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Philip Donkersley

Honorary, Research

  • Lancaster Environment Centre
  • Lancaster Environment Centre
Postal address:
LEC Building
LA1 4YQ
Lancaster

Email: p.w.donkersley1@lancaster.ac.uk

SUMMARY of research interests (100 words)

Philip is an entomologist with a major focus on evolutionary and microbial ecology. He has worked on a range of ecosystems including pollinators and pathogen vectors. By working with both symbiotic and pathogenic microbes, he hopes to understand pest control with microbes and symbiotic microbes to benefit important ecosystem service providing insects.

Philip is currently undertaking an EPSRC-funded Parliamentary Academic Fellowship, working with the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST). Within this role, he is researching and collecting evidence on the future state and meaning of sustainability in land management in the UK.

He recently completed his second research position at the Lancaster Environment Centre, working on the Biopesticides for Africa project in the Insect Parasite Ecology Group. This project studies the practical applications of an insect pathogen as a pesticide for control of a key crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Published research

He is at an early stage of his career, and has published five papers thus far on pollinator ecology, pesticide application and an emerging crop disease spreading globally. Philip has also published a book chapter on the insect pests and microbial pathogens of citrus – a major global food crop. His pollinator research has been written about by the Sunday Times and BBC and he has been interviewed about it on Lancashire and Cumbrian radio.

Research

Philip has worked on four research projects to date:

  • PhD: Causes and consequences of variation in the nutrition and endemic microflora of food stores in managed honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)
  • Postdoctoral research assistant: Managing grassland diversity for multiple ecosystem services.
  • Postdoctoral research associate: Etiology, tolerance and management of diseases of acid lime.
  • Senior postdoctoral research associate: Biopesticides for Africa.

Roles

Philip has joined the editorial board of Ecology and Evolution, a high impact international journal publishing open access research. He also has a commitment to scientific outreach, he has worked with Dr Emma Sayer on the Sex Bugs, Rock’n’roll program, bringing science to music festivals across the UK. He also works with Dr Carly Stevens on the Science Hunters outreach program, using computer games to teach science to children with learning difficulties.

 

Employment

Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) Academic Fellow

Research

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

4/05/2020 → present

Honorary Researcher

Honorary

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

1/03/20201/03/2021

Senior Research Associate

Research

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

14/08/201729/02/2020

Ecosystems Services Support Technician

Technical

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

16/06/20141/08/2015

PhD, Causes and Consequences of Variation in the Nutrition and Endemic Microflora of Food Stores in Managed Honey Bees

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

Supervised by: Kenneth Wilson, Roger William Pickup, Kevin Christopher Jones

1/10/20107/08/2014

Research outputs

Microbial symbioses and host nutrition

Donkersley, P., Robinson, S., Duetsch, E. K. & Gibbons, A. T., 31/03/2020, (Accepted/In press) Microbiomes of Soils, Plants and Animals. Antwis, R. E., Harrison, X. A. & Cox, M. J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 79-97 19 p.

Up-regulation of cryptochrome 1 gene expression in cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) during migration over the Bohai Sea

Yang, L., Liu, Y., Donkersley, P. & Xu, P., 15/11/2019, In : Peerj. 2019, 11, 15 p.

Asymptomatic Phytoplasma Reveal a Novel and Troublesome Infection

Donkersley, P., Silva, F. W. S., Alves, M. S., Carvalho, C. M., Al-Sadi, A. M. & Elliot, S. L., 28/06/2019, Plant Pathology and Management of Plant Diseases [Working Title]. London: InTech, 20 p.

Preference of the aphid Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) for tobacco plants at specific stages of potato virus Y infection

Liu, J., Liu, Y., Donkersley, P., Dong, Y., Chen, X., Zang, Y., Xu, P. & Ren, G., 3/04/2019, In : Archives of Virology.

Trees for Bees

Donkersley, P. W., 1/02/2019, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 270-271, p. 79-83 5 p.

Duplication and expression of horizontally transferred polygalacturonase genes is associated with host range expansion of mirid bugs

Xu, P., Lu, B., Liu, J., Chao, J., Donkersley, P., Holdbrook, R. & Lu, Y., 9/01/2019, In : BMC Evolutionary Biology. 19, 1, 9 p., 12.

Witch’s Broom Disease of Lime (Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia): Identifying High-Risk Areas by Climatic Mapping

Donkersley, P. W., Blanford, J. M., Queiroz, R. B., Silva, F. W. S., Carvalho, C. M., Al-Sadi, A. M. & Elliot, S. L., 1/12/2018, In : Journal of Economic Entomology. 111, 6, p. 2553-2561 9 p.

Biological, environmental and socioeconomic threats to citrus lime production

Donkersley, P. W., Silva, F. W. S., Carvalho, C. M., Al-Sadi, A. M. & Elliot, S. L., 08/2018, In : Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. 125, 4, p. 339-356 18 p.

Bacterial communities associated with honeybee food stores are correlated with land use

Donkersley, P. W., Rhodes, G., Pickup, R. W., Jones, K. C. & Wilson, K., 05/2018, In : Ecology and Evolution. 8, 10, p. 4743-4756 24 p.

Nutritional composition of honey bee food stores vary with floral composition

Donkersley, P., Rhodes, G., Pickup, R. W., Jones, K. C., Power, E. F., Wright, G. A. & Wilson, K., 12/2017, In : Oecologia. 185, 4, p. 749-761 13 p.

Plant Protection: Lime Diseases and Insect Pests

Al-Sadi, A., Queiroz, R., Donkersley, P., Nasehi, A. & Elliot, S., 9/03/2017, CABI Publications. 18 p.

Invasive mutualisms between a plant pathogen and insect vectors in the Middle East and Brazil

Queiroz, R. B., Donkersley, P., Silva, F. N., Al-Mahmmoli, I. H., Al-Sadi, A. M., Carvalho, C. M. & Elliot, S. L., 7/12/2016, In : Royal Society Open Science. 3, 12 p., 160557.

Honeybee nutrition is linked to landscape composition

Donkersley, P., Rhodes, G., Pickup, R., Jones, K. & Wilson, K., 11/2014, In : Ecology and Evolution. 4, 21, p. 4195-4206 12 p.

Causes and consequences of variation in the nutrition and endemic microflora of food stores in managed honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)

Donkersley, P. W., 2014, Lancaster University. 240 p.

Bee conservation: A call for coherence, cohesion and co-operation

Adams, E., Donkersley, P. & Campbell, A., 03/2012, In : Ecos. 33, 1, p. 41-46 6 p.

A meta analysis of spray drift sampling

Donkersley, P. & Nuyttens, D., 07/2011, In : Crop Protection. 30, 7, p. 931-936 6 p.

Activities

Ecology and Evolution (Journal)

Philip Donkersley (Associate Editor)
1/02/2017 → …

Press/Media

Bees feast on fast food

Dr Philip Donkersley

23/10/17

1 item of Media coverage

Five things that you didn’t know about bees and pollen

Dr Philip Donkersley

10/09/15

1 item of Media coverage

Poor diet may contribute to the decline in British bees

Dr Philip Donkersley

25/04/15

1 item of Media coverage