Sarah Plummer, BSc (Hons), MSc

Pathology Senior Technician

Email: sarah.plummer@forestry.gsi.gov.ukSarah Plummer

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

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

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 assistant, 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 and Chronic Oak Decline projects
  • Identifying microorganisms on oak and running experiments designed to determine the cause of AOD and COD
  • Processing Advisory samples from oak enquiries
  • Maintaining and developing culture collections
  • General lab maintenance and management

Current programmes

Acute and Chronic Oak Decline

  • Developing rapid diagnostics for the detection of bacteria and fungi
  • Research into the etiology and epidemiology of AOD and COD including pathogenicity trials
  • Detection and isolation of feeder and buttress root pathogens
  • Determining pathogenicity and interactive effects of microbiome components on oak health and resilience

Other affiliations and responsibilities

  • Member of the British Society for Plant Pathology

Research Areas

Oak Declines


Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Denman, S., Doonan, J., Ransom-Jones, E., Broberg, M., Plummer, S., Kirk, S., Scarlett, K., Griffiths, A.R., Kaczmarek, M., Forster, J., Peace, A., Golyshin, P.N., Hassard, F., Brown, N., Kenny, J.G., McDonald, J.E. (2017) Microbiome and infectivity studies reveal complex polyspecies tree disease in Acute Oak Decline. International Society Microbial Ecology Journal

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

Scientific conferences

Plummer, S. (2015) Presented poster at MBPP Conference – UWE Bristol, 8-9/04/15

Plummer, S., Barrett, G., Denman, S. (2014) Research progress and challenges in investigations into the causes of AOD, AOD Project Microbiology Meeting, 29 October 2014, University of the West of England, Bristol

Plummer, S., Kaczmarek, M., Barrett, G., Hunter, G., Kirk, S., McDonald, J., Denman, S. (2015) Genetics of Tree-parasite interactions Conference. Development of Rear-time PCR assays for the detection of Brenneria goodwinii and Gibbsiella quercinecans. IUFRO Orleans, France, 23-28/08/15. (Poster)

Plummer, S., Barrett, G., Denman, S. (2014) To discuss research progress and challenges in investigations into the causes of AOD, AOD Project Microbiology Meeting, 29 October 2014, University of the West of England, Bristol