Neil Audsley

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


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  • Area of expertise
    Invertebrate physiology/endocrinology
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

Neil's major research interests include invertebrate endocrinology, physiology and biochemistry, peptidomics, novel pesticide targets and delivery systems (including invertebrate hormones and receptors, modifying reproductive behaviour, microencapsulation for enhanced oral uptake, novel toxins and RNA-interference) biopesticides and biorational pesticides. He conducts research and provides management for collaborative projects on native, invasive and emerging pests for customers including Defra, Levy boards, Innovate UK and the European Commission. A major impact of this work is that it contributes towards control strategies and advising policy to government (Defra (Plant Health), EU commission and the European Food Safety Authority.

Neil has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed papers. He is a member of the industry-led spotted winged drosophila working group and the Royal Entomological Society. He regularly reviews scientific journal articles and grant proposals (UK and international) and co-supervises PhD students at Leeds and Newcastle University.

Neil manages a variety of projects and is the project coordinator for the EU-funded project - Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens.

EU Project: DROPSA - FP7 Coordinator

This project is about sustainable & effective solutions to control new pests and pathogens for fruit production. Fruit crops account for 17% of the value of the EU's agricultural production and the fruit and vegetables supply chain has an estimated turnover of more than €120 billion with over 550,000 employees and around 1.4 million growers. It is estimated that insect pests destroy approximately 14% of all potential food production globally. Therefore it is reasonable to estimate that fruit losses from pests and pathogens accounts for over €10 billion in revenue and 3 million tonnes of produce to the EU fruit industry.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Cuthbertson AGS, Audsley N (2016). Further Screening of Entomopathogenic Fungi and Nematodes as Control Agents for Drosophila suzukii. Insects 7:24

Ferguson CTJ, O’Neill TL, Audsley N, Isaac RE (2015). The sexually dimorphic behaviour of adult Drosophila suzukii: elevated female locomotor activity and loss of siesta is a post-mating response. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:3855-3861.

Bell HA, Cuthbertson AGS, Audsley N (2016). The potential use of allicin as a biopesticide for the control of the house fly, Musca domestica L. International Journal of Pest Management 62(2):111-118.

Audsley N, Down RE (2015). G protein coupled receptors as targets for next generation pesticides. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 67:27-37.

Audsley N, Down RE, Isaac RE (2015). Genomic and peptidomic analyses of the neuropeptides from the emerging pest, Drosophila suzukii. Peptides 68:33–42.

Events past and future

XXV International Congress of Entomology. Orlando, USA (ICE2016), Florida, USA. Co-organised/chaired session on the control of invertebrate reproduction and presented two papers:
Audsley N and Down R. Targeting reproduction and development as a control strategy for pest Diptera.
Audsley N and Cuthbertson AG. Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens.

28th Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists. Leuven, Belgium, 2016. Invited state of the art speaker:
Audsley N. G-protein coupled receptors: targets for next generation pesticides.

EXPO Milan 2015. EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH & INNOVATION. Agri-Food Chain: Health Checks and Smart Treatments for Our Plants. Invited speaker:
"Management of invasive pests and diseases: achievements and progress of PALM PROTECT and DROPSA.

Invertebrate Neuropeptide conference, El Calafate, Argentina. Invited speaker:
Neil Audsley and Elwyn Isaac. Genomic and peptidomic analyses of the neuropeptides from the invasive pest, Drosophila suzukii.

Xth EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF ENTOMOLOGY, York, UK, 2014. Co-organised/chaired session on the regulation of insect physiology and behaviour and gave a presentation: Strategies for the eradication and containment of the invasive pests Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier and Paysandisia archon Burmeister (Palm Protect).

Epitheliome 2014, Glasgow, UK. Invited speaker:
GPCRs; novel targets and modes of action for pesticides.

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