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Keith Chamberlain

Research Scientist
Biological Chemistry & Crop Protection
Works With:
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938683
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
  • Design of bioactive sesquiterpene-based chemical signals with enhanced stability

Research Publications

K. Chamberlain. 2014. Airborne plant-plant communication. Skvortsovia, 1(2): 112-132. 

K.Chamberlain, M.Briens, J.H.Jacobs, S.J.Clark & J.A.Pickett. 2012. Use of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) to detect the presence of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann) larvae in Valencia oranges. J. Sci. Food Agric., 92: 2050-2054.

E.J.Symmes, S.Y.Dewhirst, M.A.Birkett, C.A.M.Campbell, K.Chamberlain, J.A.Pickett & F.G.Zalom. 2012. The sex pheromones of Mealy Plum and Leaf-curl Plum aphids: identification and field trapping of male and gynoparous aphids in prune orchards. J. Chem. Ecol.

J.A.Pickett, G.I.Aradottir, M.A.Birkett, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, Z.R.Khan, C.A.O.Midega, L.E.Smart & C.M.Woodcock. 2012. Aspects of insect chemical ecology: exploitation of reception and detection as tools for deception of pests and beneficial insects. Physiological Entomology, 37: 2-9.

M.C.Matthes, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, J.A.Pickett & J.A.Napier. 2011. Emerging roles in plant defence for cis-jasmone-induced cytochrome P450 CYP81D11. Plant Signalling and Behaviour, 6: 563-5.

A.M.Hooper, M.K.Tsanuo, K.Chamberlain, K.Tittcomb, J.Scholes, A.Hassanali, Z.Khan & J.A.Pickett. 2010. Isoschaftoside, a C-glycosylflavonoid from Desmodium uncinatum root exudates, is an allelochemical against the development of Striga. Phytochemistry, 71: 904-908.

A.M.Hooper, A.Hassanali, K.Chamberlain, Z.Khan & J.A.Pickett. 2009. New genetic opportunities from legume intercrops for controlling Striga spp. Parasitic weeds. Pest Manag. Sci., 65: 546-552.

F.Frati, K.Chamberlain, M.A.Birkett, S.Dufour, P.Mayon, C.M.Woodcock, L.J.Wadhams, J.A.Pickett, G.Salerno, E.Conti & F.Bin. 2009. Vicia faba-Lygus rugulipennis Interactions: Induced Plant Volatiles and Sex Pheromone Enhancement. J. Chem. Ecol., 35(2): 201-208.

M.A.Birkett, S.A.Abassi, T.Kröber, K.Chamberlain, A.M.Hooper, P.M.Guerin, J.Pettersson, J.A.Pickett, R.Slade & L.J.Wadhams. 2008. Antiectoparasitic activity of the gum resin, gum haggar, from the East African plant, Commiphora holtziana. Phytochemistry

T.J.A.Bruce, M.C.Matthes, K.Chamberlain, C.M.Woodcock, A.Mohib, B.Webster, L.E.Smart, M.A.Birkett, J.A.Pickett & J.A.Napier. 2008.  cis-Jasmone induces Arabadopsis genes that affect the chemical ecology of multitrophic interactions with aphids and their parasitoids. PNAS, 105 (12): 4553-4558.

D.P.Edwards, R.Arauco, M.Hassall, W.J.Sutherland, K.Chamberlain, L.J.Wadhams & D.W.Yu. 2008. Protection in an ant-plant mutualism: an adaptation or a sensory trap? Animal Behaviour, 74: 377-385.

J.A.Pickett,  M.A.Birkett, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, R.Gordon-Weeks,  M.C.Matthes, J.A.Napier, L.E.Smart & C.M.Woodcock. 2007. Developments in aspects of ecological phytochemistry: The role of cis-jasmone in inducible defence systems in plants. Phytochemistry, 68: 2937-2945.

J.A.Pickett,  M.A.Birkett, C.B.Moraes, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, R.Gordon-Weeks,  M.C.Matthes, J.A.Napier, L.E.Smart, L.J.Wadhams & C. M. Woodcock. 2007. cis-Jasmone as allelopathic agent in inducing defence. Allelopathy Journal, 19 (1): 109-118.

