Adrian Fox

Adrian is the Senior Plant Virologist at Fera. As lead virologist, his role is to deliver a high-quality virology diagnostic service to a wide range of UK and overseas government and commercial clients.


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  • Area of expertise
    Plant Virology
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification
    PhD, CBiol MRSB

Adrian has participated as an external expert on working groups for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), including co-authorship of a scientific opinion/risk assessment on Pospiviroids and risk assessment on Chrysanthemum stunt viroid. Adrian has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers, New Disease Reports and book chapters. He is also a member of the International Committee on Plant Virus Epidemiology and is the chair of the European Association of Potato Research Virology Section.

The team utilises a range of both cutting edge and traditional techniques to provide comprehensive diagnostic service covering viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas across the global spectrum of agricultural and horticultural crops.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Fox, A., Rozado, Z., Adams, I.P., Skelton, A., Dickinson, M. and Boonham, N. (2017). Investigating the viral causes of internal necrosis in carrot. Acta Hortic. 1153, 245-250 DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1153.36

Rozado¬Aguirre Z., Marais A., Svanella¬-Dumas L., Faure C., Latour F., Villeneuve F., Dickinson M., Fox A., Boonham N., Candresse T. (2017) First report of Carrot torradovirus-1 (CaTV1), a member of the Torradovirus genus, infecting carrots in France. Plant Disease

Fox A., Collins L., Macarthur R., Blackburn L.F. and Northing P. (2017) New aphid vectors and efficiency of transmission of Potato virus A and strains of Potato virus Y in the UK, Plant Pathology. 66, 2 pp325-335 doi: 10.1111/ppa.12561

Fox A., Fowkes A., Buxton-Kirk A., Jackson L., Forde S., Ward R., MacIvor A., Harju V., Skelton A., and Adams I.P., (2016) First report of Potato aucuba mosaic virus in Solanum jasminoides in the United Kingdom, New Disease Reports, 34, 32.

Events past and future

10-15 July 2017: European Association of Potato Research meeting in Versailles, France.

European Association of Potato Research Poster

Adrian and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Diagnostic assay validation and applied research on the epidemiology of viruses and viroids.

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