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Professor Philip Stevenson
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Professor of Plant Chemistry. Over twenty years experience isolating, identifying and elucidating structures of plant chemicals and determining their biological activities. Particular interests in plant pesticides in resource-poor farming in Africa, resistance mechanisms to insects and diseases in crops (e.g., sweetpotato, groundnuts, chickpea, rice) and pollination ecology. Current funding sources include BBSRC, Science Foundation of Ireland, European Union (ACP S&T) and McKnight Foundation. Holds parallel position at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Extensive field experience in South Asia and Africa.

Dudley Farman
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Analytical chemist with over 18 years experience in analysis and formulation of insect pheromones and related natural products, and also in chemical quality assessment of horticultural produce. Wide experience of installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software, and of analytical equipment. Short-term overseas experience in Africa.

Professor David Hall
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Professor of Chemical Ecology. Natural products chemist with over 25 years experience in isolation, identification, synthesis, formulation and field application of insect semiochemicals and other natural products for monitoring and control of insect pests. Extensive short-term overseas experience in Asia, Africa and South America. Currently working on pests of coffee, cocoa, potatoes and wheat in developing countries, and horticultural pests in UK and the rest of Europe. Author of over 125 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Rick Hodges
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Visiting Professor of Grain Postharvest Management. Specialist in the reduction of grain postharvest losses, pest and commodity management of durable commodities in warehouses and shipping. Thirty years research, teaching and consultancy on pest and quality control on-farm, in warehouses and during transport, including: rational use of insecticides and fumigants; storage pest behaviour and ecology, especially of larger grain borer. Long-term experience in Ghana, Mali and Indonesia; field experience in many other countries. Working knowledge of French and Indonesian.

Dr G Mandela Fernandez-Grandon
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Research Fellow in Chemical Ecology/Entomology. A decade of experience working with crop pests and vectors of human diseases. Expertise in insect behavioural studies and electrophysiology. Particular areas of interest include the development of novel odour-based control methods for crop protection and the study of host manipulation by viruses/parasites and the potential for application.  Current research projects include evaluating mosquito oviposition preference (MRC funded), evaluating the feasibility of a broad spectrum repellant (Agritech) and development of a new attractant lure for Spotted Wing Drosophila (Agritech).

Dr Daniel Bray
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Senior Research Fellow in Chemical Ecology.