M.A.Birkett, K.Chamberlain, Z.R.Khan, J.A.Pickett, T.Toshova, L.J.Wadhams & C.M.Woodcock. 2006. Electrophysiological responses of the Lepidopterous stemborers Chilo partellus and Busseola fusca to volatiles from wild and cultivated host plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32: 2475-2487.

M.H.Beale, M.A.Birkett, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, L.M.Field, A.K.Huttly, J.L.Martin, R.Parker, A.L.Phillips, J.A.Pickett,  I.M.Prosser, P.R.Shewry, L.E.Smart, L.J.Wadhams, C. M. Woodcock & Y.Zhang. 2006. Aphid alarm pheromone produced by transgenic plants affects aphid and parasitoid behaviour. PNAS, 103 (27): 10509-10513.

K.Chamberlain, Z.R.Khan, J.A.Pickett, T.Toshova & L.J.Wadhams. 2006. Diel periodicity in the production of green leaf volatiles by wild and cultivated host plants of stemborer moths, Chilo partellus and Busseola fusca. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32 (3):565-577.

J.A.Pickett, T.J.A.Bruce, K.Chamberlain, A.Hassanali, Z.R.Khan, M.C.Matthes, J.A.Napier, L.E.Smart, L.J.Wadhams & C.M.Woodcock. 2006. Plant volatiles yielding new ways to exploit defence. In Chemical ecology: from gene to ecosystem, M.Dicke & W.Takken (Eds), Springer, Netherlands, pp 161-173.

H.E.Roy, J.Baverstock, K.Chamberlain & J.K.Pell. 2005. Do aphids infected with entomopathogenic fungi continue to produce and respond to alarm pheromone? Biocontrol Science and Technology, 15 (8): 859-866.

A.Hassanali, Z.R.Khan, J.A.Pickett, M.A.Birkett, K.Chamberlain, A.M.Hooper, P.Mayon, L.J.Wadhams, C.M.Woodcock, T.M.Khamis, J. van den Berg & T.Toshova. 2004. Understanding chemical ecology and long term biotechnological opportunities for management of stem borers and striga in Northern Africa. Proceedings 2nd Pest Management Conference, Wad Medani, Sudan, December, 2004.

M.A.Birkett, K.Chamberlain, E.Guerrieri, J.A.Pickett, L.J.Wadhams & T.Yasuda. 2003. Volatiles from whitefly-infested plants elicit a host-locating response in the parasitoid, Encarsia formosa. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 29 (7): 1589-1600.

P.J.Jewess, K.Chamberlain, A.B.Boogaard, A.L.Devonshire & B.P.S.Khambay. 2002. Insecticidal 2-hydroxy-3-alkyl-1,4-naphthoquinones: correlation of inhibition of ubiquinol cytochrome c oxidoreductase (complex III) with insecticidal activity. Pest Management Science, 58: 243-247.

K.Chamberlain, E.Guerrieri, F.Pennacchio, J.Pettersson, J.A.Pickett, G.M.Poppy, W.Powell, L.J.Wadhams & C.M.Woodcock. 2001. Can aphid-induced plant signals be transmitted aerially and through the rhizosphere? Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 29: 1063-1074.

M.A.Birkett, K.Chamberlain, A.M.Hooper & J.A.Pickett. 2001. Does allelopathy offer real promise for practical weed management and for explaining rhizosphere interactions involving higher plants? Plant and Soil, 232: 31-39.

M.A.Birkett, C.A.M.Campbell, K.Chamberlain, E.Guerrieri, A.J.Hick, J.L.Martin, M.C.Matthes, J.A.Napier, J.Pettersson, J.A.Pickett, G.M.Poppy, E.M.Pow, B.J.Pye, L.E.Smart, G.H.Wadhams, L.J.Wadhams & C.M.Woodcock. 2000. New roles for cis-jasmone as an insect semiochemical and in plant defence. PNAS, 97 (16): 9329-9334.

