Susannah Gill

Postgraduate Researcher

The cabbage stem flea beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala) is the largest insect threat to oilseeds and brassica crops. However, recent changes in legislation for the use of pesticides have left growers with limited options for controlling this beetle and its negative effects.

Susannah is looking into alternative control methods, including using brassica relatives, which show an innate resistance to the beetle, as a starting point to uncover the genetic basis of insect resistance.

Susannah’s project is in partnership with Elsoms of Spalding, Lincolnshire.”