Dr Elizabeth Orton

Postdoctoral Scientist Designing Future Wheat, Plant Health

Biography

Elizabeth studies how rust diseases of cereals, including wheat and barley, are spread.

Rust can be spread by both asexual urediniospores and by sexually produced aeciospores. The sexual stage involves an alternate host, Berberis vulgaris or common barberry, and it is this interaction that Elizabeth’s research focuses on.

Elizabeth investigates what role barberry has on stem rust populations in the UK and brings together many aspects of plant pathology including molecular biology, field sampling, microscopy and photography, and population genetics.

Selected Publications

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