Multitrophic ecosystem services
A new PhD in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London (funding from RHUL and the East Malling Trust) is researching the dual role that hoverflies may play in controlling aphids and pollinating strawberry crops. The aim is to enhance biological control of aphids with hoverfly larvae to reduce the use of insecticides, but simultaneously, to gain an understanding of whether these same species can be utilised for crop pollination in the hoverfly adult stage. By providing extra floral resources in crops, it may be possible to regulate aphids by manipulating the predatory arthropod community and promoting the growth of populations of pollinating insects.
Student: Dylan Hodgkiss
Co-supervisor: Prof. Mark Brown, Royal Holloway University, London