William Kay

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College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences

I am currently working as a PhD candidate, studying in the laboratory of Professor Sarah Gurr. I work on plant defence mechanisms, paying specific attention to priming the natural defences of wheat in order to reduce losses to globally important diseases.

I previously completed an MSc in 'Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture' from the University of Exeter in 2013 where I finished top of my class also receiving a Dean’s Commendation. During this course I completed a project surrounding the plant growth promoting abilities of the soil borne fungal genus Trichoderma. I have also been awarded a BSc First Class in Biology from the University of Bath (2012) as well as a BSPP (The British Society for Plant Pathology) funded summer internship in 2012.

Out of the lab I am also the BSPP web manager. In my free time I like to cook and, when the weather is better, go camper vanning!