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. 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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  • Area of expertise
    Plant Virology
  • Years of experience
    20
  • Highest qualification
    BSc (Hons), 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.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Adams IP, Fox A, Boonham N and Jones RAC (2018) Complete genomic sequence of the potyvirus, Mashua virus Y, obtained from a 33-year-old mashua (Tropaeaolum tuberosum) sample, Microbiology Resource Announcements, 7, 15, e01064-18 DOI: 10.1128/MRA.01064-18 https://mra.asm.org/content/ga/7/15/e01064-18.full.pdf

Adams IP, Fox A, Boonham N, Massaart S, De Jonghe K, (2018) The impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnostics, European Journal of Plant Pathology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-018-1570-0(Online September 2018)

Maree HJ, Fox A, Al Rwahnih M, Boonham N and Candresse T (2018) Application of HTS for Routine Plant Virus Diagnostics: State of the Art and Challenges. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9:1082. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01082

Skelton A, Fowkes A, Adams I, Buxton-Kirk A, Harju V, Forde S, Ward R, Kelly M, Barber P, Fox A, (2018). First report of Prunus necrotic ringspot virus and Mulberry cryptic virus 1 in mulberry (Morus alba) in the United Kingdom. New Disease Reports 37, 23. http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2018.037.023

Roenhorst JW, de Krom C, Fox A, Mehle N, Ravnikar M, Werkman AW (2018) Ensuring validation in diagnostic testing is fit for purpose: a view from the plant virology laboratory. EPPO Bulletin. 48, 1 105-115, DOI: 10.1111/epp.12445 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/epp.12445

Skelton A, Uzayisenga B, Fowkes A, Adams IP, Buxton-Kirk A, Harju V, Forde S, Ward R, Ritchie B, Rutherford M, Offord L, Umulisa C, Waweru B, Kagiraneza B, Karangwa P, Fox A (2018) First report of Pepper veinal mottle virus, Pepper yellows virus and a novel enamovirus in hot pepper (Capsicum sp.) in Rwanda. New Disease Reports, 37, 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2018.037.005

Adams IP, Skelton A, Macarthur R, Hodges T, Hinds H, Flint L, Deb Nath P, Boonham N, Fox A. (2014) Carrot yellow leaf virus Is Associated with Carrot Internal Necrosis. PLoS ONE 9(11): e109125. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109125

Adams I. P., Miano D. W., Kinyua Z. M., Wangai A., Kimani E., Phiri N., Reeder R., Harju V., Glover R., Hany U., Souza-Richards R., Deb Nath P., Nixon T., Fox A., Barnes A., Smith J., Skelton A., Thwaites R., Mumford R., and Boonham N. (2013) Use of next-generation sequencing for the identification and characterization of Maize chlorotic mottle virus and Sugarcane mosaic virus causing Maize Lethal Necrosis in Kenya. Plant Pathology, 62:4, pp741-749 [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02690.x]

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.

Insect Monitoring

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

Learn more

Soil Health Unit

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

Learn more

Grower support tools

Cutting edge software to help growers optimise their crop yield and health

Learn more

All Crop Health Services
Writing

Latest Papers and Articles

Adams IP, Fox A, Boonham N and Jones RAC (2018) Complete genomic sequence of the potyvirus, Mashua virus Y, obtained from a 33-year-old mashua (Tropaeaolum tuberosum) sample, Microbiology Resource Announcements, 7, 15, e01064-18 DOI: 10.1128/MRA.01064-18 https://mra.asm.org/content/ga/7/15/e01064-18.full.pdf

Adams IP, Fox A, Boonham N, Massaart S, De Jonghe K, (2018) The impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnostics, European Journal of Plant Pathology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-018-1570-0(Online September 2018)

Maree HJ, Fox A, Al Rwahnih M, Boonham N and Candresse T (2018) Application of HTS for Routine Plant Virus Diagnostics: State of the Art and Challenges. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9:1082. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01082

Skelton A, Fowkes A, Adams I, Buxton-Kirk A, Harju V, Forde S, Ward R, Kelly M, Barber P, Fox A, (2018). First report of Prunus necrotic ringspot virus and Mulberry cryptic virus 1 in mulberry (Morus alba) in the United Kingdom. New Disease Reports 37, 23. http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2018.037.023

Roenhorst JW, de Krom C, Fox A, Mehle N, Ravnikar M, Werkman AW (2018) Ensuring validation in diagnostic testing is fit for purpose: a view from the plant virology laboratory. EPPO Bulletin. 48, 1 105-115, DOI: 10.1111/epp.12445 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/epp.12445

Skelton A, Uzayisenga B, Fowkes A, Adams IP, Buxton-Kirk A, Harju V, Forde S, Ward R, Ritchie B, Rutherford M, Offord L, Umulisa C, Waweru B, Kagiraneza B, Karangwa P, Fox A (2018) First report of Pepper veinal mottle virus, Pepper yellows virus and a novel enamovirus in hot pepper (Capsicum sp.) in Rwanda. New Disease Reports, 37, 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2018.037.005

Adams IP, Skelton A, Macarthur R, Hodges T, Hinds H, Flint L, Deb Nath P, Boonham N, Fox A. (2014) Carrot yellow leaf virus Is Associated with Carrot Internal Necrosis. PLoS ONE 9(11): e109125. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109125

Adams I. P., Miano D. W., Kinyua Z. M., Wangai A., Kimani E., Phiri N., Reeder R., Harju V., Glover R., Hany U., Souza-Richards R., Deb Nath P., Nixon T., Fox A., Barnes A., Smith J., Skelton A., Thwaites R., Mumford R., and Boonham N. (2013) Use of next-generation sequencing for the identification and characterization of Maize chlorotic mottle virus and Sugarcane mosaic virus causing Maize Lethal Necrosis in Kenya. Plant Pathology, 62:4, pp741-749 [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02690.x]

Attending or speaking at

Events past and future

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

European Association of Potato Research Poster
Services

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.

Insect Monitoring

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

Learn more

Soil Health Unit

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

Learn more

Grower support tools

Cutting edge software to help growers optimise their crop yield and health

Learn more

All Crop Health Services

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