R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 2000. The herbicide glyphosate and related molecules: physicochemical and structural factors determining their mobility in phloem. Pest Management Science, 56: 368-373.

N.G.Agelopoulos, K.Chamberlain & J.A.Pickett. 2000. Factors affecting volatile emissions of intact potato plants, Solanum tuberosum: variability of quantities and stability of ratios. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 26 (2): 497-511.

K.Chamberlain, J.A.Pickett & C.M.Woodcock. 2000. Plant signalling and induced defence in insect attack. Molecular Plant Pathology, 1 (1): 67-72.

J.A.Pickett, K.Chamberlain, G.M.Poppy, & C.M.Woodcock. 1999. Exploiting insect responses in identifying plant signals. Proceedings, Novartis Foundation Symposium 223, Insect-plant interactions and induced defence. Wiley, Chichester. Pp 253-265.

J.Inoue, K.Chamberlain & R.H.Bromilow. 1998. Physicochemical factors affecting the uptake by roots and translocation to shoots of amine bases in barley. Pesticide Science, 54: 8-21.

K.Chamberlain, S.Patel & R.H.Bromilow. 1998. Uptake by roots and translocation to shoots of two morpholine fungicides in barley. Pesticide Science, 54: 1-7.

F.Westwood, K.M.Bean, A.M.Dewar, R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 1998. Movement and persistence of [14C]-imidacloprid in sugar-beet plants following application to pelleted sugar-beet seed. Pesticide Science, 52: 97-103.

K.Chamberlain, A.A.Evans & R.H.Bromilow. 1996. 1-Octanol/water partition coefficient (Kow) and pKa for ionisable pesticides measured by a pH-metric method. Pesticide Science, 47: 265-271.

P.H.Smith, K.Chamberlain, J.M.Sugars & R.H.Bromilow. 1995. Fungicidal activity of N-(2-cyano-2-methoximinoacetyl)methionine and its derivatives and analogues. Pesticide Science, 45: 357-361.

K.Chamberlain, A.J.Tench, R.H.Williams & R.H.Bromilow. 1995. Phloem translocation of pyridinecarboxylic acids and related imidazolinone herbicides in Ricinus communis. Pesticide Science, 45: 69-75.

P.H.Smith, K.Chamberlain, J.M.Sugars & R.H.Bromilow. 1995. Fungicidal activity of N-(2-cyano-2-methoximinoacetyl)amino acids and their derivatives. Pesticide Science, 44: 219-224

J.Comer, K.Chamberlain & A.A.Evans. 1995. Validation of pH-metric technique for measurement of pKa and Log Pow of ionisable herbicides. In: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, Vol. 3. OPA, Amsterdam B.V. pp 307-313.

A.J.Tench, R.H.Williams, R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 1993. Physico-chemical factors determining the phloem translocation of benzoic acids. Pesticide Science, 37; 31-37.

R.H.Bromilow, K.Chamberlain, A.J.Tench & R.H.Williams. 1993. Phloem translocation of strong acids – glyphosate, substituted phosphonic and sulfonic acids – in Ricinus communis L. Pesticide Science, 37: 39-47.

K.Chamberlain, R.H.Bromilow & A.A.Evans. 1993. The phloem translocation of enantiomeric pairs of weak acids in Ricinus communis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 44 (260): 631-635.

K.Chamberlain, G.L.Bateman & P.H.Nicholls. 1991. Volatile analogues of penconazole and their activity against the take-all fungus, Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici. Pesticide Science, 31: 185-196.

R.H.Bromilow, K.Chamberlain & A.A.Evans. 1991. Molecular structure and properties of xenobiotics in relation to phloem translocation. In: Recent Advances in Phloem Transport and Assimilate Compartmentation. Ed. J.L.Bonnemain, S.Delrot, W.J.Lucas & J.Dainty. Ouest Editions, Nantes. Pp 332-340.

R.H.Bromilow, K.Chamberlain & S.G.Patil. 1990. A rapid method using Ricinus communis for the estimation of phloem translocation of xenobiotics. Pesticide Science, 30: 1-12.

