University of Hertfordshire

Dr Avice Hall MBE


Research interests

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.

Teaching specialisms

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