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Dr Nicola Holden

Dr Nicola Holden

Dr Nicola Holden

Nicola Holden

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The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


My research interests relate to interactions between microorganisms and crop plants. This includes work on food-borne bacteria that cause illness in humans and animals, and on phytopathogenic bacteria that cause disease on plants.  The aim of the work is to better understand the interactions and use the information to remove or control unwanted pathogens on plants. This ultimately contributes to human & animal health, and to plant health. More about my research actvities can be found here.

For SEFARI, the work connects with those in other SEFARI institutes working on animal health and the environment since these are important aspects in the transmission cycle for the bacteria. The focus of the work is on the molecular basis to plant colonisation and includes microbiology aspects ranging from genomic diversity to risk assessment, as well as plant physiology and soil microbial community aspects.  The work sits within a One Health approach and is relevant to the UN sustainable development goals.

I currently lead and coordinate SEFARI work on pathogens in the agricultural environment. I am a panel member for the BBSRC research committee B and a division member for the Microbiology Society.

Leading Ideas

  • Livestock Diseases
  • Food Safety
  • Plant and Animal Health

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.2 - Livestock Production, Health, Welfare, and Disease Control
  • 2.3 - Productive and Sustainable Land Management
  • Theme 3: Food, Health and Wellbeing
  • 3.1 - Improving Primary Produce
  • 2.2.6 Animal disease epidemiology
  • 2.3.3 Disease threats in the environment
  • 3.1.3 Food safety