Field experiments form an important test of epidemiological theory for the control of disease. The group uses data from collaborators as well as our own field experiments for this purpose. Current work is focused on the take-all fungus of wheat and on the epidemiology control of damping-off diseases of horticultural crops. Collaborative work with Rothamsted Research is also looking at the transient dynamics of weed populations.
Epidemiological challenges are:
- to test the epidemiological principles derived from microcosm and other small scale experiments under field conditions;
- to derive criteria for invasion and persistence of disease under field conditions;
- to provide growers and advisors with epidemiological advice about how to optimise the control of disease at the field and larger (regional scale).