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Simon R. Leather
Harper Adams University
257Publications
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#1Jenan S. Alharbi (The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training)
#2Qaderya Alawadhi (The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training)
Last.Simon R. Leather (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 38
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Household ants are regarded as a major household pest and their close association with microorganisms and people means that they may constitute a disease risk. Our study is the first to provide information on the pathogenicity of Monomorium spp. a common insect in Kuwait by quantifying and identifying the exoskeleton bacterial burden. Samples of Monomorium were collected in June from indoor and outdoor sites of 30 houses located in two residential districts. The study identified a total of 16 di...
#1Pedro Cardoso (AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 28
#2Simon R. Leather (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 38
#1Yves BassetH-Index: 42
#2Scott E. Miller (National Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 38
Last.Raphael K. Didham (UWA: University of Western Australia)H-Index: 24
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In 1987, in the first issue of Conservation Biology, Edward O. Wilson wrote about the “little things that run the world” – the importance and conservation of insects (Wilson, 1987). Readers of Insect Conservation and Diversity will no doubt be very familiar with the concept. Sadly, however, this perception is not as widely shared among the rest of the scientific community as it should be, and insects are still comparatively neglected as a prime focus of scientific investigations.
Over the past decade or so, there has been an increasing concern that the use of conventional synthetic pesticides may be having a detrimental effect not just on pollinators and other beneficial insects (Goulson et al., 2015; Regan et al., 2017), but also on insects in general (Sorg et al., 2013; Pisa et al., 2015; Leather, 2018; Main et al., 2018). In addition, the problem of insect resistance to insecticides is a serious problem, with almost 600 arthropod species‐resistant to one or more of th...
#1Katy Reed (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 2
#2Sandra DenmanH-Index: 18
Last.Daegan J. G. InwardH-Index: 6
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he two spotted oak buprestid, Agrilus biguttatus Fabricus, is implicated in oak decline events across Europe, and is strongly linked to Acute Oak Decline in the U.K., although its role in the syndrome remains under investigation. In the U.K., the beetle is restricted to south and central England. The present study aimed to improve our understanding of the beetle's life history and thermal requirements, intending to explain its U.K. distribution, and to collect data for lifecycle modelling. Novel...
#1Charlotte Rowley (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 2
#2Andrew Cherrill (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 16
Last.Tom W. Pope (Harper Adams University)H-Index: 7
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BACKGROUND: Saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), is a pest of cereal crops in Europe. Outbreaks are difficult to predict and effective monitoring tools are required to ensure the effectiveness of pest management options. The female sex pheromone, (R)-2-nonyl butyrate, provides the basis of a highly effective lure for this insect. Here, we demonstrate how the success of this lure can be influenced by parameters such as trap location, lure age, and inter...
Research into insect decline over the years indicates increased funding is required for long term monitoring and more research to support sustainable agriculture. Planning authorities need to consider how to mitigate the impact of urbanisation and roads on invertebrate populations.
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