This project concerns biological pest control with natural enemies. It focuses on Brevicoryne brassicae, which is an important pest of vegetable brassica crops. Aphid populations on horticultural crops increase in the spring and the autumn, interspersed with a period in midsummer when they decline rapidly, or ‘crash’. Data collected at the Warwick Crop Centre, through HDC-funded projects, suggest that the crash is caused by naturally occurring fungal pathogens.
Training in the assimilation and summary of information from a variety of sources, design and execution of field and laboratory experiments, fungal molecular biology, data analysis, insect rearing techniques, writing and presentation skills.