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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

With a background in climate science, I want to improve understanding of plant diseases dispersed by the wind. Wheat crops often suffer from wheat rust, a family of aerially dispersed fungal pathogens. Similarly, wheat blast is an emerging threat. Key to mitigating their impacts is the research and development of models equipped with appropriate processes, including Lagrangian dispersal models and full-landscape epidemiological models. In collaboration with others, my research brings these aspects together.




Wheat rust:
Meyer M, Bacha N, Tesfaye T, Alemayehu Y, Abera E, Hundie B, et al. (2021) Wheat rust epidemics damage Ethiopian wheat production: A decade of field disease surveillance reveals national-scale trends in past outbreaks. PLoS ONE 16(2): e0245697.
Stratospheric water vapour:
Smith, J. W., Haynes, P. H., Maycock, A. C., Butchart, N., and Bushell, A. C.: Sensitivity of stratospheric water vapour to variability in tropical tropopause temperatures and large-scale transport, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2469–2489,, 2021.
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Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
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