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

        • 2005
          Fenton, B.,Malloch, G.,Woodford, J. A. T.,Foster, S. P.,Anstead, J.,Denholm, I.,King, L.,Pickup, J.

          The attack of the clones: tracking the movement of insecticide-resistant peach-potato aphids Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 95 : pp.483-494

        • 2005
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Thompson, R.,Poppy, G. M.,Powell, W.

          Reduced response of insecticide-resistant aphids and attraction of parasitoids to aphid alarm pheromone; a potential fitness trade-off

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 95 : pp.37-46

        • 2003
          Foster, S. P.,Young, S.,Williamson, M. S.,Duce, I.,Denholm, I.,Devine, G. J.

          Analogous pleiotropic effects of insecticide resistance genotypes in peach-potato aphids and houseflies

          Heredity 91(2) : pp.98-106
          doi: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800285

        • 2003
          Foster, S. P.,Kift, N. B.,Baverstock, J.,Sime, S.,Reynolds, K.,Jones, J. E.,Thompson, R.,Tatchell, G. M.

          Association of MACE-based insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae with reproductive rate, response to alarm pheromone and vulnerability to attack by Aphidius colemani

          Pest Management Science 59 : pp.1169-1178

        • 2003
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Thompson, R.

          Variation in response to neonicotinoid insecticides in peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Pest Management Science 59 : pp.166-173

        • 2002
          Field, L. M.,Foster, S. P.

          Amplified esterase genes and their relationship with other insecticide resistance mechanisms in English field populations of the aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Pest Management Science 58 : pp.889-894

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

          Bioassay and field-simulator studies of the efficacy of pymetrozine against peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae), possessing different mechanisms of insecticide resistance

          Pest Management Science 58 : pp.805-810

        • 2002
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Field-simulator studies of insecticide resistance to dimethylcarbamates and pyrethroids conferred by metabolic- and target site-based mechanisms in peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Pest Management Science 58 : pp.811-816

        • 2002
          Foster, S. P.,Harrington, R.,Dewar, A. M.,Denholm, I.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Temporal and spatial dynamics of insecticide resistance in Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Pest Management Science 58 : pp.895-907

        • 2000
          Foster, S. P.,Denholm, I.,Devonshire, A. L.

          The ups and downs of insecticide resistance in peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae ) in the UK

          Crop Protection 19 : pp.873-879

        • 1999
          Martinez-Torres, D.,Foster, S. P.,Field, L. M.,Devonshire, A. L.,Williamson, M. S.

          A sodium channel point mutation is associated with resistance to DDT and pyrethroid insecticides in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Insect Molecular Biology 8 : pp.339-346

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

          Field-simulator study of insecticide resistance conferred by esterase-, MACE- and kdr-based mechanisms in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Pesticide Science 55 : pp.810-814

        • 1999
          Foster, S. P.,Woodcock, C. M.,Williamson, M. S.,Devonshire, A. L.,Denholm, I.,Thompson, R.

          Reduced alarm response by peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae $ (Hemiptera: Aphididae), with knock-down resistance to insecticides (kdr ) may impose a fitness cost through increased vulnerability to natural enemies

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 89(2) : pp.133-138
          doi: 10.1017/S0007485399000218

        • 1998
          Devonshire, A. L.,Field, L. M.,Foster, S. P.,Moores, G. D.,Williamson, M. S.,Blackman, R. L.

          The evolution of insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae

          Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 353(1376) : pp.1677-1684
          doi: 10.1098/rstb.1998.0318 Open Access

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

          Intensification of insecticide resistance in UK field populations of the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in 1996

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 88 : pp.127-130

        • 1997
          Foster, S. P.,Harrington, R.,Devonshire, A. L.,Denholm, I.,Clark, S. J.,Mugglestone, M. A.

          Evidence for a possible fitness trade-off between insecticide resistance and the low temperature movement that is essential for survival of UK populations of Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 87 : pp.573-579

        • 1997
          Field, L. M.,Anderson, A. P.,Denholm, I.,Foster, S. P.,Harling, Z. K.,Javed, N.,Martinez-Torres, D.,Moores, G. D.,Williamson, M. S.,Devonshire, A. L.

          Use of biochemical and DNA diagnostics for characterising multiple mechanisms of insecticide resistance in the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer)

          Pesticide Science 51 : pp.283-289

        • 1996
          Foster, S. P.,Harrington, R.,Devonshire, A. L.,Denholm, I.,Devine, G. J.,Kenward, M. G.,Bale, J. S.

          Comparative survival of insecticide-susceptible and resistant peach-potato aphids, Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), in low temperature field trials

          Bulletin of Entomological Research 86(1) : pp.17-27
          doi: 10.1017/S0007485300052159

        Pages

        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