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Adrian Newton

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cereal Pathologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

Current research grants activities

  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, Theme 2 – Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies. Research Deliverable Leader for Plant, Pest Interactions (RD2.1.4), research objective leader in Integrated Pest Management (RD2.1.6), Novel Crops (2.1.8), Sustainable Soil and Water Management (RD2.3.4), Integrated Management Systems (RD2.3.9)
  • EU 2020: SFS-2-2016 DIVERSify– Designing InnoVative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability.
  • EU 2020: SFS-26-2016 TRUE– Transition paths to sustainable legume-based systems in Europe.
  • HGCA Soil Management call: Platforms to test and demonstrate sustainable soil management: integration of major UK field experiments (completed 2017).
  • AHDB Horticulture PhD studentship: Integrated protection of horticultural crops through enhancing endogenous defence mechanisms (completed 2017).
  • AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds PhD studentship: Introgressing Resilience and Resource Use Efficiency Traits from Scots Bere to Elite Barley Lines (REBEL).
  • Royal Horticultural Society / Mylnefield Trust PhD studentship: Benign Enhancement Of Natural Defences: BEYOND.
  • Danish Strategic Research Council: Restricting the pathogenic effect on barley of the endophytic fungus Ramularia collo-cygni PhD studentship.
  • Agritech Catalyst: Breeding for Durable Resistance to Rhynchosporium.
  • EU ENDURE network
  • RESAS Innovation: Biocontrol for plant and human pathogens on horticultural produce.

Past research

  • April 2011-present: Senior Research Leader: 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 of Septoria nodorum.
  • 1979-1982: PhD: Department of Genetics, University of Birmingham, UK. Genetics of Puccinia striiformis and Septoria nodorum.
  • 1977-1978: Research Assistant: Department of Plant Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Genetics of Ustilago violacea.


  • BSc Hons (Agricultural Botany), Reading, UK, 1979
  • PhD (Genetics), Birmingham, UK, 1982

External Duties

  • 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.


Scientific posters/conferences

File Barley cultivar mixtures in theory and practice 56.81 KB
File Disease resistance mapping in spring barley 372.11 KB
File The effect of inoculum pressure fertiliser and component number on severity of mildew and scald yield and malting quality in mixtures of barley cultivars 156.62 KB
File Resistance elicitors as crop protectants 197.19 KB
File The effects of spatial scaling in host heterogeneity on epidemics of a plant pathogen 314.04 KB
File How do cultivar mixtures perform under defined soil tillage regimes? 411.09 KB
File Adaptation of cropping systems in northern latitudes to environmental change: consequences for food security 1.67 MB
File Assessing the contribution of component cultivars to malting quality yield and disease in complex cultivar mixtures 917.88 KB
File Deployment of disease resistance in barley: theoretical expectations and interactions with cultivation methods 875.34 KB
File Mapping Resistance to Spots and Blotches in Spring Barley 189.35 KB
File Resistance to Spots and Blotches in Spring Barley 197.33 KB
File Mitigating and adapting to climate change
Research at SCRI for northern Britain
560.65 KB
File Do mixed cultivars outperform monocultures under defined soil tillage regimes? 289.42 KB
File Potassium deficiency and defence signalling 1.72 MB
File Adaping our crop and soil systems to climate change 755.92 KB
File Potassium Deficiency and JA-dependent Responses to Biotic Stress in Barley 1.33 MB
File Role of Seed-Borne Infection in Rhynchosporium Epidemics in Barley 719.31 KB
File Potassium Deficiency and JA-dependent Responses to Biotic Stress in Barley 216.78 KB
File Characterization of the barley (Hordeum vulgare) phyllosphere 407.22 KB
File Characterisation of the barley phyllosphere and its interactions with Rhynchosporium secalis 253.9 KB
File Effect of a potato bacterial pathogen on barley fungal diseases 252.53 KB
File Rhynchosporium secalis cell wall proteins
133.43 KB

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.