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Carolyn Mitchell

Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

My research is concerned with integrated pest management in soft fruit systems (mainly raspberry and blackcurrant). In particular, I coordinate an HDC funded project, 'Developing techniques to manage raspberry leaf and bud mite in tunnel production' which aims to control leaf and bud mite using natural enemies and minimal acaricide applications. This work involves liaising with soft fruit growers and industry representatives on a regular basis to assess commercial needs and focus our research to address these needs. On completion of this research it is hoped to develop sustainable methods of IPM on protected raspberry plots that do not rely on fungicide and pesticide applications during flowering and fruit development but still provide a high quality of fruit with minimal residue levels.

My other research interest is another insect pest of raspberries, the clay coloured weevil (Otiorhynchus singularis). Very little work has been done on this pest in recent times and there is now a need to further understand the weevil’s biology and use this information to find new ways of controlling pest numbers. 

Past research

  • 2002-2007: PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee and SCRI. Novel approaches to the development of integrated pest management in UK raspberry production.
  • 2000-2002: MSc, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. Superparasitism in Venturia canescens (Gravenhorst) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae).
  • 1996-2000: BSc (Hons) Ecology (upper second class), School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

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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.