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Gerard Clover, RHS Head of Plant Health, is responsible for managing the RHS’s team of plant pathologists and entomologists and for developing the Society’s research programme to identify and control pests and diseases, undertake surveillance and share knowledge with members.
He obtained his BSc (Hons) from the University of Bristol and his PhD from Rothamsted Research / University of Nottingham before working as a post-doctoral scientist in Defra’s Food and Environment Research Agency. Prior to joining the RHS in 2013 he managed the New Zealand Plant Health & Environment Laboratory, the government reference laboratory for plant pests and diseases, and led the development of phytosanitary policy for imported plants.
His personal area of expertise is the detection, characterisation and management of virus and virus-like diseases. He is the supervisor of a CASE student with the University of Cambridge who is investigating the interaction of virus infection and plant-associated insects. He is also the supervisor of an MRes student with Royal Holloway who is seeking to identify the most important pests and diseases affecting UK gardens. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and is Senior Editor for the journal New Disease Reports. He is a member of the board of the British Society for Plant Pathology and the Association of Applied Biologists’ virology committee.
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