SCIENCE

Dr STEVE FOSTER

Research Entomologist

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

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.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
stephen.foster@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 356

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        PUBLICATIONS

        • 2014
          Harrington, R.,Cox, D.,Foster, S. P.,Taylor, M. S.,Williamson, M. S.

          The resistance trap: growing aphid threats

          In Crop Production in Southern Britain: Precision Decisions for Profitable Cropping. Aspects of Applied Biology 127 : 287-294

        • 2013
          Malloch, G.,Pickup, J.,Highet, F.,Foster, S. P.,Fenton, B.

          A long term genotypic analysis of Scottish peach-potato aphids: what has happened to the Braveheart clone?

          In Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2012, Dundee, 28-29 February 2012 : 243-248

        • 2009
          Harrington, R.,Stevens, M.,Alderson, L. J.,Cox, D.,Denholm, I.,Foster, S. P.,Hall, M. J.,Hallsworth, P.,Oliphant, L.,Parker, S.,Shortall, C. R.,Taylor, M. S.,Wright, S.

          Complementary methods for monitoring sugar beet aphids to improve risk management of virus yellows

          : 215-217

        • 2004
          Williamson, M. S.,Andrews, M. C.,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 Neurotox '03: neurotoxicological targets from functional genomics and proteomics : 87-95

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

          Insecticide resistance: from science to practice

          In Proceedings BCPC International Congress - Crop Science and Technology, Glasgow, 10-12 November 2003 : 681-688

        • 2002
          Foster, S. P.,Hackett, B.,Mason, N.,Moores, G. D.,Cox, D. M.,Campbell, J.,Denholm, I.

          Resistance to carbamate, organophosphate and pyrethroid and pyrethroid insecticides in the potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae )

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases, 2002 : 811-816

        • 2002
          Haylock, L. A.,Dewar, A. M.,Garner, B. H.,Sands, R. J. N.,Baker, P.,Foster, S. P.,Cox, D.,Mason, N.,Denholm, I.

          The effect of dose rate of imidacloprid and clothianidin on insecticide-resistant clones of Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases, 2002 : 805-810

        • 2002
          Eleftherianos, I. G.,Foster, S. P.,Williamson, M. S.,Denholm, I.

          Behavioural consequences of pyrethroid resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases - 2002 : 745-748

        • 2002
          Denholm, I.,Devine, G. J.,Foster, S. P.,Gorman, K. J.,Nauen, R.

          Incidence and management of insect resistance to neonicotinoids

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases - 2002 : 161-168

        • 2002
          Woodford, J. A. T.,Fenton, B.,Barker, H.,Pickup, J.,Foster, S. P.,Evans, K. A.,Coll, C.

          Managing aphid-transmitted viruses in Scottish seed potato crops

          In Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain, Dundee, 19-20 February 2002 : 231-236

        • 2001
          Cox, D. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Denholm, I.,Foster, S. P.

          Monitoring of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae from Greece

          In Proceedings 6th International Symposium on Aphids: Aphids in a New Millennium, Rennes, 3-7 September 2001

        • 2001
          Eleftherianos, I. G.,Foster, S. P.,Goodson, S. J.,Williamson, M. S.,Denholm, I.

          Toxicological and molecular characterisation of pyrethroid knockdown resistance (KDR ) in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          In Proceedings 6th International Symposium on Aphids: Aphids in a New Millennium, Rennes, 3-7 September 2001

        • 2000
          Denholm, I.,Barber, M. D.,Devine, G. J.,Foster, S. P.,Gorman, K. J.,Horowitz, A. R.

          Insecticide resistance and its implications for the field performance of pesticides

          In Predicting Field Performance in Crop Protection. British Crop Protection Council Symposium 74 : 37-46

        • 2000
          Foster, S. P.

          Knock-down resitance (kdr ) to pyrethroids in peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae ) in the UK: a cloud with a silver lining?

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases, 2000 : 465-472

        • 1999
          Devonshire, A. L.,Foster, S. P.

          Insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae

          In Proceedings Symposium on Combating Insecticide Resistance, Thessaloniki, 27 May 1999 : 79-85

        • 1998
          Dewar, A. M.,Haylock, L. A.,Campbell. J.,Harling, Z.,Foster, S. P.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Control in sugar beet of Myzus persicae with different insecticide- resistance mechanisms

          In Protection and Production of Sugar Beet and Potatoes. Aspects of Applied Biology 52 : 407-414

        • 1998
          Denholm, I.,Cahill, M. R.,Foster, S. P.

          Managing insecticide resistance: the road ahead

          In Pest Management - Future Challenges. Proceedings 6th Australasian Applied Entomological Research Conference, Brisbane, 29 September-2 October 1998, Vol. 2 : 115-122

        • 1998
          Wege, P. J.,Parker, W.,Denholm, I.,Foster, S. P.,Harling, Z. K.,Moores, G. D.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Resistance in Myzus persicae : current status in Europe and future prospects

          In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases, 1998 : 497-502

        • 1997
          Harrington, R.,Dewar, A. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Feather, M.,Foster, S. P.,Hallsworth, P. B.,Harling, Z.,Haylock, L. A.,Parker, S. J.,Stevens, M.

          Monitoring and forecasting aphid vectors of beet viruses: a working system

          In Proceedings 60th Congress of the Institut International de Recherches Betteravieres, Cambridge, July 1997 : 465-468

        • 1997
          Foster, S. P.,Harling, Z. K.,Moores, G. D.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Resistance due to insensitive acetylcholinesterase in peach-potato aphids Myzus persicae

          In Proceedings 60th Congress of the Institut International de Recherches Betteravieres, Cambridge, July 1997 : 461-464

        Science project

        • Extension to combating resistance to aphicides in UK aphid pests

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 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