Horticultural Crop Research (East Malling)

Ross Newham

Ross is responsible for much of the day-to-day operational running of the site including facilities, health & safety, quality control (EMQA), etc, and occasionally helping the science staff communicate their activities to external audiences.

Noémie David-Rogeat

Noémie's research project is looking at changes of the African eggplant growth under drought, high temperature, and salinity, alone or in combination, and how to limit their negative impacts. She is also interested in the nutritional quality of the plant.

Prior coming to NIAB East Malling, she completed her BSc in Life Sciences and Engineering at EPFL (Switzerland) and a MSc in Biotechnology at Imperial College London.

David Fisher

David is a second year PhD student, under the SoCoBio DTP programme, whose current research focuses on understanding and improving the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetable, within the wider context of improving food system sustainability and micronutrient security.

He is particularly interested in the application of stress conditioning as a means of increasing nutrient accumulation in strawberry, as well as subsequent associations between nutritional quality and crop tolerance of pre- and post-harvest stresses.

Katie Hopson

Katie has worked at East Malling as a strawberry breeder since 2016, including developing new varieties under the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club (EMSBC) initiative and for Malling Fruits.  The focus of the programme is genetic improvement and varietal development of the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa). 

Sharon Jones

Sharon provides support for many of the technical aspects of the strawberry breeding programmes at East Malling.

In addition, she manages the micropropagation (meristem dissection) of key lines produced from the programme and performs susceptibility screenings for Phytophthora cactorum (crown rot), Podosphaera aphanis (powdery mildew) and Verticillium dahlia (verticillium wilt).

Camila Gonzalez Campo

Camila has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Plant Breeding. Her research interest include molecular genetics and genome editing for precision crop breeding and she is currently carrying out a full-time BBSRC PhD studentship in Crop Sciences at the University of Reading, based at NIAB East Malling.

Research project

Camila's PhD project is focused on understanding the genetic control of the everbearing trait in the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) by using gene editing, and to further develop reliable markers for the selection of optimised everbearing habit.

Scott Raffle

Scott’s role is to raise the profile of the research and commercial activities at East Malling and to improve collaboration between the researchers and the fruit and wider horticulture industry. This includes the activities of the Growing Kent & Medway programme.


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