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David is a Research Leader in Cell and Molecular Sciences at the James Hutton Institute. His current research interests include:
- Development and exploitation of genetic markers (SSR, effector gene sequences) for examining the population biology, epidemiology and management of Phytophthora infestans (potato late blight).
- Co-ordinator of pathogen data for European project examining populations of Phytophthora infestans (Euroblight). See data release on 2013-16 population "Blight mapped in Europe" and maps.
- Evolution and population genetics of the genus Phytophthora.
- Use of metabarcoding to examine diversity of Phytophthora species in crops, forests and natural ecosystems. In current funding I am testing the technology for improved plant biosecurity and management of Phytophthora in nurseries in the PHYTO-THREATS project.
- Soft fruit Phytophthora species: detection and control.
- AHDB Potatoes funded projects: "Monitoring GB Phytophthora infestans population change 2015-17" and PhD "Improved potato late blight management using sophisticated models of pathogen infection and spread" which has released the Hutton Criteria to replace the Smith Period.
- Epidemiology and risks posed by Phytophthora ramorum and P. kernoviae to managed gardens and heathland in Scotland. Full report and extension report on risks as a result of disease spread on larch are available. In addition a review on threats Phytophthora species pose to plant health in Scotland.