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Dr Henry Creissen

  • Position: Research Fellow/Lecturer in Crop Protection
  • Location: South East Scotland

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After completing my PhD in plant ecology and pathology at the John Innes Centre in 2013, I worked as a Researcher for the Organic Research Centre, where I was involved in large European projects on conservation agriculture (OSCAR) and plant breeding (COBRA).

In 2015 I moved to Teagasc, Ireland to develop sustainable approaches to disease management in arable crops, and improve adoption of best practice at farm level.

In my current role at SRUC I am a work package leader in Scottish government funded work on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) where I'm building on strong links I have with various research institutes in the UK and Europe. I also have experience of conducting cropping systems research in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau).

In addition to my research commitments I regularly contribute to meetings of growers, agronomists and the agrochemical industry (such as SRUC open days and workshops, Farm Advisory Service, Arable Scotland).

I am module coordinator for ‘New Perspectives in Plant Protection’ in the BSc Horticulture and BSc Agriculture degree programmes and ‘Plant Protection: Integrated Approaches’ in the HND Horticulture and HND Agriculture programmes. I also deliver teaching content for other SRUC modules, such as Agronomy, Plant Biotic Interactions and Organic Production Systems.

I teach on the University of Edinburgh’s BSc Plant Science programme and SRUC/University of Edinburgh’s joint venture, the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security BSc and MSc programmes.

I'm currently working on

  • developing effective integrated disease management strategies for arable crops,
    particularly barley because of its significance to Scotland
  • quantifying adoption of IPM practices at farm level through stakeholder
    engagement and farmer surveys
  • improving adoption of IPM practices through knowledge transfer and exchange

My professional highlights

  • led a team of researchers in developing a metric to measure IPM practices on temperate arable farms
  • working with the National Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union Scotland and the Voluntary Initiative in England and Scotland to improve their IPM plans based on the above research

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