Anna Harris, BSc, MSc, PhD

Phytophthora Diagnostician and Research Pathologist

Email: Harris

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5719
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Anna Harris graduated from Imperial College, London with a BSc in Biology in 2007 followed by an MSc in Integrated Pest Management in 2008. Anna worked as a project scientist at CABI, researching biocontrol of invasive weeds and the economic costs of invasive non-native weeds to Great Britain. In 2010 she joined the Tree Health section of Forest Research to study for a PhD entitled ‘The epidemiology of Phytophthora ramorum on Larix in the UK’ in conjunction with Imperial College, London and under the supervision of Dr Joan Webber. Anna was awarded her PhD in 2015. Since 2014 Anna has been working as a Phytophthora diagnostician and research scientist at Forest Research.

Current role

Provide a diagnostic service for quarantine and other Phytophthora pathogens to support GB surveillance by the Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales of Phytophthora ramorum and other regulated Phytophthoras affecting trees in forests and woodlands.

Conduct research into the epidemiology of regulated Phytophthoras in British forests

Current programmes

Detection, diagnosis and epidemiology of regulated Phytophthora pathogens including P. ramorum, P. kernoviae and P. lateralis

Research into variation and genotyping of P. ramorum in Britain

Mapping the distribution of Phytophthora in British parks, gardens, woodlands and forests

Investigating the global threats from Phytophthora spp. (PHYTO-THREATS)

Other affiliations and responsibilities:

Member of the British Society for Plant Pathology

Harris, A.R. & Webber, J.F. (2016). Sporulation potential, symptom expression and detection of Phytophthora ramorum on larch needles and other foliar hosts. Plant Pathology. DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12538

King, K.M, Harris, A.R. & Webber, J.F. (2015). In planta detection used to define the distribution of the European lineages of Phytophthora ramorum on larch (Larix) in the UK. Plant Pathology 64, 1168-1175. DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12345.

Williams, F., Eschen, R., Harris, A.R., Djeddour, D., Pratt, C., Shaw, R., Varia, S., Lamontagne-Godwin, J., Thomas, S.E. & Murphy, S.T. (2011). The economic cost of invasive non-native species to Great Britain. Egham, UK: CABI