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date: 27 February 2021

Spence, Prof. Nicola Jane free


Born W Runton, Norfolk 22 Feb. 1961; d of Sqdn Leader John Spence and Leoné Spence; m 1993, Julian Horsley; one s one d

Chief Plant Health Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, since 2014


Mount Sch., York; Bridlington High Sch.; Univ. of Durham (BSc Botany 1982); Birkbeck Coll., Univ. of London (MSc Microbiol. 1986); Univ. of Birmingham (PhD Plant Virology 1992)


Res. Scientist, Horticulture Res. Internat., Wellesbourne, 1987–2003; Team Leader, Internat. Plant Health, 2003–06, Hd of Plant Health, 2006–09, Central Sci. Lab., York; Chief Scientist, Food and Envmt Res. Agency, York, 2009–10; Chief Exec., Science City York, 2010–14. Special Prof. in Plant Pathol., Univ. of Nottingham, 2007–; Vis. Prof., Harper Adams Univ., 2017–; Hon. Prof., Univ. of Birmingham, 2019–. Pres., British Soc. for Plant Pathology, 2020–21. Trustee, Royal Botanic Gdns, Kew, 2009–16


The Distribution, Identification, Ecology and Control of Bean Common Mosaic Virus in Africa, 1992; (contrib.) The Gene-for-Gene Relationship in Host-Parasite Interactions, 1997; (contrib.) Biotic Interactions in Plant-Pathogen Associations, 2001; (contrib. with A. J. Murant) Compendium of Umbelliferous Crop Diseases, 2002; (contrib. with S. L. Hughes) Handbook of Plant Virology, 2005; contrib. papers to learned jls, incl. Plant Pathol., Outlook in Agriculture, Plant Disease, Jl Virological Methods, Annals Applied Biol., Jl Phytopathol., Eur. Jl Plant Pathol., Bulgarian Jl Agricl Sci., Archives of Virol., Jl Applied Econs


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