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Prof Fiona Burnett

  • Position: Head of Knowledge and Impact
  • Location: South East Scotland
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils

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I am Professor of Applied Plant Pathology and Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at SRUC. My expertise covers most aspects of applied plant health and I play an active role in the advice and diagnoses offered in SRUC’s crop clinic, and the crop health monitoring schemes in Scotland.

I have particular research interests in Integrated Pest Management and pesticide stewardship. Fungicide resistance and efficacy are core activities for my research team and I chair the Fungicide Resistance Action Group–UK, which produces advice and recommendations to manage emerging resistance issues.

The steering groups, boards and committees I contribute to are extensive and include the UK Plant Health Forum (Defra), the Scottish Voluntary Initiative and the British Crop Protection Council’s Diseases Working Group. I chair the Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain and I am a Director of Scottish Quality Farm Assured Cereals Ltd. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. I am Agriculture Sector Lead in the directorate for Scotland’s Plant Health Centre of Expertise.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils

I'm currently working on

  • integrated pest management to optimise the sustainability of arable production
  • technologies drive impact arising from research
  • sustainable and safe use of pesticides
  • plant health key principles

My professional highlights

  • Sector lead for Agriculture in Scotland’s Plant Health Sector
  • Chair of Fungicide Resistance Action Group UK
  • Director of Scottish Quality Crops
  • Chair Association Crop Protection Northern Britain

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