Fiona Burnett is Professor of Applied Plant Pathology and Head of Knowledge Exchange at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) where activities cover all aspects of education, skills training, consultancy and research that relate to the natural economy. She has particular research interests in Integrated Pest Management and pesticide stewardship. Fungicide resistance and efficacy are core activities for her research team and she chairs the Fungicide Resistance Action Group–UK, which produces advice and recommendations to manage emerging resistance issues. The steering groups, boards and committees she contributes to are extensive and include the UK Plant Health Forum (Defra) and the British Crop Protection Council’s Diseases Working Group. She chairs the Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain and she is a Director of Scottish Quality Farm Assured Cereals Ltd. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Sector Lead for agriculture in the directorate for Scotland’s Plant Health Centre of Expertise.