Vanessa McMillan

SCIENCE

Dr VANESSA MCMILLAN

Plant Pathologist

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

Vanessa’s main research focus is the development of genetic strategies for the control of take-all root disease in wheat, targeting different phases in the take-all epidemic and exploiting novel sources of resistance from a diverse range of germplasm including modern commercial cultivars, wheat landraces and ancestral wheat relatives. The overall aim is to identify beneficial resistance traits which can be translated into commercial wheat cultivars. Vanessa is also interested in the integration of chemical and genetic strategies for the control of take-all disease, forecasting take-all disease epidemics and the use of closely related beneficial Gaeumannomyces species for biological control strategies. Within the Wheat Genetic Improvement Network Vanessa studies multi-disease resistance traits against the major foliar pathogens in the UK; yellow rust, brown rust, septoria leaf blotch and powdery mildew. Most recently, Vanessa is working within the ASSIST Strategic Programme to explore the contribution of plant disease on yield variation at field scale in commercial farmers’ fields across the UK.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
vanessa.mcmillan@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0)1582 938527

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PhD Project

        Evaluating the potential of beneficial Gaeumannomyces spp. for the control of take-all disease in wheat

        PhD Project

        Characterising the influence of different wheat cultivar rhizospheres on variations in microbiome diversity and functionality

        Science Project

        Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN)

        STRATEGIC PROGRAMMES

        Designing Future Wheat (DFW)

        Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)

        QUALIFICATIONS

        2006 - BSc Biology, University of Bristol

        2008 - MSc Integrated Pest Management, Newcastle University

        2012 - PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        Monogram committee member