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Finlay Dale

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

Current research interests 

Research areas include investigating novel resistances to potato cyst nematode, the inheritance and effectiveness of new sources of resistance to Globodera pallida in wild Solanum species from the Commonwealth Potato Collection genebank based at the James Hutton Institute. The research evaluates the resistance and applies molecular markers to enable rapid gene introgression into modern cultivars. Research also towards understanding traits of commercial and environmental importance. Recent research has investigated the epidemiology of Tobacco Rattle Virus, an important virus in potatoes, particularly processing potatoes.

I am one of the principal potato breeders at the James Hutton Institute with joint responsibility for a number of research programmes at the tetraploid level and also at the diploid level as well as commercial breeding programmes based at the James Hutton Institute and Mylnefield Research Services. I am a member of the Association of Applied Biologists and a member of the Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement committee of the same organisation. I am also an editor for the scientific journal Annals of Applied Biologists from 1998 onwards.

Past research 

I have an Honours degree in Agricultural Science from Edinburgh University and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Birmingham. My doctorate degree, based at Birmingham University and the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge, examined a wide range of wild and primitive species of sugar beet and their evolutionary relationships. Appointed as a research scientist to the Scottish Plant Breeding Station in 1979 and subsequently to the Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1989, researching aspects of breeding potatoes and important disease and quality traits of the potato.


  • Griffiths, D.W., Dale, M.F.B., Morris, W.L., Ramsay, G. 2007. Effects of season and postharvest storage on the carotenoid content of Solanum phureja potato tubers. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 55 (2), 379-385 .
  • Dale, M.F.B., Neilson, R. 2006. Free living nematodes and spraing. British Potato Council Research Review, 62 pp.
  • Dale, M.F.B., Robinson, D.J., Todd, D. 2004. Effects of systemic infections with Tobacco rattle virus on agronomic and quality traits of a range of potato cultivars. Plant Pathology 53 (6), 788-793.
  • Robinson, D.J., Dale, M.F.B., Todd, D. 2004. Factors affecting the development of disease symptoms in potatoes infected by Tobacco rattle virus. European Journal of Plant Pathology 110 (9), 921-928.
  • Dale, M.F.B., Bradshaw, J.E. 2003. Progress in improving processing attributes in potato. Trends in Plant Science 8 (7), 310-312.
  • Bradshaw, J.E., Dale, M.F.B., Mackay, G.R. 2003. Use of mid-parent values and progeny tests to increase the efficiency of potato breeding for combined processing quality and disease and pest resistance. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 107 (1), 36-42.
  • Dale, M.F.B., Griffiths, D.W., Todd, D.T. 2003. Effects of genotype, environment, and postharvest storage on the total ascorbate content of potato (Solanum tuberosum) tubers. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 51 (1), 244-248.
  • Griffiths, D.W., Dale, M.F.B. 2001. Effect of light exposure on the glycoalkaloid content of Solanum phureja tubers. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 49 (11), 5223-5227.

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