I am Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, currently funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 through a Research Fellowship. My main research aim is to identify and characterise factors that underpin virus and vector success in agricultural ecosystems. I also contribute towards multi-partner projects that aim to develop smart and sustainable AI-driven pest management solutions and I have an ongoing and active interest in the identification and characterisation of plant traits that confer resistance against aphids.
We have several resources that can be shared with collaborating teams. These include insecticide resistant clones of the peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae), several fully-characterised (genotype and endosymbiont characterisation) cereal aphid lines, including grain aphids (Sitobion avenae), bird cherry-oat aphids (Rhopalosiphum padi) and rose-grain aphids (Metopolophium dirhodum). We also hold cultures of two barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), BYDV-MAV and BYDV-PAV. Please get in contact via email if you are interested in these resources.