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James Price

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Molecular Plant Pathologist - Plant Nematologist
+44 (0)344 928 8791 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


James is a molecular plant pathologist and plant nematologist within the CMS nematology group with a focus on potato cyst nematodes (PCN). Over his 8 years' experience working with plant-parasitic nematodes he has investigated parasite-host interactions, specifically; hatching, nematode surface-coats, screening for host PCN resistance and investigating host tolerance to PCN. James frequently collaborates with external companies to test novel PCN control strategies.

James holds an honorary appointment at the University of St. Andrews where he provides introduction to nematology lectures and practical classes for undergraduate students. James also provides lectures on nematode life cycle biology for the University of Ghent International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (IMaNema) course. The laboratory group routinely holds undergraduate research projects for honours students.

James is currently project managing the Scottish PCN Working Group. Please see for more information about this group and upcoming events.

Current research interests

  • Molecular mechanisms underpinning potato cyst nematode hatching
  • Characterising nematode surface coat proteins and their interactions within plant hosts
  • Identifying varietal tolerance to potato cyst nematodes
  • Working with external companies to test novel nematicides and biostimulants against potato cyst nematodes
  • Identifying novel potato resistance against root-knot nematodes

Past research

2021- : Molecular Plant Pathologist/Plant Nematologist – The James Hutton institute

2021: Research Fellow in Plant Parasitic Nematode Biology – University of St. Andrews

2020-2021: Associate Lecturer (education focused), School of Biology – University of St. Andrews

2015-2019: PhD in Biology, School of Biology - University of St Andrews & CMS - James Hutton Institute


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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.