Andrew Aspin

Andy has worked in plant bacteriology since 1992 and is the curator of the National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (NCPPB). He is an integral part of the Bacteriology team that provide a high quality, comprehensive diagnostic service through appropriate techniques - able to detect and identify all significant plant pathogenic bacteria of agricultural and horticultural crops.

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  • Area of expertise
    Plant Pathology
  • Years of experience
    25+
  • Highest qualification
    BSc (Hons)

Andy sits on the Diagnostics in Bacteriology panel of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO), on behalf of Defra, and has participated on expert working groups for Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus and Dickeya/Pectobacterium spp. He has represented the UK as a national expert on audit missions for the European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and is a member of the European Association of Phytobacteriologists. As curator of one of the largest and most comprehensive international collections of plant pathogenic bacteria, the NCPPB, – a founder collection of the United Kingdom Biological Resource Centres Network (UKBRCN) – he has a wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of all significant bacterial diseases of plants and the legislation around them.

Employing his experience and expertise, Andy provides plant bacteriology training to post-graduate students, to bacteriologists overseas, and to the UK Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate. 

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Stead D.E., Parkinson N., Aspin A., Heeney J., Crump S. and Vicente J.G. (2016) First occurrence of Xanthomonas campestris pv. raphani on wallflower (Erysimum cheiri) in the United Kingdom. New Disease reports 34, 14 http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2016.034.014

Elphinstone J.G., Aspin A. (2016) Bacterial Spot and Canker of PrunusXanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni. Defra Factsheet https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/assets/factsheets/x-arboricola-pv-pruni-factsheet

O’Neil T., Elphinstone J.G., Aspin A. (2012) Bacterial Diseases of Protected Ornamentals HDC Factsheet 26/12 https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/download/2479/file

Marco Scortichini, Maria Pia Rossi, Stefania Loreti, Adriana Bosco, Mario Fiori, Robert W. Jackson, David E. Stead, Andy Aspin, Ugo Marchesi, Maurizio Zini, and Jaap D. Janse (2005) Pseudomonas syringae pv. coryli, the Causal Agent of Bacterial Twig Dieback of Corylus avellana. Phytopathology https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-95-1316

Studholme, David; Wicker, Emmanuel; Muzemil, Sadik; Aspin, Andrew; Bogdanove, Adam; Broders, Kirk; Dubrow, Zoe; Grant, Murray; Jones, Jeffrey; Karamura, Georgina; Lang, Jillian; Leach, Jan; Mahuku, George; Nakato, Gloria; Coutinho, Teresa; Smith, Julian; Bull, Carolee (2019)  Transfer of Xanthomonas campestris pv. arecae, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum to Xanthomonas vasicola (Vauterin) as Xanthomonas vasicola pv. arecae comb. nov., and Xanthomonas vasicola pv. musacearum comb. nov. and description of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum pv. nov. Phytopathology, in print

Events past and future

2019: 10-14 June 2019 European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO) meeting XXXIII – Microbe Power – in Turin, Italy

2018: 19-22 November 2018 Diagnostics in Bacteriology, EPPO panel meeting in Ghent, Belgium;

2018: 23 November 2018 European Association of Phytobacteriologists (EAP) meeting in Merelbeke, Belgium;

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


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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Grower support tools

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

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All Crop Health Services
Writing

Latest Papers and Articles

Stead D.E., Parkinson N., Aspin A., Heeney J., Crump S. and Vicente J.G. (2016) First occurrence of Xanthomonas campestris pv. raphani on wallflower (Erysimum cheiri) in the United Kingdom. New Disease reports 34, 14 http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2016.034.014

Elphinstone J.G., Aspin A. (2016) Bacterial Spot and Canker of PrunusXanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni. Defra Factsheet https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/assets/factsheets/x-arboricola-pv-pruni-factsheet

O’Neil T., Elphinstone J.G., Aspin A. (2012) Bacterial Diseases of Protected Ornamentals HDC Factsheet 26/12 https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/download/2479/file

Marco Scortichini, Maria Pia Rossi, Stefania Loreti, Adriana Bosco, Mario Fiori, Robert W. Jackson, David E. Stead, Andy Aspin, Ugo Marchesi, Maurizio Zini, and Jaap D. Janse (2005) Pseudomonas syringae pv. coryli, the Causal Agent of Bacterial Twig Dieback of Corylus avellana. Phytopathology https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-95-1316

Studholme, David; Wicker, Emmanuel; Muzemil, Sadik; Aspin, Andrew; Bogdanove, Adam; Broders, Kirk; Dubrow, Zoe; Grant, Murray; Jones, Jeffrey; Karamura, Georgina; Lang, Jillian; Leach, Jan; Mahuku, George; Nakato, Gloria; Coutinho, Teresa; Smith, Julian; Bull, Carolee (2019)  Transfer of Xanthomonas campestris pv. arecae, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum to Xanthomonas vasicola (Vauterin) as Xanthomonas vasicola pv. arecae comb. nov., and Xanthomonas vasicola pv. musacearum comb. nov. and description of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum pv. nov. Phytopathology, in print

Attending or speaking at

Events past and future

2019: 10-14 June 2019 European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO) meeting XXXIII – Microbe Power – in Turin, Italy

2018: 19-22 November 2018 Diagnostics in Bacteriology, EPPO panel meeting in Ghent, Belgium;

2018: 23 November 2018 European Association of Phytobacteriologists (EAP) meeting in Merelbeke, Belgium;

ECCO
Services

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


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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