Development of fungi for pest control.
Professor Tariq Butt leads the Biocontrol and Natural Products (BANP) team at Swansea University. The multidisciplinary team focuses on developing entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) and other biopesticides for the control of invertebrate pests of socio-economic importance. The team also study fungal metabolites and are prospecting for compounds which could be developed as therapeutics.
Tariq has published over 125 articles in peer reviewed journals, co-edited 2 books and written over 14 book chapters. He works closely with industry developing environmentally friendly products and strategies for pest control. He also works closely with government agencies on matters related to risk assessment and registration of fungal biocontrol agents.
Alkhaibari, A.M., Carolino, A.T., Yavasoglu, S.I., Maffeis, T., Mattoso, T.C., Bull, J.C., Samuels, R.I. and Butt, T.M., 2016. Metarhizium brunneum Blastospore Pathogenesis in Aedes aegypti Larvae: Attack on Several Fronts Accelerates Mortality. PLoS Pathog, 12(7), p.e1005715.
Butt, T. M., Coates, C. J., Dubovskiy, I. M., & Ratcliffe, N. A. (2016). Entomopathogenic Fungi: New Insights into Host‐Pathogen Interactions. In B. Lovett & R. J. St Leger (Eds.), Genetics and Molecular Biology of Entomopathogenic Fungi (pp. 307–364). doi:10.1016/bs.adgen.2016.01.006
Garrido-Jurado I, Alkhaibari A, Williams SR, Oatley-Radcliffe DL, Quesada-Moraga E, Butt TM (2015) Toxicity testing of Metarhizium conidia and toxins against aquatic invertebrates. J Pest Sci 84:1–8. doi:10.1007/s10340-015-0700-0
Department of Biosciences
College of Science
Swansea University, Singleton Park
Phone: +44 (0)1792 295374