Owen Wright
PhD Student


Research projects

Project Title: The behaviour and health of honeybees in the Asian Tropics

Supervisors: Dr. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra; Dr. Lena Bayer-Wilfert

Co-supervisors: Dr. Hema Somanathan (IISER Thiruvananthapuram)

Funding Body: BBSRC SWBio DTP

Project Description:

Crop production in the Asian tropics depends critically on pollination services provided by bees, including several species of honeybees. Yet very little is still known about the role of disease on their ecology and behaviour, in contrast to the well-studied Western honeybees. I will combine behavioural and molecular biological methods in a comparative approach to gain a deeper understanding of the foraging behaviour and disease biology of managed honeybees in the tropical areas of South India.      


Franklinos, L.H.V, Lorch, J.M., Bohuski, E., Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J., Wright, O.N., Fitzpatrick, L., Petrovan, S., et al. (2017). Emerging fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in wild European snakes. Scientific Reports 7:3844. Free Full Text.

Price, S.J., Wadia, A., Wright, O.N., Leung, W.T.M., Cunningham, A.A. and Lawson, B. (2017). Screening of a long-term sample set reveals two Ranavirus lineages in British herpetofauna. PLOS ONE 12:e0184768. Free Full Text.

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