Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hertfordshire researcher wins top prize for poster at plant pathologymeeting

Xiaolei Jin with her poster and award certificate
Research into the development and maturation of strawberry powdery mildew to develop and refine a system to improve its control was the subject of this year’s winning poster at the Presidential meeting of the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP), held at the end of December 2013.  Xiaolei Jin, a postgraduate researcher from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, was delighted to be awarded the 2013 J Colhoun postgraduate poster award.

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.

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