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Chemical Ecology and Plant Biochemistry

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Recent Publications


  • Stevenson, P.C., Farrell, I., Green P.W.C., Mvumi, B., Brankin A., Belmain, S.R. (2018) Novel Agmatine Derivatives in Maerua edulis With Bioactivity Against Callosobruchus maculatus, a Cosmopolitan Storage Insect Pest. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 1506.
  • Egan, P., Adler, L.S., Irwin, R.E., Farrel, I.W., Palmer-young, E., Stevenson P.C. Crop Domestication Alters Floral Reward Chemistry with Potential Consequences for Pollinator Health Frontiers in Plant Science.  9, 1357.
  • Adler, L.S., Ellner, S.P., McArt, S.H., Stevenson, P.C., Irwin, R.E. (2018) Diseases where you dine: Plant species and floral traits associated with pathogen transmission in bumble bees. Ecology, 99, 2535-2545.
  • Tembo, Y., Mkindi, A., Mkenda, P., Mpumi, Mwanauta, R., Stevenson P.C., Ndakidemi, P. Belmain S.R, 2018) Pesticidal Plant Extracts Improve Yield and Reduce Insect Pests on Legume Crops without Harming Beneficial Arthropods. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 1425.
  • Amoabeng, B.W., Stevenson, P.C., Pandey, S., Mochiah, M.B. & Gurr, G.M. (2018). Insecticidal activity of a native Australian tobacco, Nicotiana megalosiphon Van Heurck & Muell. Arg. (Solanales: Solanaceae) against key insect pests of brassicas. Crop Protection 106: 6–12.
  • Arnold, S.E.J., Perry, G.B., Spinelli, G.R., Pierre, B., Murray, F., Haughton, C., Dockery, O., Grey, L., Murphy, S.T., Belmain, S.R. & Stevenson, P.C. (2018). The significance of climate in the pollinator dynamics of a tropical agroforestry system. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 254, 1-9.
  • Rothchild, K.W., Adler, L.S., Irwin, R.E., Sadd, B.M., Stevenson, P.C., Palmer-Young, E.C. (2018) Effects of short-term exposure to naturally occurring thymol concentrations on transmission of a bumble bee parasite. Ecological Entomology, 43, 567-577.
  • Athanassiou, C., Bray, D., Hall, D.R., Phillips C. (2018) Factors affecting field performance of pheromone traps for tobacco beetle, Lasioderma serricorne and tobacco moth, Ephestia elutella. Journal of Pest Science, 91: 1381-1391
  • Baroffio C, Sigsgaard L., Ahrenfeldt, E.J., Borg-Karlson A-K, Bruun, S.A., Cross JV, Fountain, M.T., Hall DR, Ralle B, Trandem N, Wibe A. (2018). Combining plant volatiles and pheromones to catch two insect pests in the same trap: examples from two berry crops.  Crop Protection, 109: 1-8.
  • Sarfo, J.E., Campbell, C.A.M. and Hall, D.R. (2018) Optimal pheromone trap density for mass trapping cacao mirids. Entomologia experimentalis et applicata, 166: 565-573.
  • Sarfo, J. E., Campbell, C. A. M. and Hall, D. R. (2018) Design and placement of synthetic sex pheromone traps for cacao mirids in Ghana. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 38, 122-131.
  • Dudenhöffer, J.H., Ebeling, A., Klein, A.M. & Wagg, C. (2018) Beyond biomass: soil feedbacks are transient over plant life-stages and alter fitness. Journal of Ecology 106: 230-241.
  • Wagg, C., Dudenhöffer, J.H., Widmer, F. & van der Heijden, M.G.A. (2018) Linking diversity, synchrony and stability in soil microbial communities. Functional Ecology, 32: 1280-1292.


