Lecturer - Plant Science
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Butler Building
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-4562
E: e.lettice@ucc.ie
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Plant Scientist at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at University College Cork.
I hold a BSc in Plant & Microbial Biotechnology (2002) and a Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2011).
My research interests include plant pathology, nematology and biological control. I teach on and am joint coordinator of the MSc in Organic Horticulture and am a leading member of the Centre for Organic Horticulture Research (COHR) at UCC.
I am also responsible for the School of BEES website and the School's social media platform.

  • 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 horticulture
  • Green-roofing
  • The use of social media in teaching and learning

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2006)Chemical signalling in the potato-potato cyst nematode-rhizobacteria interaction,
Lettice EP; (2006) Oral Presentation. [Oral Presentation], Chemical signalling in the potato-potato cyst nematode-rhizobacteria interaction, Irish Plant Scientist Association Meeting (IPSAM), NUI Galway, Ireland , 14-APR-06 - 14-APR-06
(2005)Chemical signalling in the potato-potato cyst nematode- Rhizobacteria interaction,
Lettice, EP; (2005) Oral Presentation. [Oral Presentation], Chemical signalling in the potato-potato cyst nematode- Rhizobacteria interaction, Advances in Nematology, Conference at Linnean Society, London, UK. Organised by Association of Applied Biology , 14-DEC-05 - 14-DEC-05
(2005)Has the Potato met its Nemacys? Controlling the Potato Cyst Nematode,
Lettice, EP; (2005) Oral Presentation. [Oral Presentation], Has the Potato met its Nemacys? Controlling the Potato Cyst Nematode, Science for All Competition, UCC, , 16-MAR-05 - 16-MAR-05
(2005)Potato soils and their effect on pest-potato interactions,
Lettice, EP & Jones PW; (2005) Poster Presentation. [Poster Presentation], Potato soils and their effect on pest-potato interactions, IRCSET annual symposium, Dublin , 10-NOV-05 - 10-NOV-05
(2004)A study of the effect of the potato rhizosphere on soil microbial diversity using Community-Level Physiological Profiling,
Lettice, EP & Jones, PW; (2004) Poster Presentation. [Poster Presentation], A study of the effect of the potato rhizosphere on soil microbial diversity using Community-Level Physiological Profiling, IRCSET annual symposium, Dublin , 17-NOV-04 - 17-NOV-04
(2003)Chemical signalling in the tritrophic potato-PCN-rhizobacteria interaction,
Lettice, EP & Jones, PW; (2003) Poster Presentation. [Poster Presentation], Chemical signalling in the tritrophic potato-PCN-rhizobacteria interaction, IRCSET annual symposium, Dublin , 20-NOV-03 - 20-NOV-03

Magazine Article

 YearPublication
(2013)End of the World Again?.
Lettice, E (2013) End of the World Again?. Cork: Magazine article [Details]
(2012)The Pathology of Plants.
Lettice, E (2012) The Pathology of Plants. Cork: Magazine article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2012)Why Ireland needs to test GM potatoes.
Lettice, E (2012) Why Ireland needs to test GM potatoes. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2012)It will take the best of organic and conventional farming to feed the world.
Lettice, E (2012) It will take the best of organic and conventional farming to feed the world. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Barack Obama was right: Guinness really does taste better in Ireland.
Lettice, E (2011) Barack Obama was right: Guinness really does taste better in Ireland. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Greens' departure allows Irish government to embrace GM crops.
Lettice, E (2011) Greens' departure allows Irish government to embrace GM crops. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)GM crops: The EC allows politics to trump science.
Lettice, E (2010) GM crops: The EC allows politics to trump science. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)We need GM plants that benefit consumers and not just farmers.
Lettice, E (2010) We need GM plants that benefit consumers and not just farmers. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)Survey suggests half of EU citizens believe scientists are 'dangerous'.
Lettice, E (2010) Survey suggests half of EU citizens believe scientists are 'dangerous'. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)James Watson: 'cancer research is over regulated'.
Lettice, E (2010) James Watson: 'cancer research is over regulated'. London: Newspaper Articles [Details]

Thesis

 YearPublication
(2011)Student Attitudes to Web 2.0 for Teaching and Learning.
Lettice, EP (2011) Student Attitudes to Web 2.0 for Teaching and Learning. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013President's Award for Research on Innovative forms of Teaching and Learning Ionad Bairre, UCC
2002Postgraduate College Scholar University College Cork
2002Daniel O'Carroll Prize in Plant Science University College Cork
2002Government of Ireland Scholar Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2011University College Cork MATeaching & Learning in Higher Education
2002University College Cork BSCPlant & Microbial Biotechnology
2009University College Cork Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed.Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2010University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma Teaching & Learning in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning in Higher Education

Outreach Activities

 Description

Science Ambassador for Discover Science and Engineering. 

Finalist in the Science for All - Plain Speaking in Science Competition. Presentation of my research findings to an audience of lay people. 

Various public talks and demonstrations to a range of audiences including festivals, school children, science groups, etc.
 
Designed, developed and now run the School of BEES website along with the School of BEES social media platform.

Run the Communicate Science blog which has been nominated for two Eircom Spiders and in the Irish Blog Awards and Irish Web Awards.
 
Write for the Guardian science blog.

Undergraduate
BL1002 Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution
PS2001 Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
BL3001 Literature Project
BL4001 Research Project
PS4006 Genetic Manipulation of Plants
PS4021 Environmentally Protective Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens
DENVSP Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy (Evening)


Postgraduate
PS6001 Plant Genetic Engineering
PS6004 Structure and Improvement of Soils
PS6006 Organic Crop Pest & Pathogen Management
PS6007 Research Methods for Crop Science
PS6010 Organic Horticulture Research Project