Dr Daniel Leybourne

Research Fellow

Curriculum vitae

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

The University of Liverpool


Peer reviewed publications

Sharing the burden: Cabbage stem flea beetle pest pressure and crop damage are lower in rapeseed fields surrounded by other rapeseed crops

D.J. Leybourne, A.M.C. Pahl, P. Melloh, E.A. Martin

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, vol. 366, 2024, p. 108965

Low prevalence of secondary endosymbionts in aphids sampled from rapeseed crops in Germany

A. N. Manentzos, A. M. C. Pahl, P. Melloh, E. A. Martin, D. J. Leybourne

Bulletin of Entomological Research, 2024, pp. 1–6

Common facultative endosymbionts do not influence sensitivity of cereal aphids to pyrethroids

Daniel J Leybourne, Petra Melloh, Emily A Martin

Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol. 25(2), 2023, pp. 344-354

Grand challenges in entomology: Priorities for action in the coming decades

Sarah H. Luke, et al.

Insect Conservation and Diversity, vol. 16, 2023, pp. 173-189

To tolerate drought or resist aphids? A new challenge to plant science is on the horizon

CC Ramirez, PE Gundel, AJ Karley, DJ Leybourne

Journal of Experimental Botany, 2023

Development of a pest threshold decision support system for minimising damage to winter wheat from wheat bulb fly, Delia coarctata

Daniel J. Leybourne, Kate E. Storer, Pete Berry, Steve Ellis

Annals of Applied Biology, vol. 180, 2022, pp. 118-131

Drought stress increases the expression of barley defence genes with negative consequences for infesting cereal aphids

Daniel J Leybourne, Tracy A Valentine, Kirsty Binnie, Anna Taylor, Alison J Karley, Jorunn I B Bos

Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 73, 2022 Jan, pp. 2238-2250

Plant resistance in different cell layers affects aphid probing and feeding behaviour during non-host and poor-host interactions

C Escudero-Martinez, D Leybourne, J Bos

Bulletin of Entomological Research, vol. 111, 2021, pp. 31-38

Drought has negative consequences on aphid fitness and plant vigor: Insights from a meta-analysis

Daniel J. Leybourne, Katharine F. Preedy, Tracy A. Valentine, Jorunn I. B. Bos, Alison J. Karley

Ecology and Evolution, vol. 11, 2021, pp. 11915-11929

The price of protection: a defensive endosymbiont impairs nymph growth in the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi

Daniel J. Leybourne, Jorunn I. B. Bos, Tracy A. Valentine, Alison J. Karley

Insect Science, vol. 27, 2020, pp. 69-85

A fitness cost resulting from Hamiltonella defensa infection is associated with altered probing and feeding behaviour in Rhopalosiphum padi

Daniel J. Leybourne, Tracy A. Valentine, Jorunn I. B. Bos, Alison J. Karley

Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 223, The Company of Biologists Ltd, 2020

Integrated Pest Management of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle in Oilseed Rape

Pickering F., White S., Ellis S., Collins L., Corkley I., Leybourne D., Kendall S., Newbert M., R. Phillips

Outlooks on Pest Management, vol. 31(6), 2020, pp. 284-290

Learning-induced switching costs in a parasitoid can maintain diversity of host aphid phenotypes although biocontrol is destabilized under abiotic stress

Katharine F. Preedy, Mark A. J. Chaplain, Daniel J. Leybourne, Glenn Marion, Alison J. Karley

Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 89, 2020, pp. 1216-1229

Defence gene expression and phloem quality contribute to mesophyll and phloem resistance to aphids in wild barley

Daniel J Leybourne, Tracy A Valentine, Jean A H Robertson, Estefania Pérez-Fernández, Angela M Main, Alison J Karley, Jorunn I B Bos

Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 70, 2019 Apr, pp. 4011-4026

Book chapters

Online decision support systems, remote sensing and artificial intelligence applications for wheat pest management

DJ Leybourne, M Ramsden, S White, R Wang, H Huang, C Xie, P Yang

Advances in understanding insect pests affecting wheat and other cereals, S Eigenbrode, A Rashed, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 2023, pp. 411-444

Advances in pest risk assessment techniques focusing on invertebrate pests of European outdoor crops

MW Ramsden, S Telling, DJ Leybourne, N Alonso, S White, N Georgantzis

Advances in monitoring of native and invasive insect pests of crops, M Fountain, T Pope, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 2023 Apr 24


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

Conference papers

PestDSS: An Integrated Decision Support System for Sustainable Pest Management in Agriculture

Zhipeng Yuan, Shunbao Li, Ruolin Peng, Daniel Leybourne, Po Yang, Yang Li

2023 IEEE 32nd International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), 2023, pp. 1-6

Project reports

Pyrethroid sensitivity in UK cereal aphids

Foster S., DJ. Leybourne

AHDB, 2021 Feb

Updating a wheat bulb fly risk prediction model

D Leybourne, K Storer, S Ellis, P Berry


Integrated pest management of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape

S White, S Ellis, F Pickering, Leybourne D, I Corkley, S Kendall, L Collins, M Newbert, L Cotton, R Phillips



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