Qualifications & Appointments
BSc (Hons), Zoology, Kings College, London, 1990
PhD, Entomology, Birkbeck College, London, 1999.
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES), 2007.
Effects of plant and fungal extracts on insect biology; chemical authentication of plant extracts and isolation of compounds.
Various analytical techniques are used to identify and isolate biologically active chemicals present in plants, fungi and insects. These chemical data are used in chemotaxonomic studies; for the development of agrochemicals; as traits for use in selective breeding of crop-plants with wild-relatives and as chemical markers to either help explain the behaviour of insects or as an aid to identify plant materials. Carrying out bioassays of compounds and extracts predominantly against insects that are pests of agriculture and stored products. Responsibility for day-to-day management of the insect-rearing facility and for co-ordination of staff in their insect-related duties. Induction and supervision of students and visitors. Sustainability representative for the Jodrell, secretary of the Kew sustainability team and an internal auditor for ISO14001.
- African Dryland Alliance for Pesticidal-Plant Technologies (ADAPPT)
- Authentication and Chemical Fingerprinting of Economically Important Species
- Diversity of Biologically Active Plants and Plant-Derived Compound
- Chemistry and Biological Activity of Myrtaceae
- Importance of Legumes and Legume-Derived Compounds in Medicine and Agriculture
- Medicinal Uses of British Plants
- Plant-Insect Interactions
- Caesalpinioid woodlands of southern Africa: optimising the indigenous use of pesticidal plants (Southern African Pesticidal Plants project – SAPP)
(project completed 2009)
- Turks and Caicos Islands Pine Recovery Programme
Selected Recent Publications
Green, P.W.C. (2009). The Effects of Insect Extracts and Some Insect-Derived Compounds on the Settling Behaviour of Liposcelis bostrychophila. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 35(8): 1096-1107.
Kite, G.C., Green, P.W.C., Veitch, N.C., Groves, M.C., Gasson, P.E. and 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.
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. and 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.
Selected Earlier Publications
Stevenson, P.C., Green, P.W.C.; Simmonds, M.S.J. and Sharma, H.C. (2005). Physical and chemical mechanisms of plant resistance to Helicoverpa armigera: recent research on chickpea and pigeon pea. Proceedings of The ICRISAT/ICAR Workshop on ‘Helicoverpa Management – The Journey Ahead’ 21 & 22 December 2001. ICRISAT, Patancheru, AP 502 324, India. pp 209-221. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, 469pp.
Green, P.W.C. (2005). Substrate selection by Liposcelis bostrychophila Badonnel (Psocoptera: Liposcelididae): effects of insect-extracts and microorganisms. Journal of Stored Products Research 41(4): 445-454.
Green, P.W.C., Sharma, H.C. Stevenson, P.C. and Simmonds, M.S.J. (2006). Susceptibility of pigeonpea (Fabaceae) and some of its wild relatives to predation by Helicoverpa armigera: implications for breeding resistant cultivars. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 57: 831-836.
Green, P.W.C. (2008). Fungal isolates involved in biodeterioration of book-paper and their effects on substrate selection by Liposcelis bostrychophila (Badonnel) (Psocoptera: Liposcelididae). Journal of Stored Products Research, 44: 258-263.