R.H.Bromilow, K.Chamberlain & A.A.Evans. 1990. Physicochemical aspects of phloem translocation of herbicides. Weed Science, 38: 305-314.

G.L.Bateman, P.H.Nicholls & K.Chamberlain. 1990. The effectiveness of eleven sterol biosynthesis-inhibiting fungicides against the take-all fungus, Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici, in relation to their physical properties. Pesticide Science, 29:109-122.

R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 1989. Designing molecules for systemicity. In: Mechanisms and Regulation of Transport Processes, British Plant Growth Regulator Group, Monograph 18. Pp 113-128.

A.H.McIntosh, G.L.Bateman & K.Chamberlain. 1988. Substituted benzoic and picolinic acids as foliar sprays against potato common scab. Annals of Applied Biology, 112: 397-401.

S.G.Patil, P.H.Nicholls, K.Chamberlain, G.G.Briggs & R.H.Bromilow. 1988. Degradation rates in soil of 1-benzyltriazoles and two triazole fungicides. Pesticide Science, 22: 333-342.

R.L.O.Rigitano, R.H.Bromilow, G.G.Briggs & K.Chamberlain. 1987. Phloem translocation of weak acids in Ricinus communis. Pesticide Science, 19: 113-133.

R.H.Bromilow, R.L.O.Rigitano, G.G.Briggs & K.Chamberlain. 1987. Phloem translocation of non-ionised chemicals in Ricinus communis. Pesticide Science, 19: 85-99.

K.Chamberlain, G.G.Briggs, R.H.Bromilow, A.A.Evans & C.Q.Fang. 1987. The influence of physico-chemical properties of pesticides on uptake and translocation following foliar application. Aspects of Applied Biology, 14: 293-304.

G.L.Bateman, P.H.Nicholls & K.Chamberlain. 1986. Physico-chemical properties of fungicides in relation to effects on take-all. Proceedings 1986 British Crop Protection Conference – Pests and Diseases: 1169-1175.

R.H.Bromilow, K.Chamberlain & G.G.Briggs. 1986. Techniques for studying the uptake and translocation of pesticides in plants. Aspects of Applied Biology, 11:  29-44.

K.Chamberlain, D.N.Butcher & J.C.White. 1986. relationships between chemical structure and phloem mobility in Ricinus communis var. Gibsonii with reference to a series of w-(1-naphthoxy)alkanoic acids. Pesticide Science, 17: 48-52.

A.H.McIntosh, K.Chamberlain & G.W.Dawson. 1985. Foliar sprays against potato common scab: compounds related to 3,5-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Crop Protection, 4 (4): 473-480.

D.N.Butcher, K.Chamberlain, T.Rausch & L.M.Searle. 1984. Changes in indole metabolism during the development of clubroot symptoms in brassicas. British Plant Growth Regulator Group, Monograph 11: 91-101.

L.M.Searle, K.Chamberlain & D.N.Butcher. 1984. Preliminary studies on the effects of copper, iron and manganese ions on the degradation of 3-indolylmethyl-glucosinolate (a constituent of Brassica spp.) by myrosinase. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 35: 745-748.

K.Chamberlain, M.M.Burrell, D.N.Butcher & J.C.White. 1984. Phloem transport of xenobiotics in Ricinus communis var. Gibsonii. Pesticide Science, 15: 1-8.

A.H.McIntosh, I.Macfarlane, K.Chamberlain & G.W.Dawson. 1983. Effects of 3,5-dichloro- and other phenoxyacetic acids, as foliar sprays, on clubroot of cabbage. Zeitschrift für Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschutz, 90 (2): 127-131.

L.M.Searle, K.Chamberlain, T.Rausch & D.N.Butcher. 1982. The conversion of 3-indolylmethylglucosinolate to 3-indolylacetonitrile by myrosinase, and its relevance to the clubroot disease of the Cruciferae. Journal of Experimental Botany, 33 (136): 935-942.

