Staff Directory - Dr Abigail Graceson | Harper Adams University

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Dr Abigail Graceson


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Crop and Environment Sciences Department with expertise in horticulture, urban greening and in physical, chemical and structural properties of growing media. 

Current research projects:

  • Identifying sources of disease resistance in lettuce against Botrytis cinerea and Sclertinia sclerotiorum

A collaborative project bringing together academic and industry expertise. The project aims to identify novel alleles for increasing the resistance of lettuce to B. cinerea and S. sclerotiorum to facilitate downstream breeding approaches.

  • Evidence for the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on the environment

A collaboration between Harper Adams University and EviEM in Sweden to collate, assess and systematically map research evidence relating to:The impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on the environment, mitigation measures to reduce the impact of this class of insecticides on the environment, and the potential environmental and economic impacts of maintaining the EU moratorium or not using this class of products.

Recent research projects:

  • Rapid evidence assessment of the relative risks to human health from the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic resistance genes in the aquatic environment
  • A genetic approach to improving post-harvest quality in fresh produce (funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)
  • Achieving the genetic potential of oilseed rape (funded by Technology Strategy Board)
  • The effect of soil compaction and loosening on Greenhouse Gas emissions and grass productivity (funded by Dairy Co)
  • The effect of growing media components on plant growth and water retention on green roofs (funded by Waste and Resources Action Programme and Harper Adams University)


Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: 01952 815135

Office: G26 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID


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