Dr Phil Taylor

Time of writing: 2017

Philip Taylor graduated with a first in Plant Science (Wye College, 1982) and a PhD (JIC, UEA) on downy mildew of peas. This led to two plant path/molecular post-docs and a 5 year teaching post at the University of Hull investigating the fundamentals of host pathogen interaction.

However he left to run a large farm with the intention of setting up a centre for the growth of GM crops for industry (which stalled due to the moratorium on GM crops). As a farmer he remained active in plant pathology with chemical field trials and experimental crops and was on the NFU working party for biotechnology and GM crops. He took an MSc in science communication in 2007.

He started at CABI in 2010 and as training manager has produced training material in basic diagnostics, he has trained in over 16 countries (improving the food security of these nations) and at BSPP sponsored events for post-graduates in UK. His experience is unique; a combination of understanding practical farming and plant pathology.