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 Expert  729040

Expert in Plant Disease Control, Plant Pathology, Mycology, Cultivating Edible Fungi


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Cornwall
United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Research: Expert undertook PhD postgraduate studies at the University of Southampton in the ecology of Erwinia carotovora soft rot of potatoes.

Experience: Disease diagnosis and control, particularly fungal and bacterial diseases of roots, especially Armillaria root rot of trees. Integrated control of pests and diseases using microorganisms. Chairman of International Society of Plant Pathologists Soil-borne Pathogen Committee, UK representative on ISPP Biocontrol Committee. Editorial Board of Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. Extensive knowledge of Crop Protection against plant diseases in N. America, N. & S. Europe, Near East and India as well as Britain.

Research topics: Innovative integrated evidence-based control measures - agrochemical and biological control with the objective of improving plant health and quality in a way that is effective, economical and sensitive ecologically. Diagnosis of plant pathogens.

Research: At the University of Reading Expert led a team working on the diagnosis and control of Armillaria root rot of trees.

Experience: His research has been reported in over 100 papers, most in refereed journals, several contributions to books and many patents and review articles. The publication of an internationally successful book on the Principles of Diagnostic Techniques in Plant Pathology for CAB International has been followed by two editions of a popular book on pests and diseases, The Gardener's Book of Pests and Diseases for BT Batsford and Armillaria root rot: Biology and Control (Intercept Publishers) that have also been sold internationally.

Research: Expert has advised on the cultivation of a number of edible mushroom fungi including truffle fungi.

Experience: Liaison with others active in this area in France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand as well as England.

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disease

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horticulture

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pathogenic bacterium

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pathologic process

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plant (botanical)

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plant anatomy

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plant crop

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plant disease

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plant disease diagnosis

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plant pathogen

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plant pathology

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rotting

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Xanthomonas

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forest pathology

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mycology

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necrosis

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pathogen

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plant rot

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sporulation

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fungus

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mushroom


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1970   PhD   Plant Pathology   University of Southampton, UK  
1966   BSc   Botany   University of Southampton, UK   Upper Second Class

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1984 to 2010

 

University of Reading UK

 

School of Biological Sciences

 

Lecturer/Honorary Fellow

 

Training Research Students: 26 postgraduate students supervised for full-time research leading to a PhD and numerous undergraduates in thre Faculty of Life Sciences. As the Admissions Tutor and Course Director for the BSc Degree in Crop Protection, Expert was involved in course development for this well as being involved in other Departmental Degrees and have supervised field course visits. Level taught – BSc in Horticulture, Agriculture, Crop Protection, Applied Botany, Botany, MSc in Technology of Crop Protection, Plant Biotechnology, Horticulture and Pure and Applied Plant & Fungal Taxonomy. External Courses were also run by Expert: Plant pathology (Kew Diploma) Plant Bacteriology (IAC, Agricultural University, Wageningen) Modern Methods of Diagnosis of Plant Pathogens (Reading) Turf grass diseases (Jealotts Hill) Tree Decay Fungi (Reading) Honey Fungus Armillaria root rot, (Reading) Diseases in the Garden, (Reading) Identification of Plant Pathogens (Egham with CAB IMI). Microbial control of weeds, pests and diseases as well as plant disease diagnosis by immunoassay and nucleic acid hybridisation (Guizhou University, China) Pests and diseases of ornamental plants (Oporto, Portugal). Outside lectures on plant diseases found in gardens are given approximately monthly to gardening societies throughout the Thames Valley, which are associated to the Royal Horticultural Society as well as the “Plant Doctor” consultancy for the Red Cross Open Gardens scheme.