D.W.Hollomon & K.Chamberlain. 1981. Hydroxypyrimidine fungicides inhibit adenosine deaminase in barley powdery mildew. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 16: 158-169.

A.H.McIntosh, G.L.Bateman, K.Chamberlain, G.W.Dawson & M.M.Burrell. 1981. Decreased severity of potato common scab after foliar sprays of 3,5-dichlorophenoxy-acetic acid, a possible antipathogenic agent. Annals of Applied Biology, 99: 275-281.

K.Chamberlain & G.A.Carter. 1981. Fungitoxicity of hydroxyl- and methoxy- substituted phenyl- and naphthyl-benzofurans, phenylbenzo[b]thiophenes and phenyindoles. Pesticide Science, 12: 539-547.

K.Chamberlain & G.A.Carter. 1980. The fungitoxicity of substituted 2-phenylbenzofurans. Pesticide Science, 11: 526-532.

K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1978. Studies on plant growth-regulating substances. LV. The plant growth-promoting properties of some β-arylpropionic acids. Annals of Applied Biology, 90: 115-119.

G.A.Carter, K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1978. Investigations on fungicides. XX. The fungitoxicity of analogues of the phytoalexin, 2-(2′-methoxy-4′-hydroxyphenyl)-6-methoxybenzofuran (vignafuran). Annals of Applied Biology, 88: 57-64.

V.K.Chamberlain, K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1976. Studies on plant growth-regulating substances. XXXIX. The plant growth-retarding properties of certain quaternary ammonium halides. Annals of Applied Biology, 82: 589-596.

N.W.Preston, K.Chamberlain & R.A.Skipp. 1975. A 2-arylbenzofuran phytoalexin from cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Phytochemistry, 14: 1843-1844.

G.A.Carter, K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1975. Investigations on fungicides. XVIII. The fungitoxicity and systemic antifungal activity of certain bis-[(1-formamido-2,2,2-trichloro)ethylamino]alkanes and related compounds. Annals of Applied Biology, 80: 191-198.

G.A.Carter, K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1975. Investigations on fungicides. XVII. The systemic antimildew activity of alkoxy-, alkylamino- and alkylthio-trichloroethylformamides. Annals of Applied Biology, 79: 313-320.

G.A.Carter, K.Chamberlain, L.A.Summers & R.L.Wain. 1974. Bromo analogues of the systemic fungides, triforine and N-(2,2,2-trichloro-1-methoxyethyl)formamide. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 27: 2261-2265.

K.Chamberlain & L.A.Summers. 1974. Synthesis of fungitoxic analogues of N-(2,2,2-trichloro-1-methoxyethyl)formamide. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 27: 1579-1583.

K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1973. Studies on plant growth-regulating substances. XXXVI. The metabolism of indole-3-acetonitrile and related compounds in wheat and pea tissues. Annals of Applied Biology, 75: 409-417.

K.Chamberlain & R.L.Wain. 1971. Herbicidal activities of iodobenzoic acids. Mededelingen Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen Gent, 36 (1): 459-463.

Book Chapters

K.Chamberlain, N.Matsuo, H.Kaneko & B.P.S.Khambay. 1998. Pyrethroids. In: Chirality in Agrochemicals. Eds. N.Kurihara & J.Miyamoto. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. Pp 9-84.

R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 1995. Principles Governing Uptake and Transport of Chemicals. In: Plant Contamination: Modelling and Simulation of Organic Chemical Processes. Eds. S.Trapp & J.C.McFarlane. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. Pp 37-68.

R.H.Bromilow & K.Chamberlain. 1991. Pathways and Mechanisms of Transport of Herbicides in Plants. In: Target Sites for Herbicide Action. Ed. R.C.Kirkwood. Plenum Press, NY. Pp 245-284.

Popular Articles

K.Chamberlain. 1997. Pyrethroid Insecticides. Biological Sciences Review, November, 1997. 23-25.

K. Chamberlain & M. Rooth. 2012. Sniffer Bees. Chem. Ind. 76: 16-17.



PhD in Agricultural Chemistry (Wye College, London University)


BSc in Chemistry (Birmingham University)