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11-12 June 2025 

Roy Ward Farms

Leadenham Lincs

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Aoife O'Driscoll

Dr Aoife O'Driscoll

Senior Specialist - Crop Protection and IPM, NIAB

A molecular plant pathologist by training, Aoife has broad ranging experience in crop protection research, agronomy and knowledge transfer in the arable and horticulture crop sectors. Her PhD conducted with Teagasc investigated novel sources of resistance to Septoria tritici in wheat and the model grass species Brachypodium distachyon. She has since held roles in agrochemical regulatory science and as a field vegetable pathologist with ADAS, achieving her BASIS Certificate in Commercial Horticulture in 2018.

At NIAB, she works to identify and build cross-cutting relationships between fundamental and applied research programmes to deliver the best IPM strategies onto farm. Her research interests centre around development of integrated disease management strategies for broadacre crops and ecologically-based tactics for better IPM; incorporating detailed studies on fungal, pest and plant populations with field experimentation and on-farm trialling.

Aoife is part of the crop specialist team, working together with the regional teams to deliver knowledge exchange by presenting at meetings, delivering demonstrations at trial sites and national events. The team looks to develop contract research activities by liaising with industry organisations and commercial companies as well as supporting the delivery of internal and external training on all aspects of crop protection and agronomy.

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