Research Interests

Below is a list of current projects and research interests for the Pest
and Pathogen Ecology for Sustainable Crop Management Programme.

SWD oviposition deterrents project

In collaboration with researchers at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and industrial partners Berry Garden Growers, NIAB EMR are leading a BBSRC-IPA grant to protect fruit crops from spotted-wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii). The project builds on previous research conducted … Continue reading

SuproFruit 2019 – 15th Workshop on Spray Application and Precision Technology in Fruit Growing

NIAB EMR hosted SuproFruit 2019: The 15th Workshop on Spray Application and Precision Technology in Fruit Growing, on 16–18 July 2019 at East Malling. SuproFruit workshops have taken place biennially in Europe since 1991 with a primary focus on developments in spray … Continue reading


SCEPTREplus is £1.4M four-year programme of work funded by the AHDB to research sustainable plant protection products for use in horticulture. The aim is to deliver research on high-priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops … Continue reading

Bio4safe – reducing water and fertiliser inputs in horticulture by making use of commercially available biostimulants and innovative plant sensors

The 2 Seas Region (coastal region across the southern North Sea and The Canal) is known for its intensive horticulture which demandssignificant amounts of water and nutrients. Several EU directives aim to protect water quality by preventing N and P … Continue reading

Plum Production

The food retail industry is experiencing increasing demand from consumers for UK grown fresh produce and would like to substitute imports with home produce. The demand for home grown plums cannot currently be met due to unreliable and inefficient cropping … Continue reading

Viticulture Science at NIAB EMR

NIAB EMR is partnering with UK vineyards to ensure that its world-class fruit science will play a significant role to further advance viticulture unique to the UK climate. The research programme The quality of UK wines has dramatically increased this last … Continue reading

ARDERI – Apple Replant Disease Evolution and Rootstock Interaction

This page is currently under construction – further content coming soon. The UK’s apple producing and processing industry is currently growing due to a huge increase in cider consumption worth £3000M per year. Apples are the most important tree fruit … Continue reading

The Genomite Project

Genomite: New generation sustainable tools to control emerging mite pests under climate change Introduction: The Challenge – Climate change will have serious and profound impacts on pests and diseases of agricultural crops in Europe and it is vital that new … Continue reading

Post-harvest management of plums and cherries to minimise waste

Plums and cherries are among the favourite fruits of the consumer, but currently much of the demand is met by imported fruit. With new plum and cherry varieties and new production techniques the UK industry has the potential to increase … Continue reading

VégéDurable 2

The VégéDurable 2 project aims to develop and deliver vegetable production systems which are less dependent on the use of inputs and more respectful of the environment while at the same time fulfilling the requirements of the profession and the … Continue reading

Mycorrhizal research at East Malling

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are found globally in terrestrial ecosystems where they are major components of the soil microbial biomass. They form a mutualistic symbiosis with more than 80% of vascular plant families. They are one of the few fungal … Continue reading

Reducing Residues

There is strong market demand in the UK, led by consumer expectations, to reduce or ideally to eliminate, the occurrence of chemical residues in fruit.  Many of the main UK varieties of fruit are susceptible to major pests and diseases … Continue reading

Semiochemical research

Growers often rely on pesticide sprays for pest and disease control in crops, but they are perceived by the public as undesirable and potentially even harmful to health and the environment. Continue reading


Pollination Crop pollination is essential for maintaining productivity. Insects are required for pollination in more than 75% of the world’s crops. As an ecosystem service, this has an estimated value of £440M, per annum for the UK, £200M of which … Continue reading