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

Publications

  1. & Fungal volatile organic compounds show promise as potent molluscicides. Pest Management Science
  2. & Sense and nonsense of the secondary metabolites data requirements in the EU for beneficial microbial control agents. Biological Control 136, 104005
  3. & Can Insects Develop Resistance to Insect Pathogenic Fungi?. PLoS ONE 8(4), e60248
  4. & Highly specific host-pathogen interactions influence Metarhizium brunneum blastospore virulence against Culex quinquefasciatus larvae. Virulence 9(1), 1449-1467.
  5. & Improving the delivery and efficiency of fungus-impregnated cloths for control of adult Aedes aegypti using a synthetic attractive lure. Parasites & Vectors 11(1)

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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

  • Novel formulations for deployment of biopesticides with fumigatory activity (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Joel Loveridge
  • Optimising the impact of semiochemicals for thrips monitoring and control. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Joel Loveridge
  • Novel products and strategies for wireworm control in potatoes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • Prospecting the insect model, Galleria mellonella, for gut-related pathobiology (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Coates
  • The Development of Novel IPM Wireworm Programs for France (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Wilson
  • Novel versatile semiochemical dispensers for improved pest monitoring and control (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Joel Loveridge
    Other supervisor: Dr William Allen
  • Micro RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation of fungal pathology of insect hosts. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • Insights into the effect of ethylene on Beauveria bassiana endophyte colonisation of Solanum lycopersicon (Tomatoe) (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza
    Other supervisor: Dr Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza
  • '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
  • Bioactive volatile and secretory metabolites of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • ''Development of Metarhizium brunneum for control of mosquito larvae'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull

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.