Adrian Newton

Adrian Newton

The James Hutton Institute

Adrian Newton has over 35 years of experience of crop research, particularly plant pathology, focusing mainly on cereal diseases, particularly on barley.

His main research themes are:

1) Pathogen ecology and mechanisms of rhynchosporium resistance in barley,

2) Analysing epidemics, pathogen spatial trends and local competition effects in heterogeneous vegetation (mixtures / blends / intercropping);

3) Resistance elicitors in crop protection;

4) Adaptation to climate change in plant pathology; and

5) Integrated Pest Management and assessment of sustainability.

He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers as well as many other publications. Current interests focus on sustainable cropping systems including the role of soil cultivation in IPM, and on intercropping. More details at:

Building diversity and soil health for sustainable cropping systems

Agricology Discussion Tent

This talk will give an overview of research at the James Hutton Institute and in an EU project DIVERSify to develop innovative cropping approaches for agricultural sustainability. It will report research to improve overall biodiversity (e.g. intercropping, variety mixtures, management of non-crop components) and soil cultivation (e.g. direct drilling, reduced  chemical inputs) and assess their […]