Charles Lane

Charles is a Plant Health Consultant at Fera. He studied for his Ph.D. on a fungal parasite of the cultivated mushroom working closely with industry to understand a new and emerging disease called cobweb mould.


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  • Area of expertise
    Plant Health Mycology
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

Charles has spent the past 20 years identifying fungal plant diseases both indigenous and alien to the UK. He leads Fera’s work on citizen science developing capability and capacity in stakeholders, NGOs and members of the public about plant health and biosecurity. He is a Royal Society Biology Senior Plant Health Professional and a member of the Arboricultural Association.

Charles has been involved in large European projects investigating diseases such as strawberry blackspot and Monilinia Brown rot of top fruit in addition to projects funded by the HDC concerning mushroom pathogens, fungal diseases of berry fruit including blackcurrant, blueberry and vines in addition to evaluating the efficacy of seed treatments for botrytis neck rot. Charles is Fera’s lead on citizen science projects such as Observatree, OPAL and The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN). He is also responsible for leading work for Defra and the Government Office of Science on ‘Inspiring the Next Generation of Plant Health Scientists' working with organisations such as the Royal Society Biology, Gatsby funded Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) and the University York Science Education Group.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Lane, CR, Beales, PA, Hughes, KJD (2012). Fungal Plant Pathogens-Protocols and Procedures CABI Books. CABI Books, 240 Selected publications by Charles Lane

Hughes KJD; Tomlinson JA; Giltrap PM; Barton V; Hobden E; Boonham N; Lane CR; (2011). Development of a real-time PCR assay for detection of Phytophthora kernoviae and comparison of this method with a conventional culturing technique. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 131(4),695-703.

Henricot B; Denton J; Scrace J; Barnes AV; Lane CR; (2010). Peronospora belbahrii causing downy mildew disease on Agastache in the UK: a new host and location for the pathogen. Plant Pathology, 59(4),801-801.

Lane CR; Barnes AV; Beales PA; Whittaker R; Gaunt A; (2010). First report of Puccinia longicornis on Phyllostachys aurea in the UK. Plant Pathology, 59(4),803-803.

Humphreys-Jones DR; Barnes AV; Lane CR; (2008). First report of the downy mildew Peronospora lamii on Salvia officinalis and Rosmarinus officinalis in the UK. Plant Pathology, 57(2),372-372.

Events past and future

23-24 February 2016: Organised Observatree/IPSN Conference on Tree and Plant Health Early Warning Systems in Europe (23-24 February 2016, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK).

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Fungal Plant Diseases - Indigenous & Alien

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