SCIENCE

Dr PAUL NEVE

Weed Biologist

Smart Crop Protection (ISP) Leader

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

Paul’s research strives to understand the ecological and evolutionary forces that contribute to the establishment, spread and persistence of weeds in agroecosystems. This knowledge is applied to the design of sustainable weed management systems. Much of Paul’s current research focuses on the ecology, evolution and management of resistance to herbicides. Management to slow, or even to prevent the evolution of resistance must be grounded in a thorough understanding of the genetic, ecological and evolutionary drivers of selection for resistance. Paul’s team adopt a range of approaches that encompass molecular, quantitative and population genetics, experimental evolution, ecological experiments to explore fitness and life history trade-offs, and modelling. We apply this understanding to design and test resistance management strategies and to provide fundamental insights into the evolutionary ecology of plant adaptation in novel extreme environments. These approaches are currently exemplified by Paul’s involvement with the black-grass resistance initiative (BGRI), a large multi-partner and interdisciplinary consortium that investigates the evolution of herbicide resistance “from gene to field”. The BGRI project combines biochemistry and molecular genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology and modelling in a systems-based approach to provide novel solutions for the design and implementation of sustainable solutions for the management of herbicide resistant black-grass.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
paul.neve@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 310

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        SOCIAL MEDIA

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        Strategic programme

        Science project

        PhD project

        • An exploration of the evolutionary dynamics of non-target site herbicide resistance in Alopecurus myosuroides
        • Assessment of prevalence, resistance and population structure of grass weeds in Irish arable crops

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 1998 - PhD in Plant Ecology, University of Liverpool, UK
        • 1993 - Bachelor (Hons) of Science, Plant Science, University of Liverpool, UK

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • Vice-President, European Weed Research Society
        • Subject Editor, Weed Research Journal
        • PhD external examiner (University of Dijon, Aarhus university, Harper Adams University)
        • 2016 -  Invited plenary speaker: 2016 International Weed Science Congress
        • 2015 - Latin American Weed Science Congress, European Weed Research Society Symposium
        • 2013 - Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge