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Dr Elaine Fitches

Associate Professor


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Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences241 

Biography

Research Interests

As an applied entomologist I have two principle areas of research interest. The first is the investigation and development of novel approaches for the control of invertebrate pests; research in our lab is currently focused on developing novel protein based biopesticides based upon the exploitation of invertebrate specific spider venom peptides. My second area of interest is in the emerging use of insects as a novel source of the nutrition for animal feed and as a means of reducing volumes of waste in line with a circular economy approach. Here our current focus, in collaboration with Professor Ari Sadanandom’s group at Durham, is understanding the value of insect derived biofertilisers for crop and soil health.

Research groups

  • Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology
  • Molecular Plant Sciences

Publications

Authored book

  • Heidi Hall, Elaine Fitches & Rhonda Smith (2021). Insects as animal feed: novel ingredients for use in pet, aquaculture and livestock diets. Wallingford: CAB International.

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Journal Article

Presentation

Supervision students