Fiona Wilson

Research Scientist
Department:Genetics Genomics & Breeding
Tel:+44 (0)1732 843833
DD:+44 (0)1732 523750
Fax:+44 (0)1732 849067

Research Interests

My current area of research is focused on developing methods for improved mycoprotein substrate utilisation and nutrition.  The production of high quality protein with a low carbon footprint is essential to future global food security. Mycoprotein is a healthy alternative to meat and has a lower carbon footprint than chicken production. Through this project, this will be improved still further, by reducing the dependence on a single type of sugar utilised during the production process.  The production of mycoprotein using other types of sugars will reduce the affect price-spikes on global food markets and also will allow further reductions in carbon emissions during production, by creating better supply chains leading up to production. The project will also provide pilot data for follow-on R&D.


My background is in plant molecular biology, genetic transformation and the use of in vitro methods enabling plant improvement in clonal crops, including apple and woody ornamentals.


Selected Publications

  • L Antanaviciute, N Šurbanovski, N Harrison, K J McLeary, D W Simpson, F Wilson, D J Sargent & R J Harrison. (2015). Mapping QTL associated with Verticillium dahliae resistance in the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) Horticulture Research 2. 15009.

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