Samantha M. COOK

Short CV

Samantha Cook is a senior research scientist working at Rothamsted Research ( within the Biointeractions and Crop Protection Department. She is an invertebrate behavioural ecologist and has been working since 1996 on developing novel integrated pest management tactics for insect pests of arable crops with a focus on oilseed rape. She has particular interest in the pollen beetle (Brassicogethes aeneus) and the use of trap cropping and push-pull strategies to reduce the need for insecticides in the control of this pest. Her team are also involved in researching improved monitoring and decision support systems in oilseed rape crop management as well as methods to improve conservation biocontrol potential in the crop.

Sam was Associate Editor of the IOBC Journal “BioControl” from 2005-2008. She became the convenor of the entomology subsection of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group “Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops” in 2004. Malgorzata (Gosia) Jedryczka, Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland, is the overall convenor of the ICOC Working Group and the leader of the pathology subsection of this WG (

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