Cambridge Crop Research

Dr Camila Zanella

Camila joined NIAB in 2016, working as a post-doc researcher across a range of ongoing research projects in the Cambridge Crop Research department. Her research focuses on the application of classical genetics studies, plant molecular genetics and genomics, including genetic mapping and genome wide association screens, to investigate the genetic control of disease resistance to stripe (yellow), leaf (brown) and stem (black) rust, yield, yield components, and quality traits in cereal crops, with particular focus on wheat and multi-founder advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations.

Andrea Vadillo Dieguez

Andrea is working on Bacterial canker disease on sweet cherry (Prunus avium, L.) caused by some pathovars in the Pseudomonas syringae species complex. Mainly, focusing on elucidating the importance of effector proteins and phytotoxins for Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae pathogenicity. She has a strong interest in molecular plant-pathogen interactions and how they evolve over time.

Dr Nichola Hawkins

Nichola’s research focuses on the evolutionary biology of plant pathogens, and how we can develop more durable crop disease control strategies against ever-evolving pathogen populations. This includes factors driving the evolution of fungicide resistance, and how these will apply to future crop protection measures, in pathogens including Zymoseptoria tritici which causes the major wheat disease Septoria leaf blotch.

Dr Kostya Kanyuka

Dr Kanyuka leads NIAB’s strategic and applied research on the biology, detection, surveillance, epidemiology and management of diseases and pests of field crops, working with a wide range of academic and commercial partners and customers.

Dr Tally Wright

Tally is a quantitative geneticist and data analyst working with Dr Keith Gardner, programme leader in quantitative genetics at NIAB. Tally works across a range of ongoing research projects in Cambridge Crop Research division and is involved in the analysis and design of a number of diverse and important NIAB wheat collections.

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