University of Hertfordshire

Bruce Fitt



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 led the University of Hertfordshire Research Excellence Framework submission to the UK government on Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences in 2014 and 2021. He is a member of the research executive group of the School of Life and Medical Sciences. He is co-leader of the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management University Research Centre.

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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