Dr Jennifer Sjölund
Research interests/Areas of expertise
- Emerging plant pests and pathogens, in particular psyllid vectors of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum - the causal agent of Zebra Chip disease in potato.
- Developing molecular diagnostic tools for the identification of psyllid vectors.
- I joined SASA as a post-doc research scientist in March 2015 working on the CRF Psyllid project funded by the Scottish Government, and which is in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, the Natural History Museum, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
- I have since become project lead of the PhyLib II Euphresco project and technical lead for SASA on Pests Organisms Threatening Europe (POnTE) project (funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme).
- My PhD research was on the molecular ecology of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) forests, which was carried out at the University of Stirling from 2006 - 2014.
First report of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ in the United Kingdom in the psyllid Trioza anthrisci. New Disease Reports. 36:4. . 2017.
Understanding the legacy of widespread population translocations on the post-glacial genetic structure of the European beech, Fagus sylvatica L.. Journal of Biogeography. 44(11):2475–2487. . 2017.
Developing an RT-PCR assay for the identification of psyllid species. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2016. :279-282. . 2016.
Coppice management of forests impacts spatial genetic structure but not genetic diversity in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.). Forest Ecology and Management . 336:65-71. . 2015.
The benefits and hazards of exploiting vegetative regeneration for forest conservation management in a warming world. Forestry . 86(5):503-513. . 2013.