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    Dr Matthew Back

    BSc, MSc, PhD

    Reader in Nematology

    Photograph of Matthew

    Teaching and Learning

    • BSc:Crop Protection Technology, Advanced Agronomy, Applied Crop Protection
    • MSc: Plant Health Management (Principles and Practice), Applied Precision Crop Production, Advanced Agronomy for Fresh Produce 
    • MSc/PgC Plant Pathology: Biology and Epidemiology of Plant Pathogens, Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens
    • Supervision of PhD students:  Valeria Orlando, Samina Ashiq, Ana Morais-Natalio, Nasamu Musa Bawa. Nyambura Mwangi, Niru Tripathi and José Parau
    • Involvement in Short Courses: Concise BASIS, Plant Protection Award, Advanced Cereals Grassland BASIS

    Research Interests

    • Plant nematology - particularly Globodera spp, Pratylenchus spp and Ditylenchus spp
    • Disease complexes involving nematodes and soil borne pathogens
    • Biofumigation of crop pests and diseases
    • Management of diseases caused by Rhizoctonia solani
    • Sustainable/Non-chemical methods of pest and disease management

    Professional Memberships

    Dr Matthew Back is experienced in reviews and evidence syntheses on the management of pests, weeds and pathogens. He has specific expertise in plant nematology and his wider research is concerned with the development of non-chemical crop protection strategies.

    Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

    Tel: +44 (0)1952 815361

    Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

    Twitter: @DrMattBack

    Office: CERC Office 2 Crop and Environment Research Centre (CERC)

    Research profile: ORCID


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    Other publications

    • Back M. (2021) Pine wilt disease - a global threat to forestry. BSPP Pandemic Studies
    • Back MA, Pope TW, Reade JPH (2021) Crop health – responding to pests, weeds and diseases In: Soffe RJ, Lobley M (Eds.) The Agricultural Notebook. John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester. pp 153-179
    • Back MA, Cortada-Gonzalez L, Grove IG, Taylor V. (2018) Field management and control strategies In: Perry RN, Moens M, Jones JT eds. Cyst Nematodes. CAB International, Wallingford.
    • Back MA, Sosnowska D, Holgado R. (2017) Management strategies: Pochonia chlamydosporia and IPM of plant-parasitic nematodes in temperate crops In: Manzanilla Lopez R, Lopez-Llorca L eds. Perspectives in Sustainable Nematode Management Through Pochonia chlamydosporia Applications for Root and Rhizosphere Health. Springer Verlag
    • Ahmed M, Sapp M, Prior T, Karssen G, Back M. (2015) Nematode taxonomy: from morphology to metabarcoding. SOIL Discuss 2:1175-1220
    • Aliki HM, Reade JPH, Back MA. (2015) Effects of concentrations of Brassica napus (L.) water extracts on the germination and growth of weed species. Allelopathy Journal 34(2): 287-298
    • Imathiu S, Edwards S, Ray R, Back M. (2014) Artificial inoculum sources and inoculation techniques commonly used in the investigation of fusarium head blight in cereals Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 49(2): 129-139
    • Watts WDJ, Grove IG, Tomalin GR, Back MA. (2014) Field screening of biofumigant species for the reduction of potato cyst nematodes (Globodera sp.) Aspects of Applied Biology 126: 145-151
    • Reade JPH, Aliki H, Back MA. (2014) Does biofumigation offer a realistic alternative to herbicides for weed management. Aspects of Applied Biology 126: 93-99
    • Back MA, Barker A, Evans KA. (2014) Management of potato cyst nematodes using biofumigation. 5th International Symposium of Biofumigation, Harper Adams University, UK.
    • Ngala BM, Haydock PPJ, Woods S, Back MA. (2014) Biofumigation with Brassica juncea, Eruca sativa and Raphanus sativus for the management of field populations of G. pallida 6th International Symposium of Nematology, Capetown, South Africa
    • Ngala BM, Haydock PPJ, Woods S, Back MA. (2014) Hatching activity of Globodera pallida post exposure to brassica extracts. 5th International Symposium of Biofumigation, Harper Adams University, UK.
    • Back MA. (2014) What are PCN pathotypes? Potato Review November/December
    • Back M.A., Jenkinson P. and Haydock P.P.J. (2002) The effect of granular nematicides on the development of Rhizoctonia solani diseases and their interaction with Globodera rostochiensis on potato. Brighton Crop Protection Conference Pests and Diseases. 2, 777-80.
    • Back M.A., Jenkinson P. and Haydock P.P.J. (2000) The interaction between potato cyst nematodes and Rhizoctonia solani diseases in potatoes. Brighton Crop Protection Conference Pests and Diseases. 1, 503-6.



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