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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Department of Plant Services

Research theme: Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food


I’m a final year BBSRC DTP student and I’m studying septoria, a fungal disease of wheat. My work used simulations to evaluate the expected effectiveness of different disease management strategies, in particular with respect to managing so-called fungicide resistance (a phenomenon where the pathogen evolves such that treatments designed to kill the pathogen become no longer effective).


Project Title:

Optimising fungicide resistance management strategies

Project Summary:

Fungal crop diseases are capable of mutations which lead to disease treatments failing - fungicide resistance. One way of delaying fungicide resistance is to use mixtures of fungicides, so that multiple mutations are required before the mixture is completely ineffective. I use mathematical modelling and simulations to explore optimal resistance management strategies, primarily focussing on mixtures as a resistance strategy and using Septoria of winter wheat as a case study.


Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Dr Nik Cunniffe

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