Reducing insect pests on cereal crops by exploiting beneficial species interactions, University of Liverpool
Greenhouse experiments will use multifactorial experiments to unravel important interactions that have strong potential for reducing pest numbers in crop fields. This work will involve training on experimental design, plant-microbe-insect handling, and statistical and bioinformatics analyses. Chemical analysis will focus on plant chemicals that can alter insect growth rates and enhance the effectiveness of natural enemies for pest population control. This analysis will be undertaken in the Centre for Metabolomics Research at Liverpool University.