Dr. Bethany Greenfield

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Focus

Fungal pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, fungal genomics

Scientific Activities

Dr Greenfield's research focuses on investigating host-pathogen interactions in perennial crops, specifically the identification of effectors and their role in pathogenicity on various plant hosts. Part of her research concerns the genomics of pathogenic fungi and understanding processes involved in the acquisition of dispensable chromosomes and their roles in pathogenicity.

In addition, Dr. Greenfield has a keen interest in investigating how fungi have evolved to exploit the environments they are subjected to, to obtain nutrients and develop. In particular, investigating how manipulating the environment, and thus conditions the fungi are subjected to, can alter both the physiological properties of fungi, as well as the wider-reaching environmental and agro/socio-economic consequences.

Significant Publications

Bethany P.J. Greenfield, Andy Peace, Hugh Evans, Ed Dudley, Minshad A. Ansari & Tariq M. Butt. (2015). Identification of Metarhizium strains highly efficacious against Aedes, Anopheles and Culex larvae Biocontrol Science and Technology 25(5). pages 487-502 DOI:10.1080/09583157.2014.989813.

Bethany P. J. Greenfield, Alex M. Lord, Ed Dudley, Tariq M. Butt. (2014). Conidia of the insect pathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae, fail to adhere to mosquito larval cuticle. The Royal Society Publishing. 22 October 2014.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140193.

Butt TM, Greenfield BP, Greig C, Maffeis TG, Taylor JW, Piasecka J, Dudley E, Abdulla A, Dubovskiy IM, Garrido-Jurado I, Quesada-Moraga E, Penny MW, Eastwood DC. (2013). Metarhizium anisopliae pathogenesis of mosquito larvae: a verdict of accidental death PLoS One. 2013 Dec 13;8(12):e81686. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081686.


Contact information

East Malling
West Malling
ME19 6BJ

Email: bethany.greenfield@emr.ac.uk