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Sean Murphy Regional Director

T: +44 (0)1491 829071


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

My expertise lies in invasive insect and weed biocontrol and integrated pest management (IPM). I work on biological control and IPM programmes (pre and post harvest) on a range of crops in tropcial areas. Crops include vegetables, rice and other cereals, cassava, coffee and agroforestry/forestry trees.

My role also involves research and extension work and farmer training. I undertake international project development and management, I manage a research team and I have over 20 years experience developing and implementing projects in biological control, IPM and applied ecology in numerous countries.

I have extensive experience in project development, management and implementation including international co-ordination and management of project funds (large scale projects) and extensive international experience in research, consultancy and training.

My research experience includes work on pre and post harvest insects and weeds. I have produced expert documents for international conventions and invited experts on international convention working groups (IPCC and CBD). I have also previously designed training documents for extension workers and farmers.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

PRISE: a Pest Risk Information SErvice

Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up...
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...