University of Hertfordshire

Dr Yongju Huang PhD FHEA FRSB




Yongju Huang is a Reader in Plant Pathology at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research area is plant diseases, with specific interests in phoma stem canker (Leptosphaeria maculans and L. biglobosa) on oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Her research involves the following aspects: biology and epidemiology of L. maculans and L. biglobosa; influence of environmental factors (e.g temperature) on effectiveness of major R gene-mediated resistance and quantitative resistance against L. maculans; fitness cost of virulence at different loci in L. maculans; avirulence (Avr) genes in L. maculans populations; effects of fungicides on control of L. maculans and L. biglobosa. Recently, she has also worked on host resistance against Pyrenopeziza brassicae (light leaf spot) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (stem rot) on oilseed rape and understanding effects of silicon on control of Podospheara aphanis (powdery mildew) on strawberry.   

Grant Awards

Yongju won a DuPont Young Professor Award in 2005 (the only award made in Europe in that year). With this award, she and Prof Fitt wrote a successful BBSRC Industry Partnership Award (2006-2010) grant proposal. Based on results of this project, they obtained funding for their current BBSRC LINK project (2011-2014) with 16 partners: 9 breeding companies (DSV UK Ltd; Elsoms Seeds Ltd; Grainseed Ltd; LS Plant Breeding Ltd; Monsanto UK Ltd; Pioneer; Saaten-Union UK Ltd; Syngenta UK Ltd), 3 Agriculture and Farm organisations (Co-operative Farms; HGCA; National Farmers’ Union ), 3 Agricultural Trusts (Chadacre Agricultural Trust; Felix Thornley Trust; Perry Foundation) and one university (University of Hertfordshire).  She has also had success in writing a British Council Alliance proposal to enable collaboration with France (2007-2008) and two Royal Society UK-China joint projects (2005-2007; 2007-2009), which have enhanced collaboration with China. Since moving from Rothamsted Research to the University of Hertfordshire in March 2011, she has won four student bursary projects & three PhD projects (2015-2018), one AHDB Oilseed and Cereals (previously HGCA) research grant (2015 -2019), one Innovate UK reseach grant (2015-2018), one Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 5 research grant (2016-2019) and two HKEP PhD projects (2017-2021 & 2020-2024).  

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