Dr Alison Scott-Brown

Career Development Fellow

Biography Plus

Protecting biodiversity and supporting ecosystem services requires an understanding of how organisms within the landscapes interact and contribute to flow of goods and services and how stable these beneficial interactions are with respect to anthropogenic change.

I investigate chemical and morphological traits in a range of species of plants which influence insect-plant interactions, using thrips to address questions on host-plant selection, natural resistance and pollination systems. My fellowship focuses on mutualisms between thrips and native trees and shrubs, as these symbiotic relationships are less frequently studied in temperate regions, in contrast to many tropical plant systems where thrips are increasingly acknowledged as primary pollinators. My aim is to use this knowledge to study how anthropogenic activities, particularly in relation to food production, can affect these finally balanced plant-insect systems. 

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

Scott-Brown, A.S., Hodgetts, J., Hall, J., Simmonds, M.J.S & Collins D.W. (2018)

Potential role of botanic garden collections in predicting hosts at risk globally from invasive pests: a case study using Scirtothrips dorsalis

Journal of Pest Science 91(2): 601-611. Available online

Scott-Brown, A.S., Gregory, T., Farrell, I.W. & Stevenson P.C. (2016)

Leaf trichomes and foliar chemistry mediate defence against glasshouse thrips; Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis(Bouché) in Rhododendron simsii 

Functional Plant Biology 43(12):1170-1182, doi.org/10.1071/FP16045

Kokubun, T., Scott-Brown, A.S., Kite, G.C. & Simmonds, M.J.S. (2016)

Protoilludane, Illudane, Illudalane, and Norilludane Sesquiterpenoids from Granulobasidium vellereum

Journal of Natural Products 79(6): 1698–1701 

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.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

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