Tom Prior

Tom is a world leading expert on nemotodes with extensive experience of delivering high quality nematology diagnostics to a wide range of industries.

Tom Prior

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  • Area of expertise
    Plant Nematology
  • Years of experience
    16
  • Highest qualification
    BSC (Hons), SPHP, MRSB

Tom is the Senior Plant Nematologist at Fera. As lead nematologist, his role is to deliver a high-quality nematology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients. The team utilises a range of both cutting edge and classical techniques to provide comprehensive diagnostic service covering terrestrial nematodes across the global spectrum of agricultural and horticultural crops.

Tom is a member of the European & Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) Diagnostics in Nematology panel, the Association of Applied Biologists (AAB) nematology group and International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) working groups. Tom has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers, New Disease Reports and diagnostic protocols. He is a member of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB; Senior Plant Health Professional), European Society of Nematologists (ESN) and Systematics Association.

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Latest Papers and Articles

ISPM 27 Annex 18 (2017). DP 18: Anguina spp.

(2017), PM 7/95 (2): Xiphinema americanum sensu lato. EPPO Bull, 47: 198–210. doi:10.1111/epp.12382

Chabirand A, Anthoine G, Fox A, and Laurenson L, (2016) Quality assurance for molecular testing in plant health. Chapter 10 in Molecular Methods in Plant Disease Diagnostics: principles and protocols. Edited by Boonham N, Tomlinson J, Mumford R. published CABI, Wallingford, UK. ISBN 978 1 78064 147 8

ISPM 27 Annex 11 (2016). DP 11: Xiphinema americanum sensu lato

Ahmed, M., Sapp, M., Prior, T., Karssen, G. & Back, M.A. (2016) Technological advancements and their importance for nematode identification, SOIL, 2, 257-270, doi:10.5194/soil-2-257-201

de Jesus, D. S., Oliveira, C. M. G., Roberts, D., Blok, V., Neilson, R., Prior, T., Balbino, H. M., Mackenzie, K. M., de Lima Oliviera R. D. (2016) Morphological & molecular characterisation of Aphelenchoides besseyi & A. fujianensis (Nematoda: Aphelenchoidinae) from rice and forage grass seeds in Brazil. Nematology DOI 10.1163/15685411-00002962

Hodgetts, J., Hall, J., Ostoja-Starzewski, J., Prior, T., Lawson, R., Boonham, N. (2015) The application of DNA barcoding for bio-security: a perspective from the UK. Genome 58(5):228-228

Meressa, B., Prior, T., Mekete, T. & Hallmann, J. (2015) Descriptions of four new records of plant-parasitic nematode species from commercial cut-flowers in Ethiopia. Nematoda, doi:org/10.4322/nematoda.01115

Events past and future

12 December 2017: AAB Advances in Nematology, Linnean Society of London, Piccadilly, UK.

European Association of Potato Research Poster

Tom and his team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera... 

A unique diagnostic service for both free-living and cyst nematodes from soil and plant material. All aspects of our PCN procedures are accredited to ISO 17025 standards.

Insect Monitoring

Providing you with the information you need to make pest control decisions.

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Soil Health Unit

Health tests, organism monitoring and metal detection for your soil, amongst other services

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