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'The Ugly Truth'

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Dr Glenn Bryan, Dr David Cooke, Dr Andre Daccache and Professor Jonathan Jones.

Dr Glenn Bryan

Dr Glenn Bryan leads the Potato Genetics Group at JHI. He obtained his PhD at Washington University in St Louis, USA. He has worked on various organisms, Drosophila, dairy cattle, rice, wheat and potato. His work focuses on the genetics of important potato traits that underpin potato breeding, such as tuber quality traits and durable pest and disease resistance. He led the UK team participating in the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium, for which he also served on the steering committee.

Professor Jonathan Jones

Professor Jonathan Jones is a senior scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, and uses molecular and genetic approaches to study disease resistance in plants. He received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1980, conducted postdoctoral work at Harvard, worked in an Agbiotech company in California 1983-8, and returned to UK in 1988. Head of Sainsbury Laboratory 1994-7, 2003- 2009, and Professor at University of East Anglia since 1997. 

Dr David Cooke

Dr David Cooke is a senior plant pathologist at the James Hutton Institute. He was a graduate and postgraduate student at Aberystwyth University and has been working in Dundee since 1994.  He specialises on the study of diseases of potatoes, soft fruit and trees caused by Phytophthora (from the Greek ‘plant destroyer’).  The potato late blight agent, Phytophthora infestans, remains the most notorious of these species.  David runs a programme of late blight research that examines the way crop management practices should adapt to a continually evolving pathogen population.

Dr Andre Daccache

Dr Andre Daccache is a senior consultant at the International Mediterranean Agronomic Institute. He specialises in plant production and holds a PhD in irrigation engineering and water resources management. Andre recently left his Academic Fellow position at Cranfield University where he was investigating the impact of climate change on land suitability and potato production in the UK. He has also contributed to the development of a benchmarking tool to improve irrigation efficiency of potato growers. His other research interests include irrigation scheduling, on-farm irrigation systems performances, precision irrigation and crop production sustainability.