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Belinda Luke Principal Scientist, Biopesticides Team

T: +44 (0)1491 829034


CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom

I have 10 years experience working in biopesticides and insect pathology.  In particular I have expertise in mass production of Metarhizium and Beauveria species and formulation of fungi suitable for field application and for commercial sales.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Rescuing and restoring the native flora of Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernández Archipelago in Chile, is under threat from invasive species. So action needs to be taken. As part of a larger management programme for the whole Archipelago, a team from CABI will help conserve and re-establish native species on the island. In the long term...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Developing biopesticides to remove the need for cold storage

Farmers face issues with insect pests that damage their crops. In Africa, cold storage facilities necessary for some biopesticides aren't always available. As experts in this and crop management, we are working with Asymptote Ltd, a UK technology company, to develop an appropriate product for rural...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI...
  1. Ribeiro, A., Patrícia Machado, A., Kozakiewicz, Z., Ryan M.J., Luke B., Buddie, A.., Venâncio, A., Lima, N. & Kelley, J. (2006) Fungi in bottled water: A case study of a production plant. Revista Iberoamericana de Micología 23(3)139-144
  2. Luke, B. & Bateman, R. (2006) Effects of chemical and botanical insecticides used for locust control on Metarhizium anisopliae var. acridum conidia after short to medium term storage at 30 °C. Biocontrol, Scinece and Technology.16 (7) 761 – 766.
  3. Luke, B. (2004) The Effects of Glucose on the Growth of Penicillium Isolates obtained from Bottled Mineral Water. SAFE Seminar, 18th - 19th March 2004, Brussels, Belgium
  4. Luke, B., Aquino de Muro, M. & Moore, D. (2005) Development of stable formulations of the fungal pathogen Metarhizium anisopliae for the potential control of Psoroptes ovis mites. Poster presented at the 20th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, 16th-20th October 2005, Christchurch, New Zealand
  5. Acheampong, M.A., Cornelius, E.W., Eziah, V.Y., Fening, K.O., Luke, B., Moore, D., Clottey, V.A., Storm, C. and Potin, O. (2016) Beauveria bassiana affects immature stage development of Prostephanus truncatus (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) in stored maize. Biocontrol Science and Technology 26(11), 1516–1525. doi:10.1080/09583157.2016.1217394. Contact:,