University of Hertfordshire

Professor Bruce Fitt MA PhD DIC FRSB



Bruce Fitt is Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Hertfordshire. He leads a Crop Protection and Climate Change research group with two Readers, four postdoctoral research fellows, seven PhD students and several MSc students. He also leads the University of Hertfordshire Research Excellence Framework submission to the UK government on Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences. He is a member of the research strategy committees of the School of Life and Medical Sciences and Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Research Highlights

New insights into operation of resistance against hemibiotrophic crop pathogens (Huang et al. 2006; Boys et al. 2012). Demonstrated that crop disease control contributes to climate change mitigation (reduced GHG from agriculture, Mahmuti et al. 2009; Fitt et al. 2011; Hughes et al. 2011). Research on impacts of climate change on crop diseases (Evans et al. 2008; Butterworth et al. 2010) presented at House of Lords (2010). Use of quantitative PCR in analysis of 160-year Rothamsted archive samples to produce new theories about wheat septoria diseases (Bearchell et al. PNAS, 2005; Shaw et al. 2008) and with spore sampling to forecast disease epidemics (West et al. 2008; Van de Wouw et al. 2010). Web-based versions of forecasts for oilseed rape diseases (e.g. Welham et al. 2004; Stonard et al., 2010) widely used by UK industry (since 1996).

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