Maureen Wakefield


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

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. More recently her research has focussed research on insects as a novel source of protein for animal feed and for other high value materials with an emphasis on insect rearing methodologies and nutrition. This has included involvement in the EU FP7 project PROteINSECT. Maureen is an experienced project manager who has led commercial, government and European Commission funded projects. Maureen is an editor of Journal of Stored Product Research, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Royal Society Biology Senior Plant Health Professional.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Charlton, A.J., Dickinson, M., Wakefield, M.E., Fitches, E., Kenis, M., Han, R., Kone, N., Grant, M., Devic, E., Bruggeman, G., Prior, R. and Smith, R. (2015). Exploring the chemical safety of fly larvae as a source of protein for animal feed. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 1(1): 7-16.

Fitches, E.C., Kenis, M., Charlton, A.J., Bruggeman, G., Muys, B., Smith, R., Melzer, G. and Wakefield, M.E. (2015). Enabling the exploitation of insects as a sustainable source of protein for animal feed and human nutrition. In: Garnsworthy, P.C and Wiseman, J. eds. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition – 2014, pp 107-115.. 

Rosario, M. R., Claydon, A.J., Fitches, E.C., Wakefield, M.E. and Charlton, A.J. (2016). Sequence homology of the fly proteins tropomyosin, arginine kinase and myosin light chain with known allergens in invertebrates. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 2(2): 69-81.

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Maureen attends a range of events throughout the year, discussing current research and trends within entomology.

EAPR 2017

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