Friday 4 October, 7.00pm-8.00pm, Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65
with Hayley Jones, Royal Horticultural Society
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has a long history of scientific endeavour and currently has a thriving team of entomologists. Through their diagnostics, advisory and research work they deal with a very wide range of garden animals, both those considered pests by home gardeners and the wildlife that many wish to encourage in. Hayley will give an overview of entomology at the RHS and the ‘top 10’ garden pests before delving into her own research which features two invertebrates with contrasting histories. One is an age-old gardener’s adversary – the slug. The other is a recently arrived and even more recently described insect, the agapanthus gall midge.
Hayley joined the RHS four-and-a-half years ago after completing a PhD on macro-moth dispersal with Rothamsted Research and the University of York