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David Cooke

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Research Leader
+44 (0)1382 568831

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

  • First Class Honours Graduate in Agricultural Botany, University of Wales Aberystwyth.
  • PhD Plant Pathology, University of Wales Aberystwyth.
  • Employed at the Institute since 1994 as a project leader in plant pathology.
  • Senior Editor for Phytopathology (2015-18); Senior Editor for PhytoFrontiers 2020-

Current research interests

  • Development and exploitation of genetic markers (SSR, effector gene sequences) for examining the population biology, epidemiology and management of Phytophthora infestans (potato late blight).
  • Co-ordinator of pathogen data for European project examining populations of Phytophthora infestans (Euroblight). See data release on 2021 population "Results of the EuroBlight potato late blight monitoring in 2021" and maps.
  • Evolution and population genetics of the genus Phytophthora.
  • Application of eDNA metabarcoding to examine diversity of Phytophthora and other Oomycete taxa in crops, forests and natural ecosystems. In current Euphresco and Future Proofing Plant Health funding I am testing the technology for improved plant biosecurity and nursery management. See also the completed PHYTO-THREATS project.
  • Soft fruit Phytophthora species: detection and control.
  • Potato late blight research to inform Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including the GB Potato crop Fight Against Blight campaign examining population change of Phytophthora infestans from 2003 to 2022. See report archive.
  • Epidemiology and risks posed by Phytophthora ramorum and P. kernoviae to managed gardens and heathland in Scotland. Full report and extension report on risks as a result of disease spread on larch are available. In addition a review on threats Phytophthora species pose to plant health in Scotland.


Scientific Posters / Conferences

File Validation and Exploitation of a PCR-based Diagnostic for Detecting Phytophthora in Strawberry and Raspberry 146.81 KB
File Genetic analysis of Scottish Phytophthora infestans populations with emphasis on within-outbreak diversity in 2004 720.8 KB
File The monitoring of GB blight outbreaks: mating type and genetic fingerprint analysis 381.34 KB
File The use of microsatellite markers to examine European P. infestans populations using the EUCABLIGHT database 218.37 KB
File The use of SSR markers to examine Scottish Phytophthora infestans populations 189.16 KB
File Using SSR markers to investigate Scottish Phytophthora infestans populations and the epidemiology of potato late blight 787.86 KB
File Detection of Phytophthora in plants by the Polymerase Chain Reaction 65.8 KB
File Detection of Phytophthora species in Strawberry in Plantations in S. Italy by a PCR-based Diagnostic 267.66 KB
File Relationships Within and Between Phytophthora and Other Oomycetes as Revealed by Two Types of Molecular Markers 244.61 KB
File Tracking Late Blight in the Field 118.5 KB
File Does Phytophthora idaei pose a threat to the raspberry crop? 402.88 KB
File Changing GB blight populations: mating type and genotype fingerprint analysis 905.72 KB
File Drivers and possible consequences of a changing population of Phytophthora infestans on the GB potato industry 805.63 KB
File Tracking Phytophthora in natural ecosystems 936.66 KB
File The changing Phytophthora infestans population: implications for Late Blight epidemics and control 5.1 MB
File Using molecular tools to investigate the role of tuber and soil-borne inoculum of Phytophthora infestans 775.52 KB
File Eucablight – A Late Blight Network for Europe 513.17 KB
File A new molecular tool box for the detection of Phytophthora species threatening forests and other natural ecosystems 297.75 KB
File How root and leaf traits of soft fruit help resist pest and pathogen attack
870.79 KB
File Impacts of forest pathogens: Predicting the spread of pathogens and risks to forest ecosystems: the case of Phytophthora
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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.