Clement Gravouil

Plant Pathologist
Crop Protection
Crop and Soil Systems

Research interests 

My research interests focus on the plant microbiome - how it affects crop fitness and what factors can modify it. Understanding synergistic and antagonistic interactions between microbiome-pathogens-plants can provide novel integrated crop protection methods.

Current research projects include:

  • Searching for new and field testing endophytes promoting resistance to stress in cereals.
  • Development of molecular diagnostics for clubroot.
  • Field mapping of clubroot distribution in the UK for improving management strategies.
  • Search for endemic fungal biocontrol targeted against late-season cereal pathogens.

I am also the GM Safety Officer for the Crop and Soil System group and the research representative for the Equality, Human Right and Inclusion group.

Selected research projects

  • Benefits of fungal endophytes in wheat disease control (lead)
    Mains of Loirston-funded project on the efficacy of commercially available endophytes (ie fungi living inside plants) in controlling wheat diseases in the field.
  • Sustainable management of clubroot
    AHDB-funded project combining molecular field mapping and pathotyping for sustainable, practical and targeted improved clubroot control.
  • Soil health
    AHDB-funded project linking soil pathogen abundance (clubroot) with soil health characteristic for improved management of diseases and soil health.
    Scottish Government funded projects involved in diagnostics development to new IPM strategies.


  • Taught MSc Soil Ecology and Taxonomy (since 2015) – focus on key soil microbes, their taxonomy and their role in soil health.
  • Taught MSc Fundamentals of Plant Health (since 2016) –  background course on plant health issues covering diagnostics, control and management strategies.
  • Plant Biotic Interactions (since 2015) – focus on lichen, parasitic plants, mycorrhiza and nodulating rhizobacteria.

Selected publications

  • Newton AC, Holden N, de Vega Perez D, Gravouil C and Walters DR (2014) Induced resistance in crop protection: an overview. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin 102: 169-174
  • Marolleau B, Staub J, Barriere Q, Indiana A, Gravouil C, Chartier R, Heintz C, Devaux M, Tharaud M, Paulin JP, Duge de Bernonville T and Brisset MN (2013) La qPFD, un outil de criblage des SPD, alias stimulateurs de défense des plantes (in French). Phytoma 664: 42-45
  • Gravouil C, Fountaine JM, Dickinson MJ and Newton AC (2012) Ecological tolerance: changing our approach to crop protection. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2012 (pp. 95-100)
  • Newton AC, Gravouil C and Fountaine JM (2010) Managing the ecology of foliar pathogen: ecological tolerance in crop. Annals of Applied Biology 157: 343-359
  • Fountaine JM, Gravouil C, Daniell TJ, Harling R, Shepherd T, Taylor J, Dickinson MJ and Newton AC (2009) Leaf wax and cultivar effects on phylloplane organisms and disease in barley. Aspects of Applied Biology, 98: 207-212

See all of Dr Clement Gravouil's publications.

Clement Gravouil

Plant Pathologist

Address: Crop & Soils Systems, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4220

Fax: 0131 535 4144