Professor Tariq Butt
Personal Chair
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 295374
Room: Academic Office - 142
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Publications

  1. & Improving the delivery and efficiency of fungus-impregnated cloths for control of adult Aedes aegypti using a synthetic attractive lure. Parasites & Vectors 11(1)
  2. & Significant mortality of eggs and young larvae of two pine processionary moth species due to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 1-15.
  3. & Combined use of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium brunneum , and the mosquito predator, Toxorhynchites brevipalpis, for control of mosquito larvae: Is this a risky biocontrol strategy?. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 153, 38-50.
  4. & Pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa, Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae) larvae are highly susceptible to the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium brunneum and Beauveria bassiana. Biocontrol Science and Technology 27(10), 1168-1179.
  5. & An innovative strategy for control of the chestnut weevil Curculio elephas (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) using Metarhizium brunneum. Crop Protection 102, 147-153.

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Teaching

  • BIO319 Biological Control of Invertebrate Pests

    This module presents an overview of the socio-economic impact of major invertebrate pests and the challenges of developing environmentally friendly methods of control which reduce or eliminate dependency on convetional synthetic chemical pesticides. The module is appropriate to a wide range of students. It looks at (in particular) life cycles of major invertebrate pests (of crops plus vectors of human and animal diseases), microbial and microbial biological control agents and strategies to integrate these agents into complex pest management programmes. The module also considers factors which drive the development of biological control agents as well as the problems in developing these agents including the risks they pose. It also involves instruction on preparing a report and in solving analytical questions (as problem solving is claimed to be a strength of Bioscience graduates). Material is presented in lectures and as required reading in the set text.

Supervision

  • Optimising the impact of semiochemicals for thrips monitoring and control. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Joel Loveridge
  • Endophytic insect pathogenic fungi: Insights into plant-fungus signaling mechanisms. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza
    Other supervisor: Dr Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza
  • Novel products and strategies for wireworm control in potatoes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • Micro RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation of fungal pathology of insect hosts. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • The Development of Novel IPM Wireworm Programs for France (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Wilson
  • Interrogating the potential immune-modulating properties of Cordyceps sinensis (caterpillar mushroom) using the insect model, Galleria mellonella, for gut-related pathobiology (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Coates
  • 'Semiochemical sprays "flush out" Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) from cryptic habits and improve monitoring and control' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • ''Development of Metarhizium brunneum for control of mosquito larvae'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • Bioactive volatile and secretory metabolites of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood

Research Groups

  • Biocontrol and Natural Products (BANP)

    We study the potential of organisms, particularly fungi and microalgae, to provide biomass and novel compounds (including chemical feedstocks, therapeutics and nutraceuticals), and act as agents for biocontrol and bioremediation.