ADAS scientists help evidence and guide crop disease management by chemical, genetic and biological approaches. Our expertise covers all areas of disease management on the major crops. We lead multi-organisation collaborative research into disease management and preventation, as well as provide strategic consultancy.


A key feature of pathology is an understanding of practical disease management with an appreciation of the wider implications within agriculture, the environment and the food chain. Our approach combines an understanding of disease biology with plant physiology to ensure effective protection of arable crops.

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ADAS Crop Protection Team's expertise and services includes:

Crop protection, control of diseases, pests and weeds

Disease management

  • Agronomy support
  • Controlled-environment studies
  • Glasshouse and small compartment studies
  • Laboratory studies and experiments
  • Model development and disease forecasting
  • National surveys
  • ORETO field trials (efficacy)
  • Disease diagnosis
  • Resistance management
  • Soil-borne diseases
  • Strategic project management

Pest management and entomology

  • Pest identification, monitoring and forecasting
  • Project development, management and delivery
  • Research and consultancy on improved methods for pest management
  • Development of novel pest management measures
  • Efficacy of biological control agents
  • Impacts of pest management methods on beneficial invertebrates
  • Monitoring, forecasting and modelling
  • Pest and natural enemy biology and behaviour
  • Pesticide and biopesticide efficacy trials
  • Resistance management
  • Systematic literature reviews

Weed management

  • Conservation of rare arable weeds
  • Contract trials: field, outdoor pot and glasshouse
  • Data interpretation and statistical analysis
  • Desk studies, including literature or economic reviews
  • Detailed understanding of weed biology and ecology
  • Herbicide resistance testing
  • In-house facilities for field, glasshouse and polytunnel trials
  • Integrated and cultural control and management
  • Non-chemical and organic weed control
  • Resistance management
  • Weed identification



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