|Xiaolei Jin with her poster and award certificate|
Strawberry powdery mildew, caused by Podoshaeria apahnis, affects the leaves, flowers and fruit of one of the world’s favourite fruit crops – the strawberry – reducing both the quality and quantity of the fruit. So very important to any strawberry lovers around the world!
Xiaolei’s research, under the supervision of Dr Avice Hall MBE, showed that the use of fungicide sprays in late autumn and early spring (which is outside the strawberry harvest season) were very efficient in reducing the disease and its impact on the crop during the main growing season. This in turn means that fewer fungicide sprays are needed during the main growing season.