Staff Directory - Dr Andrew Beacham | Harper Adams University

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Dr Andrew Beacham


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Fresh Produce Research Centre of the Crop and Environment Sciences Department with expertise in whole plant physiology, molecular biology and pathology. 

Current research projects

My current research forms part of the Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) project, a Defra-funded collaboration between Harper Adams and Warwick Universities. I am exploring whole plant stress physiology in Brassicas and lettuce, developing and using multiple stress protocols in order to analyse the response of Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets (DFFSs) to temperature and water availability fluctuations. This will allow the identification of stress-tolerant brassica and tipburn-tolerant lettuce lines. Such lines will be examined in further detail, such as the identification of stress tolerance-associated QTLs, and could provide useful genetic material for crop breeding programmes.

Current research interests

  • Whole plant abiotic stress physiology – predominantly in leafy vegetable crops such as Brassicas, lettuce and herbs
  • Development of plant resources for breeding programmes
  • DNA based detection of plant pathogens such as soil-borne fungal pathogens of Brassicas

Current and recent research funding

  • Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) – Investigation of abiotic stress tolerance in lettuce and Brassica Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets (Defra)
  • Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) -  development of abiotic stress protocols for analysis of lettuce and Brassica Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets (Defra)
  • Use of abiotic stress to improve shelf life in culinary herbs (The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) – Horticulture)

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