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Expert in Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Botany, Mycology, Algology, Gardening, Garden Design

Expert ID: 727905 United Kingdom

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Expert has a First Class honours degree in botany during which he specialised in mycology, plant pathology and taxonomy. He took his doctorate in forest pathology, specialising in canker diseases of forest trees. For fourteen years he was engaged in research on the biology and control of vegetable diseases using a wide range of techniques and approaches. For the past 31 years he has advised on the biology and control of the diseases of many temperate and tropical crops. He is the author of a book that has been the standard work of reference on the pests and diseases of garden plants for thirty-four years. He is the author of standard works of reference on the fungi of Britain and Europe. He is double Past-President of the British Mycological Society, the largest and oldest society in the world devoted to the study and conservation of fungi.He has received numerous awards and honours including the Veitch Memorial Medal in Gold of the Royal Horticultural Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Media Guild [UK]. He has written around 60 books, over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, many thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and photographs and contributed to over 2000 radio and television programmes on gardening /horticulture.

He advised successfully in an action concerning the needle drop of Nordmann for Christmas trees imported to the U.K. from Denmark. By identifying and replicating the conditions under which the trees had been transported and stored, he was able to demonstrate that the defect was due to the conditions after landing the trees in the U.K. and not while they were in Denmark.He advised successfully in an action concerning the contamination of vegetable propagating compost with club root disease and was able to demonstrate that the contamination arose from the bogs where the peat originated, and not at the farms where it was used.He advised successfully in an action concerning the loss of a glasshouse chrysanthemum crop by demonstrating that the crop loss was due to a faulty carbon dioxide generator and not to any other cause.He advised successfully in an action concerning the origin of copper deficiency symptoms in a glasshouse tomato crop by demonstrating that the potting compost used was defective.He advised successfully in an action concerning an excessive claim for costs in an extensive and high value garden design undertaken by a leading garden designer by demonstrating poor workmanship and defective accounting by the contractors responsible.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: Hon D. Univ Subject: Science Institution: University of Derby
Year: 1994 Degree: Honorary Chair Subject: Plant Pathology Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Year: 1968 Degree: D.Phil Subject: Forestry Institution: University of Oxford
Year: 1968 Degree: B. Sc Subject: Botany Institution: University of Southampton

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1970 to 1984 Employer: National Vegetable Research Station Title: Research Leader Department: Plant Pathology
Responsibilities:
He was responsible for a team undertaking research in soil-borne diseases of vegetable crops

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1970 to 1984 Agency: Agricultural Research Council Role: Research Team Leader Description: He undertook research into plant diseases

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
British Mycological Society
Royal Society of of Biology
Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Linnean Society of London
Royal Photographic Society
Licenses / Certifications
C Hort, F C I Hort, C Biol, FRSB, FLS, ARPS
Professional Appointments
Past President British Mycological Society
Past Council Member and Officer Association of Applied Biologists. Trustee North of England Zoological Society.
Awards / Recognition
Hon D. Univ (Derby)
Hon Chair in Biological Sciences (Liverpool JMU)
Benefactors' Medal, British Mycological Society
Veitch Memorial Medal in Gold, Royal Horticultural Society
Lifetime Achievement Award, Garden Media Guild
Publications and Patents Summary
He has written 60 books, over 70 scientific papers, published many thousand newspaper and magazine articles and photographs and contributed to over 2000 radio and television programmes on gardening /horticulture.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert witness for 31 years including court appearances; never yet lost an argument
Training / Seminars
Single expert witness training

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He has a basic working knowledge, especially of written French
Russian He has a very basic working knowledge, especially of written Russian

Fields of Expertise

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