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Ecology and Conservation

Dr Benjamin Hunt

Dr Benjamin Hunt

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 SERSF 1:16


Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


My research examines the adaptive potential of clonality in the peach potato aphid Myzus persicae, using high-throughput sequencing to identify and functionally characterise mutations, epimutations and gene expression changes in response to pesticide exposure.


2016, University of Leicester, UK (PhD Genetics)
2010, University of Leicester, UK (BSc Biological Sciences - Zoology)


2019 – present Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter UK
2018 – 2019 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Leicester
2016 – 2018 Data Analyst, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Analysis Support Hub, University of Leicester

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Journal articles

Hayward A, Hunt BJ, Haas J, Bushnell-Crowther E, Troczka BJ, Pym A, Beadle K, Field J, Nelson DR, Nauen R, et al (2024). A cytochrome P450 insecticide detoxification mechanism is not conserved across the Megachilidae family of bees. Evolutionary Applications, 17(1). Abstract.
Hunt BJ, Pegoraro M, Marshall H, Mallon EB (2024). A role for DNA methylation in bumblebee morphogenesis hints at female-specific developmental erasure. INSECT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY  Author URL.
Wang H, Song J, Hunt BJ, Zuo K, Zhou H, Hayward A, Li B, Xiao Y, Geng X, Bass C, et al (2024). UDP-glycosyltransferases act as key determinants of host plant range in generalist and specialist Spodoptera species. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 121(19). Abstract.  Author URL.
King R, Boaventura D, Hunt BJ, Hayward A, Singh KS, Gutbrod O, Zimmer CT, Williamson MS, Field LM, Bass C, et al (2023). A chromosome-scale genome assembly of the pollen beetle,<i> Brassicogethes</i><i> aeneus,</i> provides insight into cytochrome P450-mediated pyrethroid resistance. ENTOMOLOGIA GENERALIS, 43(3), 639-648.  Author URL.
Grant C, Singh KS, Hayward A, Hunt BJ, Troczka BJ, Pym A, Ahn S-J, Zeng B, Gao C-F, Leroux A, et al (2023). Overexpression of the UDP-glycosyltransferase UGT34A23 confers resistance to the diamide insecticide chlorantraniliprole in the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 159 Abstract.  Author URL.
Singh KS, Cordeiro EMG, Hunt BJ, Pandit AA, Soares PL, Correa AS, Zimmer CT, Zucchi MI, Batista C, Dow JAT, et al (2023). The genome sequence of the Neotropical brown stink bug, Euschistus heros provides insights into population structure, demographic history and signatures of adaptation. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 152 Abstract.  Author URL.
Velasquez-Vasconez PA, Hunt BJ, Dias RO, Souza TP, Bass C, Silva-Filho MC (2022). Adaptation of Helicoverpa armigera to Soybean Peptidase Inhibitors is Associated with the Transgenerational Upregulation of Serine Peptidases. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23(22), 14301-14301. Abstract.
Pym A, Umina PA, Reidy-Crofts J, Troczka BJ, Matthews A, Gardner J, Hunt BJ, van Rooyen AR, Edwards OR, Bass C, et al (2022). Overexpression of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase and cytochrome P450 enzymes confers resistance to sulfoxaflor in field populations of the aphid, Myzus persicae. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 143 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pozo MI, Hunt BJ, Van Kemenade G, Guerra-Sanz JM, Wäckers F, Mallon EB, Jacquemyn H (2021). The effect of DNA methylation on bumblebee colony development. BMC Genomics, 22(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Hunt BJ, Mallon E, Rosato E (2019). <i>In silico</i> identification of a molecular circadian system with novel features in the crustacean model organism <i>Parhyale hawaiensis</i>. Abstract.
Hunt BJ, Mallon EB, Rosato E (2019). In silico Identification of a Molecular Circadian System with Novel Features in the Crustacean Model Organism Parhyale hawaiensis. Frontiers in Physiology, 10
Bebane PSA, Hunt BJ, Pegoraro M, Jones ARC, Marshall H, Rosato E, Mallon EB (2019). The effects of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid on gene expression and DNA methylation in the buff-tailed bumblebee. <i>Bombus terrestris</i>. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1905), 20190718-20190718. Abstract.
Bebane PSA, Hunt BJ, Pegoraro M, Jones ARC, Marshall H, Rosato E, Mallon EB (2019). The effects of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid on gene expression and DNA methylation in the buff-tailed bumblebee <i>Bombus terrestris</i>. Abstract.
Hunt BJ, Ozkaya O, Davies NJ, Gaten E, Seear P, Kyriacou CP, Tarling G, Rosato E (2017). The <i>Euphausia</i> <i>superba</i> transcriptome database, SuperbaSE: an online, open resource for researchers. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 7(16), 6060-6077.  Author URL.

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