Dr Helen Cockerton
I hold a Biology BSc Honours (University of York) and PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences (University of Warwick) which focused on herbicide resistance in weeds, specifically the evolutionary, ecological and mechanistic dynamics of glyphosate resistance in the noxious weed Common Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus).
Currently I am involved with developing methodologies to quantify the presence of fungal and nematode pathogens associated with plant roots.
I am also involved with an apple research project, with the aim of integrating desirable traits into common apple tree cultivars (Malus domestica). This project lays the foundations for future genomic approaches to identify trees containing desirable traits such as fruit quality traits, disease resistance and low chilling requirements. Subsequent breeding programmes will allow the integration of such traits into apple cultivars suitable for commercial production.