Epidemiology of Cladosporium in raspberry

October 2019 – September 2023

Lauren Farwell

Lauren recently completed her undergraduate study in Plant Science at the University of Bristol and started this four-year PhD research project.

Cladosporium has recently become a serious problem in raspberry and its occurrence and severity appear to vary greatly among farms. Lauren will conduct research to investigate:

  • Genetic relationship among Cladosporium spp. from different fruit crops and their species identities
  • Cross infectivity among Cladosporium spp. from different crops
  • Inoculum dynamics, focusing on contrasting farms in terms of management practices and historical issues with Cladosporium
  • Infection conditions, including histology
  • Controlling Cladosporium, focusing on biocontrol, UV and cool-chain management