  • Barlow, S., Wright G.A., Ma, C., Barberis, M., Farrell, I.W., Marr, E.C., Brankin, A., Pavlik, B.M., Stevenson, P.C. (2017) Distasteful nectar deters floral robbery. Current Biology, 27, 2552-2558.
  • Koch, H., and Stevenson, P.C. (2017) Do Linden trees kill bees? Reviewing the causes of bee deaths on Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa). Biology Letters, 13, 20170484
  • Kamanula, J.F., Belmain S.R. Hall, D.R., Farman, D.I., Mvumi, B.M., Masumbu, F.F. Stevenson, P.C. (2017) Chemical variation and Insecticidal Activity of Lippia javanica Essential Oil against Sitophilus zeamais. Industrial Crops and Products, 110, 75-82.
  • Koch, H., Brown M.J.F., Stevenson P.C. (2017) The role of disease in bee foraging ecology, Current Opinion in Insect Science, 21, 60-67.
  • Stevenson, P.C., Nicolson, S.W. Wright, G.A. (2017) Plant secondary metabolites in nectar: impacts on pollinators and ecological functions. Functional Ecology, 31, 65-75.
  • Stevenson, P.C., Isman, M.B., Belmain S.R. Pesticidal plants in Africa: a global vision from local uses. Industrial Crops and Products.
  • Anyanga, M.O, Yada B., Yencho, G.C., Ssemakula, G.N., Farman, D. I., Mwanga, R.O.M and P.C. Stevenson. Inheritance of Chemical Traits that Confer Resistance to Insect Pests. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 1011.
  • Mkindi, A., Mpumi, N., Tembo, Y., Stevenson, P.C., Ndakidemi, P.A., Mtei, M., Machunda, R., Belmain, S.R. (2017) Invasive weeds with pesticidal properties as potential new crops, Industrial Crops and Products. 110, 113-122.
  • Rioba NB and Stevenson P.C. (2017) Potential of goat weed (Ageratum conyzoides) as a non-food crop for increased food productivity and ecosystem balance among smallholder farmers: a review. Industrial Crops and Products. 110, 22-29.
  • Benard Yada, Alajo, A., Ssemakula, G.N., Brown-Guedira, G., Otema, M.A., Stevenson, P.C., Mwanga, R.O.M., Yencho, G.C. (2017) Identification of simple sequence repeat markers for sweetpotato weevil resistance. Euphytica. 213, 129.
  • Green, P.W.C., Ndakidemi, P., Farrell, I., Belmain, S.R. Stevenson, P.C.  (2017) Compounds contributing to the insecticidal activity of extracts from Tithonia diversifolia and Vernonia amygdalina. Industrial Crops and Products, 110, 15-21
  • Folly, A.J., Koch, H., Stevenson, P.C., Brown, M.J.F. (2017) Larvae act as a transient transmission hub for the prevalent bumblebee parasite Crithidia bomb Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 148, 81–85.
  • Guerra, P.C, Keil, C., Stevenson, P.C, Mina, M, Samaniego, S, Peralta, E., Mazon, N. and Chancellor T.C.B. (2017) Larval Performance and Adult Attraction of Delia platura (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) in a Native and an Introduced Crop, Journal of Economic Entomology 110: 186-191.
  • Courtenay, O., Diliger, E., Carter, V., Bray, D., et al. (2017). Cluster randomised trial and development of a sandfly sex pheromone lure to reduce Leishmania infantum Tropical Medicine & International Health 22: 66-66.
  • Isberg, E., Bray, D.P., Hillbur, Y., and Ignell, R. (2017). Evaluation of host-derived volatiles for trapping Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43: 662-669.


  • Dudenhöffer, J.-H., Scheu, S. & Jousset, A. (2016) Systemic enrichment of antifungal traits in the rhizosphere microbiome after pathogen attack. Journal of Ecology, 104, 1566-1575.
  • Egan, P.A., Stevenson, P.C., Wright, G.A., Boylan, F, Stout, J.C. (2016) Toxic nectar varies at multiple spatial scales and in response to plant invasion. Journal of Ecology,104, 1106–1115.
  • Palmer-Young, E.C., Sadd, B.M., Stevenson, P.C. Irwin, R.E. and Adler, L.S. (2016) Bumble bee parasite strains vary in resistance to phytochemicals, Scientific Reports, 6, 37087.
  • Scott-Brown, A., Gregory, T., Farrell, I., Stevenson, P.C. (2016). Leaf trichomes and grayanotoxin 1 mediate plant defense against glasshouse thrips in Rhododendron simsii. Functional Plant Biology, 43, 1170-1182
  • Tjiurutue, M.C., Stevenson P.C., Adler, L.S. (2016) Messages from the other side: Parasites Receive Damage Cues from their Host Plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 42, 821-828.
  • Arnold, S.E.J., Stevenson, P.C. and Belmain, S.R. (2016) Shades of yellow: interactive effects of visual and odour cues in a pest beetles Peer J. 4, e2219.
  • Stevenson, P.C., Green, P.W.C., Veitch, N.C., Farrell, I., Kusolwa, P. Belmain, S.R., (2016) Nor-Hopanes explain pest control activity of Zanha africana root bark. Phytochemistry. 123, 25–32.
  • Tiedeken E-J., Egan, P.A., Stevenson, P.C., Wright, G.A., Brown, M.J.F., Power, E.F., Farrell., I., Matthews, S.M., Stout, J.C. (2016) Nectar chemistry modulates the impact of invasive plant species on native pollinators. Functional Ecology. 30, 885-893.
  • Stevenson P.C., and Belmain S.R., (2016) Pesticidal Plants in African Agriculture: Local uses and global perspectives. Outlook on Pest Management, 10, 226-229.
  • Dudenhöffer, J.H., Pufal, G., Roscher, C. & Klein, A.M. (2016): Plant density can increase invertebrate post-dispersal seed predation in an experimental grassland community. Ecology and Evolution 6: 3796-3807.
  • Isberg, E., Bray, D.P., Birgersson, G., Hillbur, Y., and Ignell, R. Identification of cattle-derived volatiles that modulate the behavioral response of the biting midge Culicoides nubeculosus (2017). Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 24-32.