Dr Daniel Leybourne

Research Fellow


Curriculum vitae



Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour. Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

The University of Liverpool



Dr Daniel Leybourne

Research Fellow


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Dr Daniel Leybourne

Research Fellow


Curriculum vitae



Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour. Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

The University of Liverpool




About


I am Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, currently funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 through a Research Fellowship. My main research aim is to identify and characterise factors that underpin virus and vector success in agricultural ecosystems (vector-borne disease in agricultural systems). I also contribute towards multi-partner projects that aim to develop smart and sustainable AI-driven pest management solutions and I have an ongoing and active interest in the identification and characterisation of plant traits that confer resistance against aphids.  
 
Brief Profile:
I was awarded my PhD in 2019 from The University of Dundee. My PhD research primarily focussed on investigating how drought stress affects the plant-aphid relationship. With a sub-focus examining how aphid endosymbionts influence aphid behaviour and success in this system.

In 2019 I took up an Entomology position at ADAS. Here I worked on numerous research projects, with the overall aim to identifying sustainable methods for herbivorous insect management. Key projects I contributed to, and managed, at ADAS include insecticide resistance monitoring, herbivorous insect population modelling, and developing novel  image-analysis methods to support insect identification.

In 2021 I moved to the Institute of Geobotany at Leibniz University of Hannover. My research at Hannover was funded by an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and a research grant provided by the British Ecological Society. Here my research  investigated how landscape complexity, surrounding crop diversity, and crop history affects the intra-specific diversity (e.g. genotype, endosymbiont presence) in cereal aphids and the cabbage stem flea beetle and aims to highlight ecological links between landscape diversity and endosymbiont communities within these important herbivorous insect species.

Recent Publications


Thresholds and prediction models to support the sustainable management of herbivorous insects in wheat. A review


Daniel J Leybourne, Kate Storer, Abigail Marshall, Nasamu Musa, Samuel Telling, Laurie Abel, Sacha White, Steve Ellis, Po Yang, Pete M Berry

EcoEvoRxiv, 2024


Genetic diversity in vector populations influences the transmission efficiency of an important plant virus


Daniel J Leybourne, Mark A Whitehead, Torsten Will

bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2024


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Recent Projects


Elucidating the agro-ecological factors influencing virus success in cereal ecosystems (Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851; 1851 Research Fellowship; 2022 - 2025; PI; Liverpool University)


This project will use an important virus-insect-crop system and will identify factors that influence virus success in agricultural ecosystems. Click the link above for a project overview.


Adaptive AI-enabled and context-enhanced mobile intelligence for climate-smart pest management to optimise sustainable and resilient farming (Innovate UK; Farming Innovations Pathway Grant; 2023-2024; Co-I; Liverpool University)


Led by Mutus Tech Ltd. in collaboration with Sheffield University and ADAS. The project aims to further develop our smart herbivorous insect management system. Click the link above to see a project description, updates, and publications.


The Agricultural Landscape and Arthropod biodiversity Nexus: ALAN (The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; 2021-2022; PI; Hannover University)


This project will use a model insect system and investigate the relationship between insect intra-species diversity, multi-trophic interactions, and landscape diversity. Click the link above to see a project description, updates, and publications.


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