Crop and environmental protection

Overview

The Crop and Environmental Protection Group focuses on sustainable, environmentally friendly strategies for control of crop pests and diseases.

Field of oilseed rape

Threats to food security from crop pests and diseases are now being exacerbated by climate change.

Our work seeks to understand crop resistance against pathogens and to optimise the use of synthetic chemicals in a changing environment (climate change adaptation) and to decrease agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by efficient pest and disease control (climate change mitigation).

It focuses on the protection of oilseed rape, wheat, strawberry and potato crops, especially phoma stem canker (Leptosphaeria maculans and L. biglobosa) and light leaf spot (Pyrenopeziza brassica) on oilseed rape, fusarium ear blight (Fusarium graminearum and F. asiaticum) on wheat, strawberry powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) and the nematodes Globodera spp. on potatoes.

Work is being done to understand epidemiology and contribute to effective control of these pests and diseases in relation to climate change to contribute to sustainable agriculture and global food security.

Arable crop diseases

Arable crop diseases

Devising sustainable strategies for management of serious diseases of arable crops and their causes....

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Nematology

Nematology

Nematodes are a cosmopolitan group of organisms found in all environments from the tropics to the polar caps....

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Climate change and crop diseases

Climate change and crop diseases

How will climate change impinge on fungal crop diseases?...

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Tropical forage crops

Tropical forage crops

Devising novel strategies for improving nutritional status and sustainability of tropical forage crop systems....

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PhomaLink

PhomaLink

The consortium site for the BBSRC Sustainable Arable Link project....

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Durability Of Oilseed rape Resistance

Durability Of Oilseed rape Resistance

Using molecular modelling of leucine-rich repeat domains to better understand pathogen recognition....

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Hertfordshire Science Partnership

Research, Innovate, Collaborate

Hertfordshire Science Partnership – Growing research and innovation in Hertfordshire’s life sciences industries....

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