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The main areas of research are plant pathology with a particular interest in diseases of horticultural crops,and applied microbiology specializing in aspects on biodegradation. The current plant pathology projects include the effect of silicon on limiting powdery mildew of strawberries, and the development and testing of a disease prediction system for strawberry powdery mildew designed to control the disease with reduced fungicide inputs to make strawberry production more sustainable.
Plant pathology both at undergraduate and postgraduate level
mycology at undergraduate level
plant ecology and conservation management
Commercial and public engagement
Research grants have been won from MAAF, defra and HDC. Current commercial support is from Omex, Kings Lynn and H and H Duncalfe , Wisbech and orionft.
Nuffield Foundation sixth form summer bursary students have worked in the plant pathology group for the last 15 years, and the lecture " Keep the fun in fungi' has been regularly given to primary schools under the auspices of the University of Hertfordshire : Professor Fluffy programme
Commercial and public engagement
2010, awarded VC award for Educational engagement with Business and the Professions
2012, awarded MBE for services to Higher Education at the University of Hertfordshire and the community in St Albans
2012, Honorary Professor Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, China
2016, invited speaker at the 8th International Strawberry Symposium in Quebec, Canada
2017, invited speaker at the 59th Annual Horticulture Growers’ Short Course, Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association, British Columbia, Canada
2018-2019, two growers' workshops on sustainable strawberry production were successfully run in England and Scottland
April 2019-March 2020, Ceres funding for on-farm validation of the real-time prediction system for strawberry powdery mildew, which took place on 8 commercial sites in England and Scotland
February 2020, invited speaker at Dundee Conference-Environmental Management & Crop Production, The Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain
May 2020, the prediciton system was licensed and released, and is available to purchase from Agri-tech Services website
Dr Avice Hall obtained her BSC in Botany and Zoology from the University of Leicester in 1966 and then continued her studies at the University of Exeter where she obtained an MSc in Plant pathology and then a PhD studying clubroot of Crucifers. After a short period of temporary work as a plant pathologist at what was then NAAS at Woodthorne, Wolverhampton , she started lecturing in Plant pathology at the then Hatfield Polytechnic, where she has stayed as the institution developed, expanded and became the University of Hertfordshire over the last 40+ years. Her lecturing covers mycology ( including fungal diseases of humans) , mycological ecology, plant pathology and the effect of diseases in semi natural plant communities. From 1991 to 2001 she also lectured in plant pathology to all 3 levels of the BSc horticulture degrees at Writtle Agricultural college . This gave her a good understanding of the horticultural industry which complemented her understanding of arable agriculture.
Research interests in the last 15 to 20 years have included, phoma stem canker of oil seed rape, germination of woody seeds including Rosa laxa (HDC funded), rhododendron powdery mildew, rose blackspot (MAAF funded) and currently, powdery mildew on strawberries (HDC funded).
In 2010 she was awarded a Vice Chancellors award for ‘Educational engagement with business and the profession’ and in 2012 she was awarded an MBE for her contribution to higher education at the University of Hertfordshire and the community in St Albans.She is continuing with her research interests on strawberry powdery mildew, and is consultant on this disease in collaboration with East Malling Research on SF157 an AHDB project from 2015 to 2020. In 2019-2019, she was working in collaboration with Agre-tech Services organised two growers' workshops on sustainable strawberry production in England and Scotland. She was funded by Ceres in 2019-2020 for on-farm validation of the prediction system for strawberry powdery mildew on farms in England and Scotland. The prediction system was licensed and released in May 2020. In addition she is recieving funds from Orionft for work on a silicon nutrient which reduces the epidemic development of strawberry powdery mildew.
Honorary Membership, The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP)
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Hall, A., Liu, B. & Wileman, H. J., 23 Jul 2021
Research output: Non-textual form › Data set/DatabaseOpen AccessFile50 Downloads (Pure)
Liu, B., Hall, A. & Wileman, H. J., 23 Jul 2021, University of Hertfordshire. 67 p.
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Development and evaluation of a decision prediction tool for the reduction of fungicide applications for the control of strawberry powdery mildew epidemicsLiu, B., Hall, A., Wileman, H. J., Dodgson, J. & Mutasa-Gottgens, E., 16 Jul 2021, (Submitted) In: PLoS ONE. 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Liu, B., Wileman, H. J., Hall, A., Jin, X. & Asiana, I., 5 May 2021. 1 p.
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Liu, B., Hall, A., Wileman, H. J., Asiana, I. & Jin, X., 5 May 2021, Proc. IX International Strawberry Symposium. Mezzett, B., Baruzzi, G. & Battino, M. (eds.). Vol. 1. p. 413-420 8 p. 1309
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution