Lecturer in Biotechnology
My research is primarily focused on agricultural biotechnology. Climate change, population growth and the with-drawl of pesticide products from the EU threaten food security and innovation in this area is increasingly recognised as the means to tackle these problems. To this end my research focuses on the interactions between environment and organism and understanding the molecular interactions of the system. This work has developed initially from a specialism in transgenic crops and their impact on non-target organisms (and the ability of non-target arthropods to respond to insecticidal molecules) to the molecular basis of plant-insect interactions (to enhance crop protection), insect-insect interactions (as a novel source of insecticidal molecules) and most recently insect-microbe interactions (as a source of novel molecules).
Future work will include a strong emphasis on novel cell wall degrading enzymes for the development of lignocellulosic materials (wood and straw) as biofuel.