Pest management of aphid BYDV vectors in winter cereals PhD Studentship

This AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds funded project will investigate host-plant interactions between BYDV vectors and winter wheat in order to develop novel sustainable crop protection tools. To do this the project is divided into three objectives: 1) the project will investigate the potential of using plants that are preferred hosts for BYDV vectors to reduce the numbers of aphids entering the crop; 2) the project will record the responses of natural enemies of BYDV vectors to trap crop and AHDB Recommended Lists varieties to determine the potential of conservation biological control being used in conjunction with trap cropping; 3) the project will identify and exploit the volatile chemicals produced by the highly susceptible heritage winter wheat varieties and those associated with BYDV infection to improve reliability of in-field monitoring of cereal aphids.