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

        • 2002
          Foster, S. P.

          Assessment of the implications of introducing imidacloprid treatment on UK potatoes for the evolution of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae (Report to the British Potato Council)

          : 3pp

        • 2001
          Foster, S. P.

          Combating insecticide resistance in peach-potato aphids in the UK. BPC Final report for SAPPIO-LINK Research Project LK0903

          : 9pp

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

          Monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae . Final Report on MAFF Project No PT0220


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

          European monitoring of aphid susceptibility to imidacloprid and clothianidin (Confidential Final Project Report to Bayer AG)


        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