Dr. Neil McRoberts
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology
Director, National Plant Diagnostic Network, Western Region

B.Sc. Crop Science (University of Edinburgh)
Ph.D. Plant Pathology (University of Edinburgh)

From 1990 - 2010 I worked as a research scientist and lecturer at the Scottish Agricultural College, working on crop health and agriculture and environmental sustainability in a policy-related research program for the Scottish Government.  I led an interdisciplinary research team that used epidemiology and economic modeling to link biology and social sciences to solve complex policy problems.  In 2010 I joined the faculty in the plant pathology department at UC Davis as an epidemiologist and started to work on key issues facing California crop commodities.  Grape viruses and there effects on the sustainability of grape production were one of the first problems I began to tackle, working in partnership with the clean plant program at Foundation Plant Services.  In addition to grape viruses I also work on virus problems in processing tomato, quarantine disease problems in the strawberry nursery industry and disease problems in fresh market spinach.  A major component of my program is now devoted to the huanglongbing epidemic threatening California citrus.