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Green, Paul W.C.

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Job title: 

Project Staff: Chemical Ecologist

Natural Capital and Plant Health
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Zoology, Kings College, London, 1990
  • PhD, Entomology (insect behaviour), Birkbeck College, London, 1999
  • Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES), 2007
  • Review Editor (Chemical Ecology) for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2015-)


I have expertise in isolation and characterization of compounds from natural sources (i.e. plants, fungi and insects). The emphasis of my work is on compounds that can explain insect-plant, insect-fungus and insect-insect interactions and be used to modify insect behaviour and to deter or kill pest insects.

Chemicals in the environment of insects govern their dispersal, feeding and reproduction. A better understanding of these interactions can identify compounds and plant materials that can protect stored products and crops (McKnight and OPTIONS Projects); identify chemical factors that make some plants more susceptible to pest-insects (Caicos pine forests: mitigation for climate change and invasive species) and explain dispersal of stored product pests. Naturally derived extracts are analysed using High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Diode Array Detector, HPLC-Evaporative Light Scattering Detectpr and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and biologically active compounds are isolated and characterised. I am also responsible for the day-today management of the insect laboratories and help to maintain some of the chromatography equipment in the laboratory.

Selected publications: 

Green, P. W. C. (2014). Volatile compounds from Liposcelis bostrychophila (Psocoptera: Liposcelididae) and their environment and their effects on settling behaviour. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 57: 81–89.

Malumphy, C, Hamilton, M. A., Manco, B. N., Green, P. W. C., Sanchez, M. D., Corcoran, M. & Salamanca, E. (2012). Toumeyella parvicornis (Hemiptera: Coccidae), causing severe decline of Pinus caribaea var. Bahamensis in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Florida Entomologist 95(1): 113119. Available online

Green, P. W. C. (2011). Insect-derived compounds affect the behaviour of Liposcelis bostrychophila: effects of combination and structure. Journal of Stored Products Research 47(3): 262–266.

Green, P. W. C., Veitch, N. C., Stevenson, P. C. & Simmonds, M. S. J. (2011). Cardenolides isolated from Gomphocarpus sinaicus and Pergularia tomentosa (Asclepiadaceae) deter the feeding of a generalist caterpillar, Spodoptera littoralis. Arthropod Plant Interactions 5(3): 219–225.

Kite, G. C., Green, P. W. C., Veitch, N. C., Groves, M. C., Gasson, P. E. & Simmonds, M. S. J. (2010). Dalnigrin, a neoflavonoid marker for the identification of Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) in CITES enforcement. Phytochemistry 71(10): 1096–1107.