Dr Kim Davie

Potato Nematologist

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8813


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Taxonomy of nematode species relevant to potato production
  • Molecular diagnostics of nematodes
  • Statutory Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) programmes and related legislation
  • PCN control strategies
  • Identifying, and mitigating against, biosecurity risks in relation to potato nematodes 
  • I also have a background with insect pest species and viruses that affect potato production


  • In 2015 I returned to SASA as a potato nematologist funded by AHDB potatoes to develop expertise in nematology and nematode management in potato crops
  • In 2013 I became a policy officer in the Scottish Government and was responsible for a programme to eradicate a viral disease of cattle from Scotland. 
  • From 2010 to 2013 I undertook a PhD at SASA on the Biodiversity and Epidemiology of Potato Virus Y with the University of Nottingham
  • In 2009 I was acting entomology laboratory manager for a year. Responsible for running the aphid suction trap network in Scotland and providing information to growers about potential virus risk to crops. Also responsible for carrying out surveys and providing advice on outbreaks or interceptions of insect pest species. 
  • In 2007 I completed a MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation with Edinburgh Napier University while still working at SASA
  • In 2003 I began working as an invertebrate diagnostician in the virology and zoology section at SASA. My main duties were examining soil samples for the presence of potato cyst nematodes, identification of aphid species and identification of other invertebrate species of plant health importance.
  • In 2002 I started working at SASA in the herbage and vegetable section as a seasonal assistant helping with trial work
  • In 2001 I worked as a research assistant at the University of St Andrews working on insect morphology and behaviour
  • Awarded BSc (Hons) Zoology in 2000 from the University of Dundee
Lacomme C, Davie K, Nova Y, Mullholland L, Pickup J.  2018.  Factors affecting the population dynamics and epidemiology of viruses infecting potato. Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2018. :215-220.
Davie K, Pickup J.  2018.  Nematode pests of potatoes. Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes. 2 Production, storage and crop protection
Pickup J, Davie K, Cole Y, Fotheringham S, Sloan W.  2018.  The impact of the regulation of potato cyst nematodes across Scotland - are we running out of land for seed production? Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2018. :237-242.
Russell GC, Grant DM, Lycett S, Bachofen C, Caldow GL, Burr PD, Davie K, Ambrose N, Gunn GJ, Zadoks RN.  2017.  Analysis of bovine viral diarrhoea virus: Biobank and sequence database to support eradication in Scotland. Veterinary Record. 180(18):447.
Bellstedt DU, Glais L, Davie K, Lacomme C.  2017.  Evolution and Origin of PVY. Potato virus Y: biodiversity, pathogenicity, epidemiology and management. :77-101.
Lacomme C, Davie K, Holmes R, Pickup J.  2014.  PVYN prevalence in potato crops: impact of strain competition and differential ability to overcome plant resistance mechanisms. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2014. :201-206.
Davie K, Dickinson M, Lacomme C.  2012.  Biodiversity and Epidemiology of PVY in Scotland. Abstract AAB: Advances in Plant Virology.
Davie K, Dickinson M, Lacomme C.  2012.  The biodiversity and epidemiology of PVY in Scotland. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2012. :255-260.
Malumphy C, Davie K.  2010.  First incursion of Nipponorthezinella guadalcanalia (Hemiptera: Ortheziidae) into Britain,. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History. 23(2):65-72.
Pickup J, Fox A, Holmes R, Highet F, Davie K, Lacomme C.  2010.  Potato viruses PVA and PVY - do they have the same aphid vectors? Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2010. :219-224.
Pickup J, Davie K, Fox A, Highet F, Holmes R.  2009.  Epidemiology of viruses in Scottish seed potatoes. Aspects of Applied Biology. 94, Potatoes, Viruses and their vectors:5-10.