1969 to 1984

 

ICI Agrochemicals (now Syngenta)

 

Plant Pathology

 

Project Manager

 

Research to find and develop fungicides and bactericides for controlling plant diseases


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

British Society for Plant Pathology, International Society for Plant Pathology, British Mycological Society

Licenses/Certifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Appointments

Senior Editor of the Mycologist (Cambridge University Press) an international refereed journal of general mycology

Awards/Recognition

Honorary Research Associate of the International Mycological Institute, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (IMI CABI) and awarded Lindley Gold and Bronze Medals for Education by the Royal Horticultural Society.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 100 papers, most in refereed journals, several contributions to books and many patents and review articles. The publication of an internationally successful book on the Principles of Diagnostic Techniques in Plant Pathology for CAB International has been followed by two editions of a popular book on pests and diseases, The Gardener's Book of Pests and Diseases for BT Batsford and Armillaria root rot: Biology and Control (Intercept Publishers) that have also been sold internationally.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Biological Agriculture & Horticulture  
 - Kluwer  
 - FEMS  
 - Genetic Resources and Biotechnology  
 - Biological Agriculture & Horticulture  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has given advice to many gardeners, estate owners and arborists on the diagnosis and control of Armillaria rot of trees.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Potatoe growing expert for consulting on the commercial success of growing potatoes in hot conditions.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has acted as an expert witness in litigation on crop pathology
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in intota.com for consulting on Horticulture.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1978 to 1978   USA   Senior Plant Pathologist, ICI Americas Inc., Biological Research Center, Goldsboro, North Carolina USA.
1974 to 1977   Netherlands   Visiting Lecturer in Plant Bacteriology at the International Agricultural Centre at the Agricultural University, Wageningen in the Netherlands.
1969 to 1984   Various - worldwide   Expert has carried out plant disease control experiments in N. & S. Europe, Near East and India as well as Britain.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He is able to lecture in French

Market Research:
Expert has had extensive training in industrial management enabled him to combine his administrative duties as Admissions Tutor and Course Director for the BSc Degree in Crop Protection with the responsibilities of the Area Safety Officer, Area Hazardous Substances Adviser and School Adviser with special responsibility for pesticides an elected member of the Agriculture and Food Faculty Board.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lecture and practical Teaching Quality of has been assessed favourably by HEFCE TQA examiners. A consistent record of above average scores in confidential student questionnaires has confirmed this. As the Admissions Tutor and Course Director for the BSc Degree in Crop Protection, he was involved in course development for this well as being involved in other Departmental Degrees and have supervised field course visits. Level taught – BSc in Horticulture, Agriculture, Crop Protection, Applied Botany, Botany, MSc in Technology of Crop Protection, Plant Biotechnology, Horticulture and Pure and Applied Plant & Fungal Taxonomy.External Courses run: Plant pathology (Kew Diploma) Plant Bacteriology (IAC, Agricultural University, Wageningen) Modern Methods of Diagnosis of Plant Pathogens (Reading) Turf grass diseases (Jealotts Hill) Tree Decay Fungi (Reading) Honey Fungus Armillaria root rot, (Reading) Diseases in the Garden, (Reading) Identification of Plant Pathogens (Egham with CAB IMI). Microbial control of weeds, pests and diseases as well as plant disease diagnosis by immunoassay and nucleic acid hybridisation (Guizhou University, China) Pests and diseases of ornamental plants (Oporto, Portugal). Outside lectures on plant diseases found in gardens are given approximately monthly to gardening societies throughout the Thames Valley, which are associated to the Royal Horticultural Society as well as the “Plant Doctor” consultancy for the Red Cross Open Gardens scheme.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert delegated this to his graduate technician

Other Skills and Services

He has organised several conferences including a Symposium on White Rot Fungi for British Mycological and the Biodeterioration Societies, at The University of Reading. Among his external activities Expert has played an active role in several appropriate scientific societies, including the British Society for Plant Pathology, British Mycological Society. He was elected Chair of the Soil-borne Pathogen Committee of International Society for Plant Pathology, member of the Council of the British Mycological Society, British representive on the Biocontrol Committee of International Society for Plant Pathology, British representive on International Working Group on Fire blight and previously the International Committee of Culture Collections. He has been honoured as an Honorary Research Associate of the International Mycological Institute, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (IMI CABI) and awarded Lindley Gold and Bronze Medals for Education by the Royal Horticultural Society. His editorial experience as Editor, Deputy Editor and Senior Editor of the Mycologist (Cambridge University Press) an international refereed journal of general mycology has resulted in him refereeing numerous papers and reviewing many books for other journals.

Expert also was part of a team who roasted an ox during the Wokingham Carnival (not to be repeated!).


 

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