Adam Whitehouse

Project Leader, Strawberry Breeder
Department:Genetics Genomics & Breeding
Tel:+44 (0)1732 843833
DD:+44(0)1732 523746
Fax:+44 (0)1732 849067

Research Interests

Plant breeder, primarily involved in all aspects of the strawberry breeding programme at EMR including project managing the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club (EMSBC). I also have involvement with apple and pear rootstock breeding, principally in the assessment and selection of elite lines for the East Malling Apple and Pear Rootstock Club.  My recent research activities have centred on Defra- and HDC-commissioned projects related to genetic improvement in strawberry, and these have included: meristem culture for the elimination of Phytophthora cactorum, production of somaclonal variants of strawberry for improved skin colour, developing a breeding strategy for genotypes to be used in the programmed-cropping system and carrying out variety trials on strawberry.

Selected Publications

  • NELLIST C.F., Vickerstaff R.J., Sobczyk M.K., Marina-Montes C., Wilson F.M., Simpson D.W., Whitehouse A.B. and Harrison R.J. (2019). Quantitative trait loci controlling Phytophthora cactorum resistance in the cultivated octoploid strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa). Horticulture Research. Volume: 6(60), 1-14. DOI: 10. 1038/S41438-019-0136-4.
  • Whitehouse, A.B., Johnson, A.W., Passey, A.J., McLeary K.J. & Simpson, D.W. (2014). Recent Progress in Breeding for Improved Performance in Programmed Cropping Systems. Acta Horticulturae 1049. 867-872.
  • Whitehouse, A.B., Johnson, A.W., Passey, A.J., McLeary K.J. & Simpson, D.W. (2014). ‘Serenity’: A paler skin-coloured somaclonal variant of the short-day cultivar ‘Florence’. Acta Horticulturae 1049. 819-821.
  • Simpson, D.W., Whitehouse, A.B., Johnson, A.W., McLeary, K.J. & Passey, A.J. (2014). 'Elegance' and 'Vibrant', two new strawberry cultivars fro programmed cropping in Northern Europe. Acta Horticulturae 1049. 259-261.
  • Sargent, D.J., Passey, T., Šurbanovski N., Lopez Girona E., Kuchta P., Davik J., Harrison R., Passey, A.J., Whitehouse, A.B., Simpson, D.W. (2012). A microsatellite linkage map for the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) reveals extensive regions of homozygosity in the genome resulting from breeding and selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 124. 1229-1240.
  • Whitehouse, A.B., Govan, C.L., Hammond, K.J., Sargent, D.J. & Simpson, D.W. (McLeary, K.J. née Hammond). (2011). Meristem culture for the elimination of the strawberry crown rot pathogen Phytophthora cactorum. Journal of Berry Research 1. 129 - 136.
  • Whitehouse, A.B., Johnson, A.W. & Simpson, D.W. (2009). Manipulation of the production pattern of everbearing cultivars by defoliation treatments. Acta Horticulturae 842. 507-510.
  • Whitehouse, A.B., Passey, A.J. & Simpson, D.W. (2009). Developing a breeding strategy for improved performance in programmed cropping systems. Acta Horticulturae 842. 503-505.
  • Sargent, D.J., Fernadéz-Fernandéz, F. Ruiz-Roja, J.J., Sutherland, B.G., Passey, A. Whitehouse, A.B. & Simpson, D.W. (2009). A genetic linkage map of the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) progeny segregating for resistance to Verticillium dahliae, and its comparison to the diploid Fragaria reference map. Molecular Breeding 24(3). 293-303.
  • Simpson, D.W., Hammond, K. Lesemann, S., & Whitehouse, A.B. (McLeary, K.J. née Hammond). (2006). Pathogenicity of UK isolates of Colletotrichum acutatum and relative resistance among a range of strawberry cultivars. Acta Horticulturae 708. 281-285.
  • Simpson, D.W., Hammond, K. & Whitehouse, A.B. (McLeary, K.J. née Hammond). (2006). Two new strawberry cultivars from East Malling Research  Acta Horticulturae 708. 565-567.
  • Simpson, D.W., Hammond, K.J. Johnson, A.W., Passey, A.J. & Whitehouse, A.B. (McLeary, K.J. née Hammond). Six new strawberry cultivars from East Malling Research.  Acta Horticulturae 842. 525-528.