Biopesticides at Fera

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Biopesticides at Fera

Meet the experts with over 250 years of experience of using and applying original thinking together with our partners to create bespoke study designs and reduce regulatory gaps.

Adopting an innovative approach to problem solving from preliminary testing right through to regulatory studies

Using our extensive experience and state of the art facilities, we will ensure your studies are well designed and deliver the data you need to make informed decisions

Dr Aoife Dillon - Crop Protection Principal Scientist

Aoife has over 25 years’ experience developing solutions which help landowners grow produce in a more sustainable way.

She has experience developing and testing a variety of biopesticides, include pheromones, microbes, and botanicals, having worked at BASF, EDEN Research and Exosect.

Dr Neil Audsley - Insect Endocrinologist

Neil Audsley major research interests include invertebrate endocrinology, physiology and biochemistry, peptidomics, novel pesticide targets and delivery systems biopesticides and biorational pesticides.

Neil is a senior scientist who provides strategic research and development into the management of invertebrate pests of agriculture, horticulture, pollinator and tree health importance.

Dr Maureen Wakefield - Insect Behaviour & Biocontrol Principal Scientist

Maureen is a research entomologist, with over 33 years’ experience, whose current research interests focus around integrated pest management of agriculturally important invertebrate pests and invasive species and the potential use of insects as a novel source of protein for animal feed and other high value materials .

Maureen has spent her career on research to improve understanding of insect behaviour and chemical ecology, in particular with regard to detection and monitoring and the development of novel control methods, including the use of biological control agents such as parasitoids, predators and entomopathogenic fungi.

Dr Phil Jennings - Plant Pathologist

Phil co-ordinates the efficacy testing work stream which includes primary (laboratory) and secondary (glasshouse and small-scale field) screening of early development compounds, larger scale trials for near market and commercially available products and resistance screening.

Phil Jennings has over 25 years of experience in fungal plant pathology, especially epidemiology, disease control, experimental/field trial designs and investigative research approaches.

Debbie Collins - Efficacy Tester

Debbie is a research scientist with over 25 years of experience in the field of efficacy evaluation.

Activities also include the generation of efficacy evaluation data for product registration dossiers, pesticide resistance tests and assessing the integrity of food packaging and product infestability.

Selwyn Wilkins - Senior Bee Ecotoxicologist

He co-chairs the Brood Working Group and is an active member of the International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations (ICPPR) involved with a number of  number of working groups.

Directly involved with the development and ring testing of new bee toxicity testing methods (e.g. OECD TG 245, 246 & 247, GD 332 and amendment of GD 75).

He also acts as UK a representative on the OECD Expert Panel on Development of Honey Bee Testing Methods and Guidelines.

Dr Chris Sinclair - Head of Efate and metabolism

He was the Fera supervisor for an IAFRI funded PhD titled ‘Environmental Fate and Risk Assessment in Soil of RNAi-based biopesticide dsRNA V-ATPase subunit A against small hive beetle Aethina tumida’.

Steering group member (2020) for the development of PAS9017 - Plastics – Biodegradation of polyolefins in an open-air terrestrial environment – Specification.

Member (2020 – 2021) of the OECD ad-hoc Expert Group on Anaerobic Transformation of Chemicals in Liquid Manure (EG-ATLM).

Member 2021 – ongoing) of the UK’s Food Safety Authority (FSA) Register of Specialists – Providing support to the Joint Expert Group on Animal Feed and Feed Additives (AFFAJEG) to assess submissions in the UK for Feed Additives that require a Phase II Environmental Risk Assessment.

Lisa Heely - GLP Quality Assurance Manager

Lisa is an active member of Research Quality Assurance (RQA) including chairing the GLP committee and being a member of this year’s annual conference programme committee.

Lisa has worked in the GLP environment since 1993 and has worked for a range of large and small organisations.

Lisa has previous Biopesticides experience when she worked for Applied Insect Science contract facility.

Emiline Quill - Senior Microbiologist

Member of ISO AW/9 committee since 2010. This ISO committee is responsible for the preparation and revision of British Standards, the UK input into ISO/TC 34/SC 9 and CEN/TC 463 and for maintaining liaison with other appropriate bodies.

Member of Institute for Safety in Technology and Research since 2018 – as part of Biological Safety Officer role.

20+ years of experience in microbiology working within both ACDP Level 2 and ACDP Level 3 laboratories.

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