St Albans scientist publishes research which could save farmers £100m each year

Pascoe Harvey

Pascoe Harvey - Credit: Archant

A scientist from St Albans is about to publish ground breaking research which could save farmers millions of pounds.

Pascoe Harvey

Pascoe Harvey - Credit: Archant

Former Verulam pupil Pascoe Harvey has been working in collaboration with Dr Henrik Stotz at the University of Hertfordshire to curb the prevalence of a crop disease called stem canker.

In the UK alone, the destructive infection costs farmers £100 million per year.

The 26-year-old used computers to analyse the genetic code of rapeseed, pinpointing what makes the plants resistant to stem canker - therefore aiding farmers to produce a healthy harvest and use less fungicide.

The research will be published in scientific journal PLOS One.

Pascoe said: “I love it when you can use a computational approach to pick apart a difficult biological problem, particularly when what you discover is something that’s really useful for people.”

He is studying for a PhD in synthetic biology at Edinburgh University.