John is a senior phytobacteriologist at Fera. He is involved in bacteriology diagnostic services as well as being instrumental in the research on taxonomy, diagnosis, epidemiology and control of phytopathogenic bacteria.
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John regularly consults with government and the EU on development and
implementation of policy on monitoring and eradication of quarantine
John is a member of the EPPO panel on diagnosis of plant pathogenic bacteria and a founding member of the European Association of Phytobacteriologists. He is currently managing research projects on bacterial pathogens of potatoes (Pectobacterium spp. and Ralstonia solanacearum), tomatoes (rhizogenic Rhizobium radiobacter) and mushrooms (Pseudomonas tolaasii and P. gingeri) as well as understanding the biological diversity of soils in relation to plant health and productivity.
Potatoes are just one of the crops the Fera crop health team can test for problems.
Elphinstone, J.G., Hennessy, J., Wilson, J.K. and Stead, D.E. 1996. Sensitivity of detection of Ralstonia solanacearum in potato tuber extracts. EPPO Bulletin 26; 663-678.
Elphinstone, J.G. 1996. Survival and possibilities for extinction of Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith in cool climates. Potato Research 39; 403-410.
Prior, P., Allen, C. and Elphinstone, J.G. (eds.) 1998. Bacterial Wilt Disease: Molecular and Ecological Aspects. Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg. ISBN 3-540-63887-3. 133-139.
Elphinstone, J.G. and Stanford, H. 1999. Sensitivity of methods for the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum in potato tubers. EPPO Bulletin 28; 69.
Elphinstone, J.G., Stanford, H and Stead, D.E. 1999. Survival and transmission of Ralstonia solanacearum in aquatic plants of Solanum dulcamara and associated surface water in England. EPPO Bulletin 28; 93.
John attends annual meetings of the EPPO panel on diagnosis of plant pathogenic bacteria and the European Association of Phytobacteriologists.
John works across teams involved in the diagnosis of bacterial plant
diseases, the development and validation of diagnostic methods, disease
epidemiology and control and the taxonomy of emerging and established
bacterial plant pathogens.
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