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Current research interests
- Epidemiology, crop protection and resistance deployment
- Rhynchosporium on barley
- Mechanisms of Rhynchosporium resistance in barley
- Components of sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Resistance elicitors as crop protectants
- Analysing epidemic spatial trends and local competition effects in heterogeneous vegetation and cultivar mixtures in general
- Adaptation to climate change in plant pathology and implications for food security
- Population biology of Rhynchosporium commune
- Disease and ecological tolerance
Current research grants activities
- Scottish Government: Animal/Plant Health and Disease and Animal Welfare, Theme 6, workpackage 4: Prevention and control of important endemic and new diseases of plants. RD6.4.1: Increased understanding of the epidemiology of important pest and pathogens including a better understanding of the factors driving population evolution and the emergence of new strains or other important factors (e.g. changing environmental conditions) responsible for disease outbreaks. RD6.4.4: Strategies for controlling increased disease risks arising from global change and reduced chemical availability. Integrated disease management systems that control pests and pathogens but also enhance production and improve/maintain resource efficiency. Identification of technical and socioeconomic barriers to the implementation of such strategies.
- Scottish Government: Centre of Expertise Climate Change: Evaluating the resilience enhancing Potential of Endophytes for Adapting to Climate changE stress in crops (PEACE).
- Commercial: Field trials of plant health products.
- Technology Strategy Board: Symptomless Infection of BarLey: resIstance breediNG and integrated crop protection Strategies (SIBLINGS).
- European Union: Pesticide Use Reduction and Risk in the Environment (PURE).
- European Union. NatuCrop: Development of a third generation biostimulant using natural biomolecules to reduce plant stress and realise crop potential yields.
- Technology Strategy Board and OMEX: Knowledge Transfer Partnership between The James Hutton Institute and Omex Agriculture Limited.
- BBSRC Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC): Fungal effectors as activators of novel resistances in cereals.
- HGCA Soil Management call: Platforms to test and demonstrate sustainable soil management: integration of major UK field experiments.
- HDC: Use of Plant Defence Elicitors to Provide Induced Resistance Protection in Brassica and Allium Crops.
- HDC/AHDB studentship: Integrated protection of horticultural crops through enhancing endogenous defence mechanisms.
- Danish Strategic Research Council: Restricting the pathogenic effect on barley of the endophytic fungus Ramularia collo-cygni.
April 2011-present: Senior Principal Research Scientist: The James Hutton Institute – Resistance to Rhynchosporium in barley, gene deployment and pathogen variation, crop protection using resistance elicitors, IPM and sustainable crop production.
2005-April 2011: Principal Research Scientist: Plant Pathology Programme, SCRI – Resistance to Rhynchosporium, and Ramularia in barley, gene deployment and pathogen variation.
2001-2005: Programme Leader/Co-Leader: Host-Parasite Co-Evolution, SCRI – Resistance to Rhynchosporium in barley, variation in the pathogen populations and heterogeneous gene deployment.
1994-2001: Principal Research Scientist: Fungal and Bacterial Plant Pathology Department, SCRI – Resistance to mildew and Rhynchosporium in barley, variation in the pathogen populations and resistance elicitors.
1985-1994: Senior Scientific Officer: Mycology and Bacteriology Department, SCRI – Resistance to mildew in barley and variation in the pathogen populations.
1982-1985: Research Fellow: Department of Genetics, University of Birmingham, UK. Genetics ofSeptoria nodorum .
PhD: Department of Genetics, University of Birmingham, UK. Genetics ofPuccinia striiformis andSeptoria nodorum .
1977-1978: Research Assistant: Department of Plant Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Genetics ofUstilago violacea .
- BSc Hons (Agricultural Botany), Reading, UK, 1979
- PhD (Genetics), Birmingham, UK, 1982
- Visiting Professor at SRUC, Edinburgh.
- Editor for Plant Pathology.
- Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee.
- Member of the Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain Standing Committee and Programme Committee.
