My interest and increased understanding gained during my Masters degree of different forms of pest management motivated me to carry out my Masters research project in this area.
My project investigated the effect of methyl jasmonate seed treatments on aphid control in Brussels sprout and lettuce, and I am due to complete this project by September 2015. The project has involved a great number of tasks including:
- Carrying out a review of existing scientific literature
- Designing appropriate experiments to investigate the effect of methyl jasmonate seed treatments on the plants themselves and aphid reproduction.
- Designing appropriate experiments to investigate the potential of methyl jasmonate seed treatments to attract parasitic wasps and increase parasitism.
This project has allowed me to explore other methods of pest management, and I have found it extremely interesting.