Sarah Plummer, BSc (Hons), MSc

Pathology Senior Technician

Email: Plummer

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

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Sarah studied Biological sciences at Birmingham University from 2006-2009, she then went on to get a masters in Molecular Medicine from Cranfield University in 2010. Sarah first stared working at Forest Research in 2012 as a research scientist, employed through Bangor University.  She became an employee of Forest Research in 2015 when she took up her new role as Pathology Senior Technician.

Current role

  • Research support for the Acute Oak Decline project
  • Identifying microorganisms on oak and running experiments designed to determine the cause of AOD
  • Processing Advisory samples from oak enquiries
  • Maintaining and developing culture collections
  • General lab maintenance and management

Current programmes

Acute Oak Decline

  • Developing rapid diagnostics for the detection of key bacteria associated with AOD.
  • Research into the etiology of AOD including pathogenicity trials.

Other affiliations and responsibilities

  • Member of the British Society for Plant Pathology

Research Areas

Acute Oak Decline

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Denman, S., Plummer, S., Kirk, S.A., Peace, A., McDonald, J.E. (2016) Isolation studies reveal a shift in the cultivable microbiome of oak affected with Acute Oak Decline. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 39(7): 484-490