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.
Insecticide resistance in the aphid Myzus persicae
Aphids: insecticide resistance update
Aphids galore! So how did the industry avert a virus yellows epidemic in 2007?
Stewardship helps manage resistance
Resistance in Myzus persicae : MACE returns?
Wielding the MACE: recent events regarding resistance and the peach potato aphid, Myzus persicae
Insecticide resistance to aphids
The effect of clothianidin on aphids and virus yellows in sugar beet
Trapped in 2002
Why worry about insecticide-resistant aphids?
Guidelines for preventing and managing insecticide resistance in aphids on potatoes
Aphid resistance - vigilance still required
Brassica bug alert
How to keep aphids out of seed potatoes
Aphids: never relax guard
Insecticide resistant aphids remain a danger
Three into one will go - the evolution of resistance in the peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae
- 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