Dr Geoff Petch


Environmental and Atmospheric Science Research Technician

Support Staff (Technicians)

Contact Details

email: g.petch@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5200

Academic History
PhD Biological Sciences (University of Birmingham, 1999)
MPhil (Eng) Chemical Engineering (University of Birmingham, 1989)
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology (Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham 1984)

Departmental Responsibilities
Responsible for the establishment and maintenance of field experiments, and weather logging and air sampler systems at remote sites.

Current research involvement
Detection and diagnosis of airborne foliar pathogens for disease forecasting in field vegetable crops. Detection and diagnosis of soilborne clubroot disease in vegetable brassicas.

Key Publications

HUNTER, P.J., PETCH, G.M., CALVO-BADO, L.A., PETTITT, T.R., PARSONS, N., MORGAN, J.A.W. and WHIPPS, J.M. (2006). Differences in microbial activity and microbial populations of peat associated with suppression of damping-off disease caused by Pythium sylvaticum. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72, 6452-6460.

CALVO-BADO, L.A., PETCH, G., PARSONS, N.R., MORGAN, J.A.W., PETTITT, T.R. and WHIPPS, J.M. (2006). Microbial community responses associated with the development of oomycete plant pathogens on tomato roots in soilless growing systems. Journal of Applied Microbiology 100, 1194-1207.

WHITE, J.G., PETCH, G.M. and WANG, P H. (1998). Detection of Pythium by serological and molecular methods. Phytoparasitica 26, 265-266.

WHITE, J.G., LYONS, N.F. and PETCH, G.M. (1996). Development of a commercial diagnostic test for the pathogens which cause cavity spot of carrot. Diagnostics in Crop Production BCPC Monograph No. 65, 343-348.

BUJALSKI, W., NIENOW, A.W., PETCH, G.M. and GRAY, D. (1991). Scale-up studies for osmotic priming and drying of carrot seeds. Journal of agricultural Engineering Research 48, 287-302.

PETCH, G.M., MAUDE, R.B. and WHITE, J.G. (1991). Effect of film-coat layering of metalaxyl on the germination of carrot seeds, their emergence and the control of cavity spot. Crop Protection 10, 117-120