BRIGIT team and partners

The multidisciplinary collaboration of working group leaders and organisations in BRIGIT

Principal investigators

Program lead

Professor Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre) is a Group Leader of the Department of Crop Genetics.

Saskia leads Theme 3 of the Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) ‘Plant Health’ and is Line Manager of the John Innes Centre quarantine Insectary. She has 22 years of experience in investigations of insect-vectored plant pathogens.

Working group leaders

  1. Dr Ana Perez-Sierra (Forest Research) is Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service and has over 20 years of experience in plant pathology (agriculture, horticulture and forestry).
  2. Dr John Elphinstone (Fera Science Ltd) is a senior research project manager with 30+ years of experience in assessing risk, diagnosis, epidemiology and control of plant pathogenic bacteria of UK quarantine importance.
  3. Dr Steven White (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) is a researcher with 15 years research experience in mathematical and simulation modelling in population ecology, specialising in species spread, epidemiology and population dynamics.

Program co-investigators

  • Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales

    The NMW Department of Natural Sciences in Cardiff houses some of the most significant natural history collections in the UK, together with a core of taxonomic staff expertise. Relevant to this application is that we house important and wide-ranging collections of leafhoppers, planthoppers and spittlebugs, second only in importance to the Natural History Museum in London.

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

    CEH is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Uniquely, CEH integrates UK-wide observation systems and curiosity driven research, from the smallest scale of genetic diversity to large-scale, whole-Earth systems.

  • University of East Anglia

    The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been ranked 15th by The Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Complete University Guide 2019, as well as in the World Top 200 by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

  • Fera Science Ltd

    Fera is a national and international centre of excellence for interdisciplinary investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment.

  • Forest Research (FR)

    FR is the Forestry Commission’s research agency and UK’s primary research organisation for forestry, forests, woodlands, trees and their environs. FR's core role is to deliver research, development, monitoring, evaluation and other services, which provides a high- quality evidence base for UK sustainable land management policy and practice.

  • Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 

    The purpose of the RHS is the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches. Scientific research underpins the horticultural advice provided on the RHS website and to c. 500,000 members.

  • The University of Salford

    SASA is a Division of the Scottish Government Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate. Its primary role is to provide scientific services and advice in support of Scotland’s agriculture and wider environment.

  • University of St Andrews

    St Andrews is a unique and captivating place, and the University is a key part of its charm. Seven centuries of history link the students with the town, leading to the ancient and yet modern institution apparent today.

  • University of Sussex

    The University of Sussex is within the top 20 UK universities, ranking overall 10th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Biological Sciences research ranked 8th on quality of scientific outputs, with more than 87 per cent of research rated in the highest categories as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.