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Dr Carolyn Mitchell

Dr Carolyn Mitchell

Carolyn Mitchell

 0344 928 5428

  carolyn.mitchell@hutton.ac.uk

James Hutton Institute
Errol Road
Dundee
Scotland
DD2 5DA

Biography

My research is concerned with integrated pest management in soft fruit systems (mainly raspberry and blackcurrant). In particular, I coordinate an HDC funded project, 'Developing techniques to manage raspberry leaf and bud mite in tunnel production' which aims to control leaf and bud mite using natural enemies and minimal acaricide applications. This work involves liaising with soft fruit growers and industry representatives on a regular basis to assess commercial needs and focus our research to address these needs. On completion of this research it is hoped to develop sustainable methods of IPM on protected raspberry plots that do not rely on fungicide and pesticide applications during flowering and fruit development but still provide a high quality of fruit with minimal residue levels.