homoptera: Aphididae)

          Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 29 : pp.1065-1073

        • 1999
          Field, L. M.,Blackman, R. L.,Tyler-Smith, C.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Relationship between amount of esterase and gene copy number in insecticide- resistant Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Biochemical Journal 339 : pp.737-742

        • 1999
          Blackman, R. L.,Spence, J. M.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Variation in chromosomal distribution of amplified esterase (FE4 ) genes in Greek field populations of Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Heredity 82 : pp.180-186

        • 1998
          Devonshire, A. L.,Field, L. M.,Foster, S. P.,Moores, G. D.,Williamson, M. S.,Blackman, R. L.

          The evolution of insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae

          Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 353(1376) : pp.1677-1684
          doi: 10.1098/rstb.1998.0318 Open Access

        • 1998
          Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Evidence that the E4 and FE4 esterase genes responsible for insecticide resistance in the aphid Myzus persicae are part of a gene family

          Biochemical Journal 330 : pp.169-173

        • 1997
          Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Structure and organisation of amplicons containing the E4 esterase genes responsible for insecticide resistance in the aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Biochemical Journal 322 : pp.867-871

        • 1997
          Field, L. M.,Anderson, A. P.,Denholm, I.,Foster, S. P.,Harling, Z. K.,Javed, N.,Martinez-Torres, D.,Moores, G. D.,Williamson, M. S.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Use of biochemical and DNA diagnostics for characterising multiple mechanisms of insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Pesticide Science 51 : pp.283-289

        • 1996
          Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Tyler-Smith, C.

          Analysis of amplicons containing the esterase genes responsible for insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Biochemical Journal 313 : pp.543-547

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

          Changes in the methylation of amplified esterase DNA during loss and reselection of insecticide resistance in peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae

          Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 26 : pp.41-47

        • 1996
          Blackman, R. L.,Spence, J. M.,Field, L. M.,Javed, N.,Devine, G. J.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Inheritance of amplified esterase genes responsible for insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae (Homoptera: Aphididae)

          Heredity 77 : pp.154-167

        • 1996
          Field, L. M.,Crick, S. E.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Polymerase chain reaction-based identification of insecticide resistance genes and DNA methylation in the aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Insect Molecular Biology 5 : pp.197-202

        • 1995
          Blackman, R. L.,Spence, J. M.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Chromosomal location of the amplified esterase genes conferring resistance to insecticides in Myzus persicae (Homoptera: Aphididae)

          Heredity 75 : pp.297-302

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

          The peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae and the tobacco aphid Myzus nicotianae have the same esterase-based mechanisms of insecticide resistance

          Insect Molecular Biology 3 : pp.143-148

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

          Cloning and analysis of the esterase genes conferring insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Biochemical Journal 294 : pp.569-574

        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