Imperial College London

Professor Denis Wright

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Emeritus Professor of Pest Management



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College Senior Tutor (2016-2017); Director Student Support (2013-2016); Dean of Students (2009-2013); elected Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences (2008-2009); Director of Teaching, Life Sciences (2002-2008); Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biology (1996-2008); Course Director, MSc Pest Management (1995-2000).

Sustainable methods for pest control; resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis toxins.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Homayoonzadeh M, Michaud JP, Esmaeily M, et al., 2022, Physiological Differences Between Seasonal Dimorphs of Agonoscena pistaciae (Hemiptera: Aphalaridae) Elicit Distinct Host Plant Responses, Informing Novel Pest Management Insights, Environmental Entomology, Vol:51, ISSN:0046-225X, Pages:969-979

Moran-Bertot I, Rodriguez-Cabrera L, Borras-Hidalgo O, et al., 2021, Potato virus X-mediated constitutive expression of Plutella xylostella PxSDF2L1 gene in Nicotiana benthamiana confers resistance to Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae, BMC Plant Biology, Vol:21, ISSN:1471-2229, Pages:1-9

Pinos D, Chakroun M, Millan-Leiva A, et al., 2020, Reduced membrane-bound alkaline phosphatase does not affect binding of Vip3Aa in aHeliothis virescensResistant colony, Toxins, Vol:12, ISSN:2072-6651, Pages:1-12

Martinou AF, Schafer SM, Bueno Mari R, et al., 2020, A call to arms: Setting the framework for a code of practice for mosquito management in European wetlands, Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol:57, ISSN:0021-8901, Pages:1012-1019

Ayra-Pardo C, Ochagavia ME, Raymond B, et al., 2019, HT-SuperSAGE of the gut tissue of a Vip3Aa-resistant <i>Heliothis virescens</i> (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) strain provides insights into the basis of resistance, Insect Science, Vol:26, ISSN:1672-9609, Pages:479-498

Rodriguez-de la Noval C, Rodriguez-Cabrera L, Izquierdo L, et al., 2019, Functional expression of a peritrophin A-like SfPER protein is required for larval development in <i>Spodoptera frugiperda</i> (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Scientific Reports, Vol:9, ISSN:2045-2322

Pickett BR, Gulzar A, Ferre J, et al., 2017, <i>Bacillus</i> <i>thuringiensis</i> Vip3Aa Toxin Resistance in <i>Heliothis virescens</i> (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Vol:83, ISSN:0099-2240

Tellez-Rodriguez P, Raymond B, Moran-Bertot I, et al., 2014, Strong oviposition preference for <i>Bt</i> over non-Bt maize in <i>Spodoptera frugiperda</i> and its implications for the evolution of resistance, Bmc Biology, Vol:12

Tariq M, Wright DJ, Bruce TJA, et al., 2013, Drought and Root Herbivory Interact to Alter the Response of Above-Ground Parasitoids to Aphid Infested Plants and Associated Plant Volatile Signals, PLOS One, Vol:8, ISSN:1932-6203

Clewley GD, Eschen R, Shaw RH, et al., 2012, The effectiveness of classical biological control of invasive plants, Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol:49, ISSN:0021-8901, Pages:1287-1295

Girling RD, Stewart-Jones A, Dherbecourt J, et al., 2011, Parasitoids select plants more heavily infested with their caterpillar hosts: a new approach to aid interpretation of plant headspace volatiles, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:278, ISSN:0962-8452, Pages:2646-2653

Garbutt J, Bonsall MB, Wright DJ, et al., 2011, Antagonistic competition moderates virulence in Bacillus thuringiensis, Ecology Letters, Vol:14, Pages:765-772

Rodriguez-Cabrera L, Trujillo-Bacallao D, Borras-Hidalgo O, et al., 2010, RNAi-mediated knockdown of a <i>Spodoptera frugiperda</i> trypsin-like serine-protease gene reduces susceptibility to a <i>Bacillus thuringiensis</i> Cry1Ca1 protoxin, Environmental Microbiology, Vol:12, ISSN:1462-2912, Pages:2894-2903


Furlong MJ, Wright DJ, Dosdall LM, 2013, Diamondback Moth Ecology and Management: Problems, Progress, and Prospects, ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENTOMOLOGY, VOL 58, Editor(s): Berenbaum, ANNUAL REVIEWS, Pages:517-+

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