Resistance and susceptibility in interactions between apple and woolly aphids

Lead Research Organisation: Harper Adams University
Department Name: Crops and Environment Sciences


The woolly apple aphid (WAA; Eriosoma lanigerum) is one of the most important pests of apples in many of the world's apple-growing regions, able to feed from the roots, trunks, branches and shoots. This studentship presents an exciting opportunity to address the current lack of knowledge concerning plant resistance to WAA and the life cycle and genetic diversity of the pest.
The student will work alongside recognised research scientists and colleagues from industry (growers and agronomists) to develop skills in plant and insect science that will help address practical aspects of agronomy and food security.
The project will provide training in important scientific skills including development and application of molecular markers, screening plants for resistance to insects, studying insect ecology in the field and using environmentally-controlled cabinets to mimic seasonal changes in temperature and day-length to explore the pest's life cycle responses.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/T509024/1 30/09/2019 29/09/2023
2290730 Studentship BB/T509024/1 30/09/2019 29/09/2023 Cindayniah Jane Godfrey
Description Presentation at Tree Fruit Technical Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB EMR and the AHDB historically have hosted day-long meetings for researchers in tree fruit horticulture (apple, pear, cherry etc.) to communicate recent and ongoing research into current issues in tree fruit production in the UK. For both years finding from the project were presented to tree fruit growers, agronomists and others working in the fruit industry. There was then the opportunity to engage with industry members to answer any questions they have about the research and to establish connections to gather data for the project.

Since the first presentation several industry members have told me that they listened to the presentation and approached the pest differently in their orchards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022