Hertfordshire Plant Pathologist Awarded MBE

A plant pathologist at the University of Hertfordshire has been awarded an MBE for her services to higher education and to the community of St Albans in the New Year Honours list.

Dr Avice Hall, who has been a lecturer and a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire for over 40 years, has been honoured for her dedication to the needs of her students and young people in her local community.

During her time at the University, Dr Hall has dedicated her career to the needs of her students and young people in her local community and also managed to establish an international reputation for her work as a plant pathologist. As a plant pathologist and past Secretary of the British Society for Plant Pathology, her work on strawberry powdery mildew has been groundbreaking, and has assisted growers by allowing for disease control with reduced fungicide input, and furthered knowledge of fungal diseases on our most valuable soft fruit crop.