Dr Jason Sumner-Kalkun

Molecular Entomologist - Project Leader

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 6347


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Hemipteran crop pests
  • Insect vectors of plant pathogens
  • Microbiome, soil, plant and animal associated microbe
  • Integrated Pest Management/Biological Control Strategies


  • 2018- Present Project leader of the psyllid team contributing towards multinational projects including POnTE and PhyLib II. Both involved in research on “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum”, Phytoplasma, and their psyllid vectors
  • 2015-2018 Joined SASA on an Industry led R&D project on biofumigation and novel control methods for PCN suppression/ suppressive soils 
  • 2010- 2014 PhD CASE Studentship in Plant Sciences (funded by BBSRC and CERTIS BCP). Research into microbiomes of Phytoseiidae predatory mites and host interactions. University of Reading
  • 2007-2010 BSc Zoology. University of Reading