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

        • 2012
          Foster, S. P.,Paliwal, D.,Martin, J. L.,Williamson, M. S.

          Evolution of knock-down resistance to pyrethroids in grain aphids (Sitobion avenae) in the UK

          In Crop Protection in Southern Britain. Aspects of Applied Biology 117 : 95-96

        • 2009
          Puinean, A. M.,Foster, S. P.,Oliphant, L.,Millar, N. S.,Williamson, M. S.,Denholm, I.

          Characterisation of neonicotinoid resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          In Abstracts 8th International Symposium on Aphids, Catania, Italy, 8-12 June 2009 : 154

        • 2005
          Van Toor, R. F.,Foster, S. P.,Anstead, J. A.,Mitchinson, S.,Cox, D.,Barnes, A-M.

          High proportion of Myzus persicae on potatoes in New Zealand with insecticide resistance mechanisms

          In Abstracts 7th International Symposium on Aphids, Fremantle, 2-7 October 2005

        • 2005
          Fenton, B.,Foster, S. P.

          Handicaps and survival of the fittest in insecticide-susceptible and resistant peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae : the importance of sex. vs. asex and clonal selection

          In Abstracts International Joint European Science Foundation - Linnean Society Meeting: PARTNER-4 The Paradox of Asexuality: an Evaluation, London, 22-24 September 2005 : 25

        • 2004
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Powell, W.

          Pleiotropic effects of insecticide resistance genes in an aphid pest on vulnerability to attack by parasitoid wasps

          In Abstracts Strength in Diversity: 22nd International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, 15-21 August 2004

        • 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
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Combating insecticide resistance in peach-potato aphids in the UK

          In Abstracts Sustainable Arable Link Meeting, Harpenden, 26 June 2003

        • 2002
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.

          Efficacy of neonicotinoids and pymetrozine against peach-potato aphids carrying various forms of insecticide resistance

          In Abstracts 7th European Congress of Entomology, Thessaloniki, 7-13 October 2002 : 250

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

          Characterisation of knockdown resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts 10th IUPAC International Congress on the Chemistry of Crop Protection, Basel, 4-9 August 2002 : 332

        • 2001
          Foster, S. P.,Williamson, M. S.,Denholm, I.

          Ecological implications of insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae in the UK

          In Abstracts Royal Entomological Society Meeting on Insect Molecular Biology, Cardiff, September 2001

        • 2001
          Foster, S. P.,Harrington, R.,Dewar, A. M.,Denholm, I.

          Spatial and temporal dynamics of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts Resistance 2001, Harpenden, 24-26 September 2001

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

          Monitoring of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae from Greece

          In Abstracts Resistance 2001, Harpenden, 24-26 September 2001 : 2-41

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

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

          In Abstracts Royal Entomological Society International Symposium on Insects and Disease, Aberdeen, September 2001

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

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

          In Abstracts Resistance 2001, Harpenden, 24-26 September 2001

        • 2000
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.

          Challenges with managing insecicide resistance in the aphid, Myzus persicae

          In Abstract Book 1: 21st International Congress of Entomology, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, 20-26 August 2000 : 324

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

          Control of peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae , containing modified acetylcholinesterase on sugar beet under field cages

          In Abstracts 9th International Congress on Pesticide Chemistry: the Food-Environment Challenge, London, 2-7 August 1998 : 4D-017

        • 1998
          Foster, S. P.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Insecticide resistance conferred by target site- and esterase-based mechanisms in peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae

          In Abstracts 9th International Congress on Pesticide Chemistry: the Food-Environment Challenge, London, 2-7 August 1998 : 4D-003

        • 1994
          Harrington, R.,Foster, S. P.,Hawkins, E.

          Movement of apterous Myzus persicae in winter: requirements, restrictions and repercussions

          In Abstracts Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 15-19 October 1994

        • 1994
          Foster, S. P.,Harrington, R.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Overwintering success of insecticide-susceptible and resistant peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae )

          In Abstracts 5th European Congress of Entomology, York, 29th August-2nd September 1994

        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