Charles is a Plant Health Consultant at Fera. He studied for his Ph.D. on a fungal parasite of the cultivated mushroom working closely with industry to understand a new and emerging disease called cobweb mould.
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Charles has spent the past 20 years identifying fungal plant diseases both
indigenous and alien to the UK. He leads Fera’s work on citizen science
developing capability and capacity in stakeholders, NGOs and members of
the public about plant health and biosecurity. He is a Royal Society
Biology Senior Plant Health Professional and a member of the
Charles has been involved in large European projects investigating
diseases such as strawberry blackspot and Monilinia Brown rot of top
fruit in addition to projects funded by the HDC concerning mushroom
pathogens, fungal diseases of berry fruit including blackcurrant,
blueberry and vines in addition to evaluating the efficacy of seed
treatments for botrytis neck rot. Charles is Fera’s lead on citizen
science projects such as Observatree, OPAL and The International Plant
Sentinel Network (IPSN). He is also responsible for leading work for
Defra and the Government Office of Science on ‘Inspiring the Next
Generation of Plant Health Scientists' working with organisations such
as the Royal Society Biology, Gatsby funded Science and Plants for
Schools (SAPS) and the University York Science Education Group.
Fera offers a suite of crop health services, resources, testing facilities and expertise to help farmers, growers and the food industry to improve yields, reduce costs and develop sustainable solutions.
Lane, CR, Beales, PA, Hughes, KJD (2012). Fungal Plant Pathogens-Protocols and Procedures CABI Books. CABI Books, 240 Selected publications by Charles Lane
Hughes KJD; Tomlinson JA; Giltrap PM; Barton V; Hobden E; Boonham N; Lane CR; (2011). Development of a real-time PCR assay for detection of Phytophthora kernoviae and comparison of this method with a conventional culturing technique. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 131(4),695-703.
Henricot B; Denton J; Scrace J; Barnes AV; Lane CR; (2010). Peronospora belbahrii causing downy mildew disease on Agastache in the UK: a new host and location for the pathogen. Plant Pathology, 59(4),801-801.
Lane CR; Barnes AV; Beales PA; Whittaker R; Gaunt A; (2010). First report of Puccinia longicornis on Phyllostachys aurea in the UK. Plant Pathology, 59(4),803-803.
Humphreys-Jones DR; Barnes AV; Lane CR; (2008). First report of the downy mildew Peronospora lamii on Salvia officinalis and Rosmarinus officinalis in the UK. Plant Pathology, 57(2),372-372.
23-24 February 2016: Organised Observatree/IPSN Conference on Tree and Plant Health Early Warning Systems in Europe (23-24 February 2016, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK). http://www.observatree.org.uk/events/
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