Giles Budge

Giles is a world leading expert on bee and crop health with extensive experience of designing surveillance and control regimes for endemic and invasive pests and diseases.


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  • Area of expertise
    Crop and Bee Health & Plant and Insect Pathology
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

Giles has expertise in evaluating the cost and benefit of farming practices as well as having expertise in pollinator biology and apiculture. He is particularly interested in using molecular methods and modelling processes to investigate the biology of study organisms combined with his areas of interests in apiculture, microbiology, epidemiology, crop protection, entomology and host/parasite genetics. As an applied scientist, Giles is interested in finding intelligent and practical science solutions to real-world problems that assist industry and/or inform policy makers.

Giles is a fellow of the Royal Society of Entomology and a member of Defra’s Bee Health and Advisory Forum. He believes strongly that high quality outputs are more likely to result from interdisciplinary science and his ethos is to work collaboratively rather than in isolation. This is evidenced by leading several large collaborative grants, including a successful BBSRC funded transatlantic partnering award, a project funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative and providing the technical leadership for a new UK Centre for Crop Health & Protection (CHAP).

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Fera offers a range of scientific services to help farmers, plant-protection product manufacturers and policymakers to protect pollinators and enhance both crop productivity and the environmental sustainability of agriculture.

The activities of insect pollinators contribute up to £400 billion annually to global to crop production – improving crop yield, visual quality and even boosting nutritional content. Pollinating services are provided by a range of insect species including butterflies, bumblebees, hoverflies, honey bees and moths.

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Latest Papers and Articles

2017 Keeling M, Datta S, Franklin D, Flatman I, Wattam A, Brown M, Budge GE. Efficient use of sentinel sites: Detection of invasive honey bee pests and diseases in the UK. Journal of the Royal Society Interface DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0908.

2017 Franklin DN, Brown MA, Datta S, Cuthbertson AG, Budge GE and Keeling M.J. Invasion dynamics of Asian hornet, Vespa velutina (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): a case study of a commune in south-west France. Applied Entomology and Zoology 52: 1-9.

2017 Gillespie MAK, Baude M, Biesmeijer J, Boatman N, Budge GE, Crowe A, Memmott J, Morton RD, Pietravalle S, Potts SG, Senapathi D, Smart SM and Kunin WE. A method for the objective selection of landscape-scale study regions and sites at the national level. Methods Ecol Evol. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12779.

2017 Chauzat MP, Jacques A, Laurent M, Chabert M, Budge GE et al. pan-European epidemiological study reveals honey bee colony survival depends on beekeeper education and disease control. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0172591.

2017 Hernandez M, Higes H, Sagastume S…Budge GE, Meana A, Boonham N. Microsporidia infection impacts the host cell's cycle and reduces host cell apoptosis. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0170183.

Giles and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Bee and crop health, invasive species and their impact on UK pollinators. Control and surveillance systems.

Insect Monitoring

Providing you with the information you need to make pest control decisions.

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Soil Health Unit

Health tests, organism monitoring and metal detection for your soil, amongst other services

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Grower support tools

Cutting edge software to help growers optimise their crop yield and health

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