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 Expert  727905

Expert in Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Botany, Mycology, Algology, Gardening, Garden Design


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has a First Class honours degree in botany during which he specialised in mycology, plant pathology and taxonomy. He took his doctorate in forest pathology, specialising in canker diseases of forest trees. For fourteen years he was engaged in research on the biology and control of vegetable diseases using a wide range of techniques and approaches. For the past 31 years he has advised on the biology and control of the diseases of many temperate and tropical crops. He is the author of a book that has been the standard work of reference on the pests and diseases of garden plants for thirty-four years. He is the author of standard works of reference on the fungi of Britain and Europe. He is double Past-President of the British Mycological Society, the largest and oldest society in the world devoted to the study and conservation of fungi.He has received numerous awards and honours including the Veitch Memorial Medal in Gold of the Royal Horticultural Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Media Guild [UK]. He has written around 60 books, over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, many thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and photographs and contributed to over 2000 radio and television programmes on gardening /horticulture.
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botany

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disease

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forest pathology

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fungus

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horticulture

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mildew

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mold (fungus)

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mushroom

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mycology

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pathogen

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pathology

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plant (botanical)

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plant disease

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plant pathogenic fungus

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plant pathology

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saprophyte

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tree disease


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2002   Hon D. Univ   Science   University of Derby   Honorary Award
1994   Honorary Chair   Plant Pathology   Liverpool John Moores University   Honorary Personal Chair
1968   D.Phil   Forestry   University of Oxford  
1968   B. Sc   Botany   University of Southampton   First Class Honours

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1970 to 1984

 

National Vegetable Research Station

 

Plant Pathology

 

Research Leader

 

He was responsible for a team undertaking research in soil-borne diseases of vegetable crops


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

British Mycological Society Royal Society of of Biology Chartered Institute of Horticulture Linnean Society of London Royal Photographic Society

Licenses/Certifications

C Hort, F C I Hort, C Biol, FRSB, FLS, ARPS

Professional Appointments

Past President British Mycological Society Past Council Member and Officer Association of Applied Biologists. Trustee North of England Zoological Society.

Awards/Recognition

Hon D. Univ (Derby) Hon Chair in Biological Sciences (Liverpool JMU) Benefactors' Medal, British Mycological Society Veitch Memorial Medal in Gold, Royal Horticultural Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Garden Media Guild


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has written 60 books, over 70 scientific papers, published many thousand newspaper and magazine articles and photographs and contributed to over 2000 radio and television programmes on gardening /horticulture.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1970 to 1984   Agricultural Research Council   Research Team Leader   He undertook research into plant diseases

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He advised successfully in an action concerning the needle drop of Nordmann for Christmas trees imported to the U.K. from Denmark. By identifying and replicating the conditions under which the trees had been transported and stored, he was able to demonstrate that the defect was due to the conditions after landing the trees in the U.K. and not while they were in Denmark.
  • He advised successfully in an action concerning the contamination of vegetable propagating compost with club root disease and was able to demonstrate that the contamination arose from the bogs where the peat originated, and not at the farms where it was used.
  • He advised successfully in an action concerning the loss of a glasshouse chrysanthemum crop by demonstrating that the crop loss was due to a faulty carbon dioxide generator and not to any other cause.
  • He advised successfully in an action concerning the origin of copper deficiency symptoms in a glasshouse tomato crop by demonstrating that the potting compost used was defective.
  • He advised successfully in an action concerning an excessive claim for costs in an extensive and high value garden design undertaken by a leading garden designer by demonstrating poor workmanship and defective accounting by the contractors responsible.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert witness for 31 years including court appearances; never yet lost an argument
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in intota.com for consulting on Horticulture.
  • Botanist expert for consulting on papaver somniferum.
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He has a basic working knowledge, especially of written French
Russian   He has a very basic working knowledge, especially of written Russian

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Single expert witness training


 

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