Anna Platoni

Plant Health Scientist (Entomology)

I have always been bug-mad and spent hours in my parents' back garden scaring my sister with caterpillars!

A garden is a fascinating ecosystem and, when UK gardens are combined, they form a huge area. This means that gardeners can really make a difference - and that is what makes my job so thrilling!

By helping to advise gardeners and doing research that improves our knowledge about gardens as systems, we can help the wider environment for both wildlife and people.

I have always been ‘bug’-mad and spent hours in my parents' back garden looking after pet snails and scaring my sister with caterpillars!

At university I studied Zoology and Entomology (the study of insects) while also working in museum insect collections, a city farm and tropical butterfly houses.

I am part of the Plant Health team in the labs at RHS Garden Wisley, where my current research focuses on the organic control of carrot fly and also viral diseases of garden plants.

Anna's posts and conversations

  • Carrot fly: how to protect your crop

    6,000 carrots, two seasons of growing, digging and examining and our research project is comple

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  • Working with the Bee Team

    Getting to know a bee colony is a fascinating experience

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  • A crafty plant virus pleases bees

    In the 'Bee Room' at the heart of Cambridge University, small bees help scientists rese

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  • The root of the problem

     In response to members' enquiries, our scientists are trialling methods to combat a c

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  • Last chance to see...

    Exotic butterflies are a-fluttering in the Wisley Glasshouse - but not for long! This weekend i

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  • Is it catching?

    Our scientist's back in the lab looking at viruses in edible and ornamental potato relative

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  • Discover hidden life in your plot with the RHS Invisible Garden

    Take a look at the fascinating world of microscopic organisms in the RHS's Invisible Garden

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  • Bring a bug to Wisley

    Join us for mini-beast mania at RHS Wisley; learn more about insects and appreciate “the

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