Dr Peter Graystock - Imperial College Research Fellow
I am in independent research fellow and I work closely with the Gill Lab to understand the influence of microbial ecology on pollinator health. My work is supported by both industry and conservation trusts and has been influential in improving policy and industrial practices to reduce parasite risks to wild bees.
There are two main teams of my research at the moment
1-Microbial function: The function of a parasite may be quite apparent such as causing the host to die. Other microbes may be more cryptic in their potential functional role, such as improving digestion or reducing parasite virulence. My work tries to identify these less apparent functions of microbes and exploit them to improve pollinator health
2-Transmission dynamics: microbes (both good and bad) are shared across pollinator communities but it is unclear what drives and modulates this ‘sharing’ of microbes. My work looks to address this and make reliable predictions of how the pollinator communities and their landscapes facilitate disease epidemics, and thus advise actions to prevent it.
My work frequently utilises combinations of classic field-work, lab-assays, sequencing, bioinformatics, and network analysis.
You can learn more about my research here: www.graystock.info