Dr Solomon Agyare
I completed my PhD degree at NIAB EMR and Cranfield University studying the epidemiology and management of strawberry rot complex. The project involved the molecular identification of the Mucor and Rhizopus spp. pathogens responsible for strawberry soft rot in UK cultivation systems, identification of infection window, the assessment of biotic and abiotic factors on disease development and the development of pre-harvest and postharvest strategies for rot control. Prior to coming to NIAB EMR I worked as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate Research Scientist with GlaxoSmithKline (now Suntory), Coleford, Gloucestershire and the School of Biology, University of Nottingham. I also worked briefly as a Research Assistant (Impact) at the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham.
I am currently working as a Research Pathologist at NIAB EMR and Berry Gardens Growers Ltd. I am employing UV-light application to extend the shelf-life of strawberry fruits postharvest and also investigating the potential resistance build-up of Mucor, Rhizopus and Botrytis strains to commonly used fungicides in the UK.
In addition to my PhD degree from Cranfield University, I also hold an MSc degree in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a BSc (Hons) degree in Botany from the University of Ghana, Legon.