Plant parasitic nematode populations and environment data tracking

When turf decline is investigated, a single sample represents a snapshot in time that can make interpretation difficult when it comes to nematode problems. This short session will describe on-going research into plant parasitic nematode population dynamics in golf greens to shed some light on this issue. Abundances of different plant parasitic groups, the symptoms observed and environmental data (soil temperature, moisture etc) will be summarised from a case study based in Northern Ireland. This session will provide knowledge on plant parasitic nematode life cycles in field conditions and how to optimise a sampling strategy.

Presented by Dr Deborah Cox, Lagan Valley Scientific


Dr Deborah Cox
Agri Food & Biosciences Institute | Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Manager

Dr Deborah Cox manages the plant health molecular diagnostics laboratory at the Agri Food & Biosciences Institute in Belfast.  She began her scientific career in molecular biology 16 years ago quite differently, in forensic science. She studied first at Abertay University in Dundee and then at LGC Forensics in Teddington. 
Deborah changed fields in 2011 completing a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, studying abiotic stress responses during germination using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. Her post-doctorate research includes understanding the mechanisms behind flowering time, and plant parasitic nematode behaviour. Her research interests include how biodiversity and the microbiome impact plant health, biostimulant mode(s) of action, and nematode population dynamics in turf grass. 


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