I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Richard Harrison, EMR and Prof. Matthew Goddard at the University of Lincoln.
My project addresses sustainable management of fungal diseases within the perennial fruit crop sector, using apple as a model. I am studying three apple pathogens; Venturia inaequalis (Apple scab), Podospaera leucotricha (Apple powdery Mildew) and Neonectria ditissima (European apple canker). A lot of work has previously been done on apple resistance genes to these pathogens and variation of virulence at the population level. The objective of my project is to utilize newly available Oxford Nanopore Technology to sequence the genomes of these pathogens and comparative genomics to identify key virulence and fungicide resistance genes. This information will then be used to create next generation sequencing diagnostic tools allowing simultaneous and precise detection of pathogens in field samples, down to the level of race.
My PhD is part of the BBSRC’s collaborative training partnership (CTP).