Dr. Avice Hall MBE BSc MSc PhD


Dr Avice Hall obtained her BSC in Botany and Zoology from the University of Leicester in 1966 and then continued her studies at the University of Exeter where she obtained an MSc in Plant pathology and then a PhD studying clubroot of Crucifers. After a short period of temporary work as a plant pathologist at what was then NAAS at Woodthorne, Wolverhampton , she started lecturing in Plant pathology at the then Hatfield Polytechnic, where she has stayed as the institution developed, expanded and became the University of Hertfordshire over the last 40+ years. Her lecturing covers mycology ( including fungal diseases of humans) , mycological ecology, plant pathology and the effect of diseases in semi natural plant communities. From 1991 to 2001 she also lectured in plant pathology to all 3 levels of the BSc horticulture degrees at Writtle Agricultural college . This gave her a good understanding of the horticultural industry which complemented her understanding of arable agriculture.

Research interests in the last 15 to 20 years have included, phoma stem canker of oil seed rape, germination of woody seeds including Rosa laxa (HDC funded), rhododendron powdery mildew, rose blackspot (MAAF funded) and currently, powdery mildew on strawberries (HDC funded).

In 2010 she was awarded a Vice Chancellors award for ‘Educational engagement with business and the profession’ and in 2012 she was awarded an MBE for her contribution to higher education at the University of Hertfordshire and the community in St Albans.

Selected projects

  • Investigation of the properties of a novel fertiliser product in order to demonstrate its beneficial effects in improving soil stability, reducing leachate and nitrous oxide emissions and saving water.
  • BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary for Khin Hsu Hsu San.
  • Effects of fungicides on interactions between Leptosphaeria maculans and L. biglobosa on oilseed rape.
  • How fungicide effects on oilseed rape are influenced by interactions between phoma stem canker pathogens.
  • Understanding effects of host genetic background on selection of races of Leptosphaeria maculans.
  • Participatory research in Strawberry Mildew.

Recent publications

  • Zhang, X., White, R.P., Demir, E., Jedryczka, M., Lange, R.M., Islam, M., Li, Z.Q., Huang, Y., Hall, A., Zhou, G., Wang, Z., Cai, X., Skelsey, P. & Fitt, B.D.L. (2014). Leptosphaeria spp., phoma stem canker and potential spread of L. maculans on oilseed rape crops in China: Phoma stem canker on oilseed rape in China. Plant Pathology, 63(3): 598-612.
  • Mitrousia, G., Huang, Y., Hall, A. & Fitt, B.D.L. (2013). Pathogenicity of Leptosphaeria maculans isolates obtained from Brassica napus (oilseed rape) cultivars with the rlm7 resistance gene. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 43(Supp): 177.
  • Mitrousia, G., Huang, Y., Hall, A. & Fitt, B.D.L. (2013). Pathogenicity of Leptosphaeria biglobosa to oilseed rape (Brassica napus) cultivars differing in resistance against Leptosphaeria maculans. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 43(Supp): 103.
  • Zhang, X., White, R.P., Jedryczka, M., Lange, R.M., Li, Z., Huang, Y., Hall, A., Zhou, G., Wang, Z., Cai, X., Skelsey, P. & Fitt, B.D.L. (2013). Leptosphaeria spp. and Phoma stem canker on oilseed rape in China. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 43( Supp): 86.
  • Sidique, S.N., Huang, Y., Hall, A., & Fitt, B.D.L. (2013). Effects of host resistance on maturation of pseudothecia of Leptosphaeria maculans and L. biglobosa (cause of Phoma stem canker) in Brassica napus (oilseed rape). Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 43(Supp): 20.

Dr. Hall's extended publications list.

Link to UH profile page.

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