Michelle Fountain
Michelle Fountain
Entomologist

Michelle is primarily involved with the management and delivery of projects developing Integrated Pest Management methods for UK fruit crops, including biocontrol, the exploitation of natural enemies (e.g. earwigs) to control pests in crops and the use of insect sex pheromones for pest monitoring and control. She leads research in these areas which involve laboratory and field trials and also pesticide efficacy trials for private companies and levy bodies. Michelle is BASIS trained and more recently her interests have broadened to weed control and the implications of spraying glyphosate onto hard surface. She is also EMRs lead researcher in orchard fruit pollination and the use of native wild and farmed bees to ensure successful pollination of fruit crops. She has been a leading figure in the ‘Spot it, Stop it’ Campaign, aimed at better monitoring and control of a new invasive pest to fruit crops; spotted wing drosophila. She supervises, coordinates and trains a diverse group of students and trains and advises growers in the latest monitoring techniques for pest identification and control.