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Scott Brown, Alison

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Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Chemical Ecology (Pollination)

Natural Capital and Plant Health
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Basic French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Horticulture, Univ. Reading, 1992
  • PhD, Plant-insect interactions, Birkbeck College, Univ. London, 2002

I study plant traits that mediate the status of interactions between herbivorous insects and plants and define their ecological role as beneficial or harmful. My work focuses on pollen and leaf-feeding thrips and requires detailed morphological and chemical analysis of hosts and non-host species including the isolation and identification of plant compounds and morphological characters that can influence host selection, thrips mortality and their distribution on individual plant specimens. Currently I am investigating the interactions of native flower thrips and their plant hosts in UK landscapes. My aim is to establish if environmental conditions, fertilizers and food source (pollen/nectar) alter their status and identify the potential of flower inhabiting thrips to contribute to the pollination of plant species in the UK.

Selected publications: 

Scott Brown, A.S., Veitch N.C & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2011). Leaf Chemistry and Foliage Avoidance by the Thrips Frankliniella occidentalis and Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis in Glasshouse Collections. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 301-310.

Scott Brown, A., Simmonds, M. & Blaney, W.  (2008). Influence of teflubenzuron residues on the predation of thrips by Iphiseius. IOBC/WPRS Bulletin, 35: 144-145.

Scott Brown, A.S. & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2006). Leaf morphology of hosts and non-hosts of the thrips Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Bouché). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 152: 109-130.

Scott Brown, A.S., Simmonds, M.S.J. & Blaney, W.M. (2003). Influence of a short exposure to teflubenzuron residues on the predation of thrips by Iphiseius degenerans (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and Orius laevigatus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Pest Management Science 59: 1255-1259.

Scott Brown, A.S., Simmonds, M.S.J. & Blaney, W.M. (2002). Relationship between nutritional composition of plant species and infestation levels of thrips. Journal of Chemical Ecology 28: 2399-2409.