Phil Northing

Phil Northing is a science leader with 20 years of experience in agricultural science.

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  • Area of expertise
    Developing country agriculture and crop health
  • Years of experience
    20
  • Highest qualification
    BSc

Over the last 10 years Phil has moved into science management and now leads a team of over 140 scientists who provide diagnostic and R&D services to both government and the commercial sector. The main focus of these teams is on pests and diseases of agriculture and the environment, but the portfolio of work encompasses epidemiology, ecology, molecular biology, environmental economics and statistics as well as the traditional diagnostic approaches.

With a background in ecology, entomology and computer programming Phil has delivered a diverse portfolio of projects, including:

  • Developing Decision Support Systems for growers and their advisors
  • Utilising field margin biodiversity to enhance the natural control of pests in agricultural crops
  • Developing Integrated Pest Management systems for glasshouse crops
  • Developing Monte Carlo models to estimate the exposure of consumers to chemicals migrating out of food packaging

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Over the last 10 years Phil has moved into science management and now leads a team of over 140 scientists who provide diagnostic and R&D services to both government and the commercial sector. The main focus of these teams is on pests and diseases of agriculture and the environment, but the portfolio of work encompasses epidemiology, ecology, molecular biology, environmental economics and statistics as well as the traditional diagnostic approaches.

Latest Papers and Articles

A. Fox, L. E. Collins, R. Macarthur, L. F. Blackburn, P. Northing, (2017). New aphid vectors and efficiency of transmission of Potato virus A and strains of Potato virus Y in the UK. Plant Pathology 66(2), 325-335

Cuthbertson AGS; Mathers JJ; Blackburn LF; Korycinska A; Powell ME; Luo W; Jacobson RJ; Northing P; (2013) Population development of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) under simulated UK glasshouse conditions. Insects 4,185-197.

Cuthbertson AGS; Mathers JJ; Croft P; Nattriss N; Blackburn LF; Luo WQ; Northing P; Murai T; Jacobson RJ; Walters KFA; (2012) Prey consumption rates and compatibility with pesticides of four predatory mites from the family Phytoseiidae attacking Thrips palmi Karny (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Pest Management Science 68(9),1289-1295.

Powell ME; Cuthbertson AGS; Bell HA; Boonham N; Morris J; Northing P; (2012) First record of the Q Biotype of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, intercepted in the UK European Journal of Plant Pathology 133(4),797-801.

Northing, P. (2009). Extensive field based aphid monitoring as an information tool for the UK seed potato industry. Aspects of Applied Biology 94, 31-34.

Northing, P; Oldring, PKT; Castle, L; Mason, PASS; (2009). New hierarchical classification of food items for the assessment of exposure to packaging migrants: use of hub codes for different food groups. Food Additives and Contaminants 26 (4), 534-562.

Singh, SR; Walters, KFA; Port, GR; Northing, P (2004). Consumption rates and predatory activity of adult and fourth instar larvae of the seven spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata (L.), following contact with dimethoate residues and contaminated prey in laboratory arenas. Biological Control 30, 127-133.

Powell,W; Walters, KFA; A’Hara, S; Ashby, J; Stevenson, H & Northing, P (2003). Using field margin diversification in agri-environment schemes to enhance aphid natural enemies. IOBC wprs Bulletin 26(4), 123-128.

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


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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All Crop Health Services
Researching

Read about Phil 's latest research project...

Over the last 10 years Phil has moved into science management and now leads a team of over 140 scientists who provide diagnostic and R&D services to both government and the commercial sector. The main focus of these teams is on pests and diseases of agriculture and the environment, but the portfolio of work encompasses epidemiology, ecology, molecular biology, environmental economics and statistics as well as the traditional diagnostic approaches.

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Latest Papers and Articles

A. Fox, L. E. Collins, R. Macarthur, L. F. Blackburn, P. Northing, (2017). New aphid vectors and efficiency of transmission of Potato virus A and strains of Potato virus Y in the UK. Plant Pathology 66(2), 325-335

Cuthbertson AGS; Mathers JJ; Blackburn LF; Korycinska A; Powell ME; Luo W; Jacobson RJ; Northing P; (2013) Population development of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) under simulated UK glasshouse conditions. Insects 4,185-197.

Cuthbertson AGS; Mathers JJ; Croft P; Nattriss N; Blackburn LF; Luo WQ; Northing P; Murai T; Jacobson RJ; Walters KFA; (2012) Prey consumption rates and compatibility with pesticides of four predatory mites from the family Phytoseiidae attacking Thrips palmi Karny (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Pest Management Science 68(9),1289-1295.

Powell ME; Cuthbertson AGS; Bell HA; Boonham N; Morris J; Northing P; (2012) First record of the Q Biotype of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, intercepted in the UK European Journal of Plant Pathology 133(4),797-801.

Northing, P. (2009). Extensive field based aphid monitoring as an information tool for the UK seed potato industry. Aspects of Applied Biology 94, 31-34.

Northing, P; Oldring, PKT; Castle, L; Mason, PASS; (2009). New hierarchical classification of food items for the assessment of exposure to packaging migrants: use of hub codes for different food groups. Food Additives and Contaminants 26 (4), 534-562.

Singh, SR; Walters, KFA; Port, GR; Northing, P (2004). Consumption rates and predatory activity of adult and fourth instar larvae of the seven spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata (L.), following contact with dimethoate residues and contaminated prey in laboratory arenas. Biological Control 30, 127-133.

Powell,W; Walters, KFA; A’Hara, S; Ashby, J; Stevenson, H & Northing, P (2003). Using field margin diversification in agri-environment schemes to enhance aphid natural enemies. IOBC wprs Bulletin 26(4), 123-128.

Services

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


Insect Monitoring

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

Learn more

Soil Health Unit

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

Learn more

Grower support tools

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

Learn more

All Crop Health Services

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