Professor A.Jennifer Mordue

Professor A.Jennifer Mordue

Emeritus Professor

Professor A.Jennifer Mordue
Professor A.Jennifer Mordue

Contact Details

fax +44 (0) 1224 272396
The University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences
Zoology Building
Tillydrone Avenue
Aberdeen AB24 2TZ

External Memberships and Affiliations

Professor Mordue is currently:

Member of  Board of Trustees, SCI London

Member ISLM (Integrated Sea Louse Management Forum)

Editorial Board member of Physiological Entomology; Biochemical Systematics & Ecology; Biopesticide International 


Research Overview

Environmentally sound strategies for pest management involve the use of pest specific targets. My research is concerned with understanding the role of semiochemicals in behaviour with a view to their use in stimulo-deterrent diversionary strategies, also with the mode of action of azadirachtin, an insect antifeedant and growth regulator from the neem tree Azadirachta indica.Research involves the isolation, characterization, bioassay, and biology of sex and aggregation pheromones in biting midges and the salmon louse; host location cues in mosquitoes, biting midges and the salmon louse; habitat related oviposition cues in mosquitoes and novel human derived repellents for the control of insect vectors of disease. Also physiological and biochemical mode of action of azadirachtin using insect cell lines to investigate binding proteins.

New methods of identifying insect vectors of disease have been developed. Of special importance are investigations into the molecular phylogeny and population ecology of Culicoides midge species that act as vectors of blue tongue virus (BTV) and African horse sickness virus (AHSV) 'OIE' listed diseases of livestock threatening Europe and the UK.

Research Funding and Grants

SEERAD, Presence, distribution and abundance in Scotland of Culicoides midge species and their potential as vectors of pathogens of animal diseases (with S.Piertney)

Scottish Enterprise NESTech fund, Human derived repellents against insects

NERC, Optimization of semiochemical blends for use in sealouse monitoring and control

DEFRA, Molecular phylogeny of Culicoides midges in relation to vector competence for bluetongue in the UK

EWOS Innovation, Disruption of attachment of Lepeophtheirus salmonis on Atlantic salmon

Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept: Human derived repellents for midges

NERC/LINK: Scottish Salmon Growers: Shetland Salmon Farmers Assoc. Host and mate-locating semiochemicals for sea lice control

EU Bluetongue and other Culicoides-borne diseases threatening the EU: identification of vulnerable areas by surveillance, GIS modelling and molecular methods to aid risk assessment. (with Dr J Dallas)




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  • Prevalence and infection intensity of sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) host is reduced by the non-host compound 2-aminoacetophenone

    Hastie, L. C., Wallace, C., Birkett, M. A., Douglas, A., Jones, O., Mordue, A. J., Ritchie, G., Pickett, J. A., Webster, J. L., Bowman, A. S.

    Aquaculture, vol. 410-411, pp. 179-183

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Phylogenetic analysis indicates that Culicoides dewulfi should not be considered part of the Culicoides obsoletus complex

    Schwenkenbecher, J., Mordue, A. J., Piertney, S. B.

    Bulletin of Entomological Research, vol. 99, no. 4, pp. 371-375

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Rapid diagnostic PCR assays for members of the Culicoides obsoletus and Culicoides pulicaris species complexes, implicated vectors of bluetongue virus in Europe

    Nolan, D. V., Carpenter, S., Barber, J., Mellor, P. S., Dallas, J. F., Mordue, A. J. (., Piertney, S. B.

    Veterinary Microbiology, vol. 124, no. 1-2, pp. 82-94

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Light intensity, salinity, and host velocity influence presettlement intensity and distribution on hosts by copepodids of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis

    Mordue, W., Pike, A., Mordue, A. J., Mordue, A. J.

    Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol. 62, pp. 2675-2682

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Autoradiographic localization of [22,23-H-3(2)] dihydroazadirachtin binding sites in desert locust testes and effects of Azadirachtin on sperm motility

    Nisbet, A., Mordue, A. J., Williams, L., Hannah, L., Jennens, L., Ley, S. V., Mordue, W.

    Tissue & Cell, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 725-729

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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