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Louise McNamara

Research Officer

Research Interests

My research interests are integrated pest management of insect pests with a focus on arable crops. This encompasses best use of insecticides, insecticide resistance, biological pest control, cultural control and biodiversity in an arable farm landscape. I have a background in biological pest control, the mechanisms underlying the ability of entomopathogens to modulate insect immune responses and the production of secondary metabolites by entomopathogens.

Current Projects

The establishment and management of Ecological Focus Areas to enhance ecosystem services and integrated pest management.

Education

PhD: Interactions of entomopathogenic fungi and other control agents: mechanism and field potential against Hylobius abietis larvae. Maynooth University (2016).

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences. Maynooth University (2012)

Williams, C.D., Dillon, A.B., Harvey, C.D., Hennessy, R., Mc Namara, L. and C.T. Griffin (2013). Control of a major pest of forestry, Hylobius abietis, with entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi using eradicant and prophylactic strategies, Forest Ecology and Management, 305: 212–222.

Kapranas, A., Malone, B., Quinn, S., Mc Namara, L., Williams, C.D., O’Tuama, P., Peters, A. & C. T. Griffin (In review). Efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes for control of large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis: effects of soil type and pest density and spatial distribution.