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11120017 Nematology Fellowship

Publication Date: 
25 April 2019
Author/Contact :
Kim Davie and Jon Pickup

Contractor :

Full Research Project Title: Fellowship - Development of a succession potato nematologist
Duration: October 2015 - September 2018


The purpose of the nematology fellowship was to employ a fellow (Kim Davie) for 3 years to work with nematologists at SASA to develop a thorough understanding of the field and the skills necessary to continue as a proficient nematologist in their own right.

The fellow was involved in a project which determined appropriate soil sampling protocols for the detection and quantification of PCN. The conclusions of the work are provided in a separate report “PCN Soil Sampling” (see below). This was the basis for the development of standardised soil sampling protocols in land destined for ware production. The protocols are summarised in the pdf PCN – Sampling and Laboratory Guide


As a result of the fellowship the quality of detection and identification of PCN across laboratories in GB has improved following on from the training provided. The fellow has assessed current PCN management practices in GB. As the fellowship was based at SASA there has been a focus on PCN management in Scotland. The fellow carried out a survey of growers’ attitudes to PCN, in conjunction with a visiting student from the Netherlands, and has provided recommendations on limiting the spread of PCN. She also contributed to the PCN review


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