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Dr Vivian Blok

Dr Vivian Blok

Dr Vivian Blok

Vivian Blok

 +44 (0)1382 568825

The James Hutton Institute

Dundee DD2 5DA

Scotland UK


Current research interests

  • Examining genetic diversity (biological/functional, molecular genetic and phylogenetic) of Globodera pallida using comparative sequencing, expression analyses, and functional analyses to investigate host/nematode interactions and virulence with the aim of sustainable management of host resistance.
  • Developing molecular diagnostics for plant parasitic nematodes and using them to understand population structure, intraspecific competition and population dynamics.
  • Understanding the role of temperature on potato cyst nematode (PCN) multiplication for risk predictions.
  • Evaluating the effect of combining resistances to PCN on competition and multiplication.
  • Investigating the evolution of the multipartite mitochondrial genome of Globodera pallida and related species.

Leading Ideas

  • Crop and grassland production and disease control
  • Pest Control and Management

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
  • 2.1 - Crop and Grassland Production and Disease Control
  • 2.1.4 Plant pest epidemiology