Applied Mycology and Bacteriology
The Applied Mycology and Bacteriology Group has a broad range of interests and specialisms relating to the interaction of microorganisms and plants and their effects on crop production. These include detailed aspects of infection and pathogenicity but also advanced methods of taxonomy, detection of fungi and bacteria and the involvement of microorganisms in food production and spoilage.
The group is keen to develop contacts with colleagues in associated areas which bring additional expertise and collaborations to widen the tools and applications of plant microbiology. Conferences are a major opportunity to achieve this and recent conferences organised by the Group include "Remote sensing in agriculture", "Mycotoxins in food production systems" and "Fungicide resistance – are we winning the battle but loosing the war?" Future conferences on specialist applied microbiology topics are planned and the Group welcomes suggestions from AAB members and non-members for scientific conferences or other related activities. In addition the Group is looking to develop education materials to support school and college teaching in these areas.