Crop and environmental protection
The Crop and Environmental Protection Group focuses on sustainable, environmentally friendly strategies for control of crop pests and diseases.
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.
Devising sustainable strategies for management of serious diseases of arable crops and their causes....Read more about arable crop diseases
Nematodes are a cosmopolitan group of organisms found in all environments from the tropics to the polar caps....Read more about nematology
How will climate change impinge on fungal crop diseases?...Read more about climate change and crop diseases
Devising novel strategies for improving nutritional status and sustainability of tropical forage crop systems....Read more about tropical forage crops
The consortium site for the BBSRC Sustainable Arable Link project....Read more about phomalink
Using molecular modelling of leucine-rich repeat domains to better understand pathogen recognition....Read more about durability of oilseed rape resistance