Dr Elaine Fitches
Dr Elaine Fitches is a Research Fellow at the Department of Biosciences, Durham University, UK, and works in collaboration with Fera Science Ltd. (York). Elaine is an applied entomologist with interests focused in the field of insect biotechnology and has led research in projects investigating the potential use of insects for livestock nutrition. Scientific co-ordinator of “PROteINSECT”, a EU funded programme that investigated the potential of insects as a source of protein for animal feed. This multinational and multidisciplinary programme provided scientific evidence that made a significant contribution towards the revision of legislation to allow insect protein to be used as a feed in aquaculture in 2017. Co-leader on creation of an Insect Biomass Conversion Task & Finish Group Consensus document that was submitted to the Agricultural Productivity Working Group in April 2019.
Additional significant research interests lie in the development of fusion protein based biopesticides and in the use RNA interference as a strategy for the control of invertebrate pests. Elaine has considerable experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and invertebrate physiology; she has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and has more than 15 years experience in project management.