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The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Alison is Curator of the Soft Fruit Germplasm Collections held at the James Hutton Institute, as well as Head of soft fruit pathogen testing in-house and for external commercial clients for a range of viruses, pests and pathogens. Alison is also The Scottish Government approved ‘responsible person’ issuing soft fruit Plant Passports. Her current research underpins a key strategic objective of the Scottish Government to support horticultural and agricultural production to improve profitability and sustainability. An important aspect of that objective is minimising the losses due to plant diseases enabling the soft fruit industry in Scotland to continue to thrive by providing pathogen-tested planting materials for entry into the EU Plant Health Certification Scheme. Alison provides expertise on soft fruit diseases, their identification and testing requirements and pathogen tested plants for use in the breeding programmes and research projects at the James Hutton Institute.
Alison has over 30 years’ experience working with pests and pathogens of soft fruit. I have worked on cane, fruit and root diseases in Rubus and viruses in Rubus, Ribes, Fragaria and Vaccinium.