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Research interests include:

  • Chemical signalling in the Potato – Potato Cyst Nematode (Globodera pallida and G. rostochiensis) – Soil Rhizobacteria interaction.
  • Biological control of PCN using bacteria, novel crops (e.g. Solanum sisymbriifolium) and soil amendments.
  • Community-level physiological profiling of soil bacterial communities
  • Biological control of plant-pathogenic organisms.
  • Organic and sustainable horticulture.
  • The impact of soil compaction on plant growth.
  • The use of social media in teaching and learning
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Community-level physiological profiling of soil bacterial communities (Image: E Lettice)


Latest Publications:

Hearne, R; Lettice EP & Jones, PW (2017). Role of intrinsic hatch characteristics of G. pallida and G. rostochiensis in interspecific competition. (in preparation)

Lettice, EP; Jones, PW (2017). Bacterial functional diversity in Irish potato field soil, as determined by community-level physiological profiling. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Vol. 117B, No. 2. Link

Hearne, R; Lettice, EP & Jones, PW (2017). Interspecific and intraspecific competition in potato cyst nematodes (Globodera pallida and G. rostochiensis). Nematology. Link

Lettice, EP; Jones, PW (2016).  Effect of soil and soil bacteria on hatching activity towards potato cyst nematodes (Globodera spp.). Nematology, 18(7): 803-810.  Link

Lettice, EP; Jones, PW (2015). Evaluation of rhizobacterial colonisation and the ability to induce Globodera pallida hatch. Nematology, 17 (2):203-212. Link


Dr Lettice welcomes discussion with prospective collaborators (industry or academia) who wish to explore research opportunities. He also welcomes enquiries from funded postgraduate students who are interested in carrying out a project within the research group. You can contact Dr Lettice at e.lettice[at]ucc.ie