Christina Faulder – SWD push & pull

I obtained my BSc and in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and my MSc in Entomology from Harper Adams University. My BSc examined preference-performance in insect herbivores. ‘Does mother know best?’ while my MSc examined the effect of intercropping as a method to reduce the pest incidence of the bird-cherry oat aphid (Rhopalosiphum padi). After working at NIAB EMR as a research entomologist (assistant), I came to the University of Greenwich, to start my PhD researching ‘Developing a ‘push-pull’ strategy for the management of Drosophila suzukii (SWD), with the long-term aim of pushing the pest from the crop whilst simultaneously pulling the insect into a trap. SWD is an economic pest first discovered in the UK in 2012, it oviposits in soft and stone fruit using its serrated oviscapts to cut through the epicarp of ripe fruit. Fruit collapse is caused by larval feeding and secondary infections via the punctured fruit skin. Currently I am examining new repellents using EAG (electroantennograms) to see if they elicit antennal responses in SWD.