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Alison Dolan

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Plant Pathologist
Alison.Dolan@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 568866

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
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.

Bibliography

  • Dolan,. A., (2018) Pathogen tezsting requirements for raspberry material entering the EU certification scheme., In: Graham, J. & Brennan, R. (eds.). Raspberry: Breeding, Challenges and Advances. Springer International Publishing, Chapter 6, pp83-88.
  • Dolan, A.; MacFarlane, S.; Jennings, S.N., (2018) Pathogens in raspberry and other Rubus spp., In: Graham, J. & Brennan, R. (eds.). Raspberry: Breeding, Challenges and Advances. Springer International Publishing, Chapter 4, pp41-61.
  • Dolan, A., (2017) The Rubus Certification Scheme in the United Kingdom., In: Martin, R.R., Ellis, M.A., Williamson, B. & Williams, R,N. (eds.). Compendium of Raspberry and Blackberry Diseases and Insects. APS Press, St Paul, 2nd edition, pp144-145.
  • Graham, J.; Smith, K.; McCallum, S.; Hedley, P.E.; Cullen, D.W.; Dolan, A.; Milne, L.; McNicol, J.W.; Hackett, C.A., (2015) Towards an understanding of the control of 'crumbly' fruit in red raspberry., SpringerPlus, 4, Article No. 223.
  • Lees, A.; Cooke, D,.E.L.; Toth, I.; Dolan, A.; SRUC; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh., (2014) Scottish Government Plant Health Workshop., Rapporteur, Scottish Government Plant Health Workshop, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, 8 December 2014.
  • Jennings, N.; Dolan, A., (2014) Rubus: Blackberry, raspberry and loganberry., In: George, R.A.T. Diseases of Temperate Horticultural Plants. CABI, Wallingford, Oxon. Chapter 2, pp21-51.
  • Dolan, A., (2013) Nursery production of plants., In: Funt, R. & Hall, H.K. (eds.). Raspberries. Crop Production Science in Horticulture No.23. CABI, Wallingford, Oxon, Chapter 6, pp73-82.
  • Dolan, A.; MacFarlane, S.A.; McGavin, W.J.; Brennan, R.M.; McNicol, J.W., (2011) Blackcurrant reversion virus: validation of an improved diagnostic test, accelerating testing in breeding and certification of blackcurrants., Journal of Berry Research, 1, 201-208.
  • Dolan, A.; MacFarlane, S.A.; Pitkin, Y.; McGavin, W.J., (2011) Validation of an improved diagnostic test to accelerate the certification of blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.) plants for breeding and propagation., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2010, pp28-29.
  • Denoys-Rothan, B.; Chartier, P.; Petit, A.; Gordon, S.; Graham, J.; Dolan, A.; Hofer, M.; Faedi, W.; Malteni, M.; Baruzzi, G.; Mexetti, B., (2008) Genetic resource of European small berries according to Genberry., Sodinninkyste ir Darzininkyste, 27, 371-377.
  • MacFarlane, S.A.; McGavin, W.J.; Dolan, A., (2008) Discovering new viruses in raspberry crops., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2007, pp28-29.
  • Jones, A.T.; McGavin, W.J.; Dolan, A., (2001) Detection of Tobacco streak virus in North American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.)., Plant Health Progress.

  • Dolan,. A., (2018) Pathogen tezsting requirements for raspberry material entering the EU certification scheme., In: Graham, J. & Brennan, R. (eds.). Raspberry: Breeding, Challenges and Advances. Springer International Publishing, Chapter 6, pp83-88.
  • Dolan, A.; MacFarlane, S.; Jennings, S.N., (2018) Pathogens in raspberry and other Rubus spp., In: Graham, J. & Brennan, R. (eds.). Raspberry: Breeding, Challenges and Advances. Springer International Publishing, Chapter 4, pp41-61.
  • Dolan, A., (2017) The Rubus Certification Scheme in the United Kingdom., In: Martin, R.R., Ellis, M.A., Williamson, B. & Williams, R,N. (eds.). Compendium of Raspberry and Blackberry Diseases and Insects. APS Press, St Paul, 2nd edition, pp144-145.
  • Jennings, N.; Dolan, A., (2014) Rubus: Blackberry, raspberry and loganberry., In: George, R.A.T. Diseases of Temperate Horticultural Plants. CABI, Wallingford, Oxon. Chapter 2, pp21-51.
  • Dolan, A., (2013) Nursery production of plants., In: Funt, R. & Hall, H.K. (eds.). Raspberries. Crop Production Science in Horticulture No.23. CABI, Wallingford, Oxon, Chapter 6, pp73-82.

  • Lees, A.; Cooke, D,.E.L.; Toth, I.; Dolan, A.; SRUC; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh., (2014) Scottish Government Plant Health Workshop., Rapporteur, Scottish Government Plant Health Workshop, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, 8 December 2014.
  • Dolan, A.; MacFarlane, S.A.; Pitkin, Y.; McGavin, W.J., (2011) Validation of an improved diagnostic test to accelerate the certification of blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.) plants for breeding and propagation., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2010, pp28-29.
  • MacFarlane, S.A.; McGavin, W.J.; Dolan, A., (2008) Discovering new viruses in raspberry crops., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2007, pp28-29.

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