University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 3EA
- Senior Research Technician, Epidemiology and Modelling Group, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge (2003 - )
- Chief Research Technician Chrystallography Group, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (2002)
- Biology Technician at St. Mary's School, Cambridge (2002)
- Research Technician in the Molecular Marker Lab of the Wheat Technology Group, Monsanto (Previously PBI Cambridge) (1990 - 2001)
- HNC Applied Biology Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (1981)
I am responsible for the laboratory and growth room areas. I maintain the fungal culture collection and carry out experimental work in the laboratory, growth rooms and occasionally the field.
The laboratory work involves tissue culture techniques and ELISA assays (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays) for quantification and visualization of soil-borne fungal plant pathogens.
Most of the work involves monitoring the spread of Rhizoctonia solani in radish or cauliflower populations contained in microcosms, or in a tissue culture environment using agar dots or sterilized seed as a nutrient source. These experiments produce spatial maps of disease spread, which are used to test epidemiological models, to identify criteria for invasion, and optimize control strategies. Current control strategies include biological control of Rhizoctonia solani using the fungal antagonist Trichoderma harzianum.