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Steven Kildea

Research Officer

Research Interests

My research programme focuses on the development of sustainable disease control strategies for Irish arable and potato crops.  To achieve these goals, we incorporate detailed fungal population studies with applied field trialling. Currently Zymoseptoria tritici on wheat, Rhynchosporium commune, Ramularia collo-cygni, Pyrenophora teres on barley and Phytophthora infestans on potatoes are the key pathogens investigated in our lab.

Current Projects

  • Monitoring pathogen evolution for sustainable cropping (MonPESC) – DAFM RSF funding 2013-2017
  • Controlling septoria tritici blotch through crop management (CoSTM) – DAFM RSF funding 2014 - 2017
  • Establishing a platform of IPM in Irish crops (EPIC) – DAFM RSF funding 2015-2019
  • EUROWHEAT: Fungicide Resistance Network (EURO-RES) C-IPM ERA-NET 2017-2020
  • Disease control in field crops – Teagasc funding 2016-2019
  • Arable Pathogen Populations – Teagasc funding 2017-2020
  • Welch T, Feechan A & Kildea S (2017) Effect of host resistance on genetic structure of core and accessory chromosomes in Irish Zymoseptoria tritici populations. European Journal of Plant Pathology (in press)
  • Phelan S, Barthe MS, Tobin C & Kildea S (2017) Detection of the cytochrome b mutation G143A in Irish Rhynchosporium commune populations using targeted 454 sequencing. Pest Management Science 73: 1154-1560
  • Lynch JP, Glynn E, Kildea S & Spink J (2017) Yield and optimum dose rates for winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) with contrasting rating for resistance to septoria tritici blotch. Field Crops Research 204: 89-100
  • Dooley H, Shaw MW, Spink J & Kildea S (2016) Effect of azole mixtures, alternations and dose on azole sensitivity in the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Plant Pathology 65: 124-136
  • Dooley H, Shaw MW, Spink J & Kildea S (2016) The effect of succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor/azole mixtures on selection of Zymoseptoria tritici isolates with reduced sensitivity. Pest Management Science 72: 1150-1159
  • Dooley H, Shaw MW, Mehenni-Ciz J, Spink J & Kildea S (2016) Detection of the Zymoseptoria tritici SDHI-insensitive field isolates carrying the SdhC-H152R and SdhD-R47W substitutions. Pest Management Science 72: 2203-2207
  • Lynch KM, Zannini E, Guo J, Axel C, Arendt EK, Kildea S & Coffey A (2016) Control of Zymoseptoria tritici cause of septoria tritici blotch of wheat using antifungal Lactobacillus strains. Journal of Applied Microbiology 121: 485-494.
  • Hutton F, Spink J, Griffin D, Kildea S, Bonner D, Doherty G & Hunter A (2015) Distribution and incidence of viruses in Irish seed potato crops. Irish Journal of Agricultural Research 54: 98-106
  • Jess S, Kildea S, Moody A, Rennick G, Murchie A & Cooke L (2014) European Union policy on pesticides: Implications for agriculture in Ireland. Pest Management Science 70: 1646-1654.
  • O’Driscoll A, Kildea S, Doohan F, Spink J & Mullins E (2014) The wheat-Septoria conflict: a new front opening up? Trends in Plant Science 19: 602-610
  • Niamh Kelly (University of Edinburgh): Developing fungicide anti-resistance strategies for the barley pathogen Rhynchosporium commune
  • Marta Jankowska (University of Edinburgh): Investigating potential synergies between QoIs and SDHIs in control of septoria tritici blotch
  • Thomas Welch (University College Dublin): Monitoring Irish Zymoseptoria tritici populations for adaptation to host resistances
  • Mladen Cucak (Maynooth University): Re-evaluating the Irish rules for potato late blight
  • Aisling O’Reilly (University College Dublin): Developing strategies to control powdery mildew in oats