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Alison Dolan

Staff picture: Alison Dolan
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Plant Pathologist
+44 (0)1382 568866

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Curator of the Soft Fruit Germplasm Collections held at the James Hutton Institute.

Head of soft fruit pathogen testing in-house and for external commercial clients for a range of viruses, pests and pathogens.

Principal investigator for the UK Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring project and a member of the SWD Working Group and Steering Group committees.

The Scottish Government approved sole signatory for the Plant Health Declarations for Rubus and Ribes Pre-basic stock plant material entering the EU Certification Scheme.

The Scottish Government approved ‘responsible person’ issuing soft fruit Plant Passports.

Current research interests

The main body of my work underpins a key strategic objective of the Scottish Government to support horticultural and agricultural production to improve profitability and sustainability.

An important aspect of that objective is minimising the losses due to plant diseases enabling the soft fruit industry in Scotland to continue to thrive by providing pathogen-tested planting materials for entry into the EU Plant Health Certification Scheme. I provide expertise on soft fruit diseases, their identification and testing requirements and pathogen tested plants for use in the breeding programmes and research projects at the James Hutton Institute.

This input is essential for the release of new cultivars from the Rubus and Ribes breeding programmes and in submitting grant applications, where using high health material is a requirement for the ultimate success of the project. Commercial companies also regularly seek expertise and advice on testing requirements. This results in an increase in commercial testing and ultimately underpinning work (material entering the high-health collection).

In addition, I have established germplasm collections of Rubus and Vacciniums in the field and provide high health plant material for the Ribes field collection. These collections are a source of germplasm for scientific and commercial use worldwide.

I am the principal investigator at the institute for the UK Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring project.

Past research

I have over 30 years’ experience working with pests and pathogens of soft fruit. I have worked on cane, fruit and root diseases in Rubus and viruses in Rubus, Ribes, Fragaria and Vaccinium.

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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.