Dr STEVE FOSTER
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Steve gained a BSc in Biology from the University of York in 1982 and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1989 for his work on insect behaviour, ecology and population genetics (in seaweed flies). In August 1992, he joined Rothamsted Research, where he has been working on insecticide resistance in crop pests, including aphids, beetles, weevils, thrips and moths. This has involved studying the success of resistant insects when insecticides are applied (how resistant they are), most recently in diamond-back moths that invaded the UK in 2016, and also any potential handicaps they may suffer in the absence of insecticides, such as vulnerability to attack by predators. Steve’s findings are being used to advise growers, agronomists and regulators on how best to protect UK crops from insecticide-resistant pests. His work is also providing a useful insight into the processes driving evolution and selection, something Charles Darwin would have appreciated greatly.
The resistance trap: growing aphid threats
A long term genotypic analysis of Scottish peach-potato aphids: what has happened to the Braveheart clone?
Evolution of knock-down resistance to pyrethroids in grain aphids (Sitobion avenae) in the UK
Complementary methods for monitoring sugar beet aphids to improve risk management of virus yellows
A mechanism-based approach to monitoring for insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicaeEdited by: Usherwood, P. N. R.,Mellor, I. R.,Beadle, D. J.
Insecticide resistance: from science to practice
Resistance to carbamate, organophosphate and pyrethroid and pyrethroid insecticides in the potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae )
The effect of dose rate of imidacloprid and clothianidin on insecticide-resistant clones of Myzus persicae (Sulzer)
Behavioural consequences of pyrethroid resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)
Incidence and management of insect resistance to neonicotinoids
Managing aphid-transmitted viruses in Scottish seed potato crops
Monitoring of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae from Greece
Toxicological and molecular characterisation of pyrethroid knockdown resistance (KDR ) in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)
Insecticide resistance and its implications for the field performance of pesticides
Knock-down resitance (kdr ) to pyrethroids in peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae ) in the UK: a cloud with a silver lining?
Insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicaeEdited by: Denholm, I.,Ioannidis, P. M.
Control in sugar beet of Myzus persicae with different insecticide- resistance mechanisms
Managing insecticide resistance: the road ahead
Resistance in Myzus persicae : current status in Europe and future prospects
Monitoring and forecasting aphid vectors of beet viruses: a working system
- Extension to combating resistance to aphicides in UK aphid pests
- 1989 - PhD Genetics (University of Nottingham)
- 1982 - BSc (2.i. Hons.) Biological Sciences (University of York)
MEASURES OF ESTEEM
- FRES (Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society)
- Chair, UK Insecticide Resistance Action Group (IRAG-UK)
- Co-organiser of Resistance 2015 International Conference (held at Rothamsted)
- PhD co-supervisor