- Member of HGCA Barley, Oats and Other cereals Recommended List Committee.
- Member of Scottish Variety Consultative Committee (Cereals).
- Scottish Society for Crop Research - Combinable and Energy Crops Committee.
- Chairman, International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights International Committee.
George T, MacKenzie B, Hallett P, Newton AC, Valentine T, 2014. Field soil platforms for characterisation of soil, nutrient, cultivation – genotype interactions. Agronomy doi: 10.3390/agronomy40x0000x
Skelsey P, Newton AC, 2014. Scale-dependent assessment of relative disease resistance to plant pathogens. Agronomy 4, 178-190. doi:10.3390/agronomy4020178
George TS, Brown LK, Ramsay L, White PJ, Newton AC, Bengough AG, Russell J, Thomas WTB, 2014. Understanding the genetic control and physiological traits associated with rhizosheath production by barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.12786
Matthews, R.B., Rivington, M., Muhammed, S., Newton, A.C., Hallett, P.D. 2012. Adapting crops and cropping systems to future climates to ensure food security: The role of crop modelling. Global Food Security. (doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2012.11.009)
- Bingham, I.J., Hoad, S.P., Thomas, W.T.B., Newton, A.C. 2012. Yield response to fungicide of spring barley genotypes differing in canopy structure. Field Crops Research 139, 9‐19.
- Newton, A.C., Torrance, L., Holden, N., Toth, I., Cooke, D.E.L., Blok, V., Gilroy, E.M. 2012. Climate change and defence against pathogens in plants. Advances in Applied Microbiology 81, 89‐132.
- Zhan, J., Yang, L., Zhu, W., Newton, A.C. 2012. Pathogen populations evolve to greater race complexity in agricultural systems - evidence from analysis of Rhynchosporium secalis virulence data. PLoS One 7(6): e38611.
- Newton, A.C., Guy, D.C., Bengough, A.G., Gordon, D.C., McKenzie, B.M., Sun, B., Valentine, T., Hallett, P.D. 2012. Soil tillage effects on the efficacy of cultivar and their mixtures in winter barley. Field Crops Research 128, 91‐100.
- Walters, D., Avrova, A., Bingham, I.J., Burnett, F.J., Fountaine, J., Havis, N.D., Hoad, S.P., Hughes, G., Looseley, M., Oxley, S.J.P., Renwick, A., Topp, C.F.E., Newton, A.C. 2012. Control of foliar diseases in barley: towards an integrated approach. European Journal of Plant Pathology 133, 33‐73.
- Looseley, M.E., Newton, A.C., Atkins, S.D., Fitt, B.D.L., Fraije, B., Thomas, W.T.B., Keith, R., Lynott, J., Harrap, D. 2012. Genetic basis of control of Rhynchosporium secalis infection and symptom expression in barley. Euphytica 184, 47-56.
- Newton, A.C., Guy, D.C. 2011. Scale and spatial structure effects on the outcome of barley cultivar mixture trials for disease control. Field Crops Research 123, 74-79.
- Newton, A.C., Flavell, A.J., George, T.S., Leat, P., Mullholland, B., Ramsay, L., Revoredo‐Giha, C., Russell, J., Steffenson, B., Swanston, J.S., Thomas, W.T.B., Waugh, R., White, P.J., Bingham, I.J. 2011. Barley: a resilient crop? Strengths and weaknesses in the context of food security. Food Security 3, 141‐178.
- Newton, A.C., Johnson, S.N., Gregory, P.J. 2011. Implications of climate change on diseases, crop yields and food security. Euphytica 179, 3‐18.
- Chakraborty, S., Newton, A.C. 2011. Climate change, plant diseases and food security, an overview. Plant Pathology 60, 2-14.
- Thirugnanasambandam, A., Wright, K., Havis, N., Whisson, S., Newton, A.C. 2011. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of the barley pathogen Ramularia collo-cygni with fluorescent marker tags and live tissue imaging of infection development. Plant Pathology 60, 929-937.
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