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Invertebrate Pests & Novel Control

Our world-leading research provides practical solutions to the key pest challenges facing the agriculture, horticulture and forestry industries. Our expertise can assist you from early stage pre-commercialisation research, through the preparation of registration dossiers, to product stewardship. Our unique selling point stems from our interdisciplinary approaches and access to specialist facilities that ensure that our customers achieve the required solutions.

Major customers include Defra, Levy bodies, other government departments and the European Commission. We also undertake bespoke studies and services for commercial customers.

Examples of our services:

  • Development of novel control methods for invertebrate pests: Research and development into novel pesticide targets and delivery systems, including hormones and receptors, parasitic wasp venoms, enhanced biological control by immune suppression, modifying reproductive behaviour, fusion proteins for enhanced oral uptake, novel toxins and RNA-interference (RNAi)
  • Development and assessment of new chemical and biological pesticides: Efficacy evaluation and development of delivery systems for insecticides, acaricides, molluscicides and adjuvants, to provide advice both for further product research and development and registration requirements
  • Development of integrated pest management strategies for UK, European and invasive pest species: Integrated pest management (IPM) strategies against both indigenous and non-indigenous pests of agriculture, horticulture, tree and bee health importance, including improved monitoring, seasonal monitoring, biopesticides, evaluation of non-chemical control techniques, natural enemies and ecosystem management.
  • Mite services and nuisance insects: Research and development, commercial monitoring services and strategic advice covering a range of mite-borne insect nuisance problems, including storage and allergenic mites of food processing, stored products, animal feed stocks and habitation. Also includes nuisance insects in relation to environmental legislation and research and development into parasitic mite disease of sheep and cattle
  • Biology and Behaviour: Understanding the biology and behaviour of key invertebrate pest species to advise policy and control strategies
  • Ecotoxicology and environmental fate studies: Fera has extensive experience in understanding the environmental movement of pesticides and the assessment of aquatic, terrestrial and bee ecotoxicology
  • Operator and by-stander exposure

Contact Us

Ever advancing analytical methods provide very powerful tools for providing strategic research and development into the management of invertebrate pests of agricultural, horticultural, pollinator and tree health importance. To speak with us about any of the services mentioned, please contact our recognised expert Dr Maureen Wakefield on +44 (0)1904 462579 or e-mail us at

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  • Solving the problem of an est. 3 billion extra mouths to feed by 2050
  • Use of Waste Materials for production of fly larvae
  • Sustainable source of protein in animal feed

Contact Maureen Wakefield

Maureen Wakefield has over 15 years experience in applied entomology and is a leading expert in her field.

Telephone:  +44 (0)1904 462579


Dropsa Newsletter

February 2016 - Newsletter downloads

  • Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches
  • Protection of European fruit crops from pests & pathogens

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