Insects pose a major threat to food production and to the health of plants, animals and humans as vectors of various disease agents. In the lab we examine the molecular interactions between viruses and insects, and between microbe-derived insect toxins and their receptors. Fundamental knowledge of these interactions is then used to optimize current insect pest management strategies and to develop novel environmentally benign solutions.
Current projects include:
Insect virus discovery
Modification of Bt toxins to target hemipteran pests
Impact of viruses and poor nutrition on honey bee health
Identification of plant virus receptors in their aphid vectors
More information can be found under the Research link.