RRES is the largest public sector institute in the UK working on land-based agricultural science. Work on crop protection concerns three of the institute’s eight science departments. Plant Pathology and Microbiology investigates interactions between plants and pathogenic agents (viruses, fungi and nematodes) to develop durable and environmentally sound strategies for the control of crop diseases. There is strong expertise in genomics to develop novel diagnostics for diseases and fungicide resistance. Biological Chemistry has world prominence in chemical ecology, including identification of key semiochemicals and exploitation of plant stress signals for induced crop defence. Pioneering work on insecticide resistance is done jointly with Plant and Invertebrate Ecology, which also encompasses the function of agro-ecosystems, and the genetics and spatiotemporal dynamics of pests and their natural enemies. There is particular strength in translating basic research into integrated pest management strategies.


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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE