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Research fellowship awarded to train scientist in plant pathology

In partnership with the University of Warwick, HDC will fund a new five-year fellowship to train a scientist in plant pathology for the field vegetables sector. Leading the project is Dr John Clarkson, a plant pathologist at Warwick Crop Centre, who will mentor fellow researcher Dr Andrew Taylor. Through the fellowship Andrew will gain experience of crop disease problems within the vegetable industry, focusing primarily on plant pathogens associated with onions, carrots and parsnips. Andrew will also help to complete projects that were being undertaken by the late Dez Barbara.

'This fellowship, like those already under way in partnership with the East Malling Trust and the Horticultural Trades Association, is part of HDC's commitment to supporting the next generation of research and technical expertise' said director of horticulture Bill Parker. 'Plant pathology is an area that has been identified as being at risk from a shortage of skills'.

The fellowship is also being supported by the British Onion Producers Association and British Carrot Growers Association.

John Clarkson Andrew Taylor
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