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Scottish company Higgins-Gi. (Personalia).

In an on-going quest for the ultimate healthy, high yield potato, Scottish company Higgins-Gi (tel: 01302 770591), has added to the Research and Development team by employing a graduate microbiologist to facilitate in house disease testing on all its commercial seed stocks. Higgins-Gi is the seed division of The Higgins Group, based in Finningley, Yorkshire. During 2003, Joanna Cockburn, a BSc Honours Graduate in Microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, will work in the newly extended and equipped disease testing laboratory. Her role will be to develop a unique testing service available only from HGl. This service is based upon Polymerase Chalo Reaction (PCR) testing for a number of potato pathogens. This technique was successfully developed over a three year period by a project to which Hgi, through their technical and seed production contribution, have sole access. The first stage of Joanna's research will concentrate on the Blackleg pathogen, quicldy followed by four other pathogens, fusarium spp (dry rot), pythium (watery rot), phytophthora erythroseptica (pink rot) and phoma foveta (gangrene).
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Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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