Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
The aim of my research is to characterise the molecular mechanisms underlying resistance of beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, to select insecticides and develop tools and strategies to combat resistance. This involves insecticide bioassays to assess the sensitivity to different insecticides, creation of a de novo transcriptome for S. exigua and identification and functional expression of detox. genes associated with resistance.
This knowledge will facilitate practical tools and solutions that can be used to prevent, slow, or overcome resistance.
(2015) MSc Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter
(2014) BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology, University of Lincoln
Project Title: Investigating the molecular basis of insecticide control failure in the Beet Armyworm, Spodoptera exigua
Supervisors: Professor Chris Bass, Dr Ben Raymond, Dr Jan Elias
Funding Body: BBSRC CASE studentship (Syngenta)