Plant Pathologist

Protecting Crops and the Environment


Gail is a member of the wheat pathogenomics team. She has experience of working on a range of fungal plant pathogens of wheat and oilseed rape, including Fusarium graminearum, Zymoseptoria tritici and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Since 2010, Gail's main area of research has been in fungal aerobiology and take-all research Gail's areas of expertise are in molecular biology, microbiology and plant phenotyping. As part of her aerobiology research, she is involved in the performance of qPCR and LAMP-based assays to detect for the presence of airborne fungal spores. This information is used by the farming community to identify optimal fungicide application as well as helping the development of disease forecasting models. Gail's work on the soil-borne take-all root fungus, Gaumannomyces tritici, is more field based. She is involved in the phenotyping and disease scoring of field trials, as well as take-all disease assessment of seedling and mature wheat plants. Gail is also responsible for the Gaumannomyces tritici isolate collection, held at Rothamsted Research, which dates back to 1966.




    +44 (0) 1582 938 304


      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


        Science project

        • Sclerotinia risk live reporting for oilseed rape
        • Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP) Prebreeding extension


        • 1996 - MSc in Medical Molecular Biology, University of Westminster, London
        • 1990 - BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Derry, N. Ireland
        • 1988 - Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science, Regional Technical College, Galway, Ireland