School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Ecology Research Students

Sienaa Al-Zurfi
Sienaa Al-Zurfi

Project description

I am a fourth-year PhD research student working with Dr Gordon Port and Dr Roy Sanderson. I'm investigating the efficacy of entomopathogenic fungi for control of tribolium castaneum and other stored products pests.

Pests of stored cereal products can be controlled with pesticides, but there is a risk of residues affecting human health. The pests frequently become resistant.

The food industry urgently needs alternative approaches for control of stored product insects, and entomopathogenic fungi are one possible control agent.

This project aims to investigate commercially available fungi to assess their effect on the insects. 

The mechanisms of infection, the impact on insect behaviour and the prospects for effective control will be investigated.

Interests

Entomology (stored product insect pests)

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science
  • MSc (Hons) Agricultural Science