Plant Pathologist; Aerobiologist

Biointeractions and Crop Protection


Jon is a senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research, with extensive experience in applied multi-disciplinary crop protection projects. He obtained a BSc in Biology from Royal Holloway College, London University in 1990 and a PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Reading in 1994. He has worked at the institute since 1997, focused on integrated pest and disease management; it has led to two patents, eight book chapters, one co-authored book, one co-edited book and more than 50 refereed papers. Over the past 10 years, Jon has obtained funding totalling £2M for applied cross-disciplinary projects from InnovateUK (TSB), Defra, the AHDB (HGCA), the EU, EFSA and commercial companies. Jon is a member of the Plant Health Panel of the European Food Safety Authority, the Association of Applied Biologists, the BCPC Diseases Working Group, and the British Society for Plant Pathology. He was associate editor for the European Journal of Plant Pathology (2006-2012) and associate editor for Aerobiologia (2014-2016), and is a past member of the institute’s field experiment group. Jon is a visiting lecturer (University of Hertfordshire) and holds an honorary professorship from the Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China for services to plant pathology and postgraduate education.




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      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ



        Strategic programme

        • Smart Crop Protection (SCP)

        Science project

        • Agrivision Inspector - Development of a system for low cost, remotely managed, automated crop stress monitoring and detection
        • HGCA Arable Alert
        • Sclerotinia risk live-reporting system for oilseed rape
        • CROPPROTECT: a knowledge exchange system to support UK growers in sustainable crop protection to allow efficient crop protection
        • Understanding the sources and spread of azole resistance in environmental Aspergillus fumigatus populations

        PhD project

        • Understanding molecular basis of R gene-mediated temperature-sensitive resistance (Katie Noel, based at University of Hertfordshire)


        • 1994 - PhD, University of Reading, UK
        • 1990 - BSc Biology (2.1) Royal Holloway College, London University


        • Honorary Professor, Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
        • EFSA Plant Health Panel member, Secretary of the British Crop Protection Council - Diseases Working Group
        • Committee member of the Applied Mycology and Bacteriology Group of the Association of Applied Biologists.