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Alan Buddie Senior Molecular Microbiologist (and Biochemist)

T: +44(0) 1491 829065


CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom


PhD in fungal systematics ‘Systematics of Colletotrichum pathogens associated with strawberry plants’, BSc in Microbiology/Microbial Genetics. CBiol. MRSB.

I have worked for CABI for over 20 years, specializing in applied microbiology and molecular biology of fungi, bacteria and nematodes (including systematics, phylogenetics, biomics, DNA extraction techniques & PCR methodology). I am a taxonomic specialist for fungi (including moulds, yeasts and oomycetes) and bacteria within CABI’s ISO17025-accredited microbial identification service.

My career has seen me gain significant experience in microbial population dynamics & genomic variability whilst also providing capabilities in biochemical techniques (including chromatographic methods, mycotoxin screening and data analysis).

My current role requires me to undertake planning of cost-effective sample flow within an accredited system; generate and analyse relevant data and deliver appropriate molecular characterization of samples for identification and screening; enable knowledge transfer to colleagues through mentoring and specific training exercises. 

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

MIRRI: improving access to microbial resources, services and data

Microorganisms are vital natural resources for biotechnology; they help advance human health, improve food security and provide innovative solutions to research and development. The European microbial landscape is fragmented and resources or data are hard to find. The Microbial Resource Research...
  1. Ribeiro, A., Patrícia Machado, A., Kozakiewicz, Z., Ryan M.J., Luke B., Buddie, A.G., Venâncio, A, Lima, N. & Kelley, J. (2006) Fungi in Bottled water: A case study of a production plant. Revista Iberoamericana de Micología 23(3), 139-144
  2. Smith, D. & Ryan, M.J., Buddie, A.G. (2004). Fungi as a source of natural products In: Microbial Genetic Resources and Biodiscovery (eds Kurtboke I & Swings, J.). pp 108-132. National Library of Australia. ISBN 0646440489
  3. Bridge, P., Buddie, A.G. and Ryan, M. (2001). Characterisation and Screening Methods. In: The UKNCC Biological Resource: Properties, Maintenance and Management (eds. D. Smith, M. Ryan & J. Day). pp. 134-156.
  4. García Muñoz, J.A., Suárez, M.B., Grondona, I., Monte, E., Buddie, A.G., Bridge, P.D. and Cannon, P.F. (2000). A physiological and biochemical approach to the systematics of Colletotrichum species pathogenic to strawberry. Mycologia 92, 488-498.
  5. Buddie, A.G., Martínez-Culebras, P., Bridge, P.D., García, M.D., Querol, A., Cannon, P.F. and Monte, E. (1999). Molecular characterization of Colletotrichum strains derived from strawberry. Mycological Research 103, 385-394
  6. Buddie, A.G., Crozier, J., Rutherford, M.A., Flood, J. & Bridge, P.D. (2015). Population development within the coffee wilt pathogen Gibberella xylarioides reflects host-related divergence. European Journal of Plant Pathology 142, 291–304.

  7. Ryan, M.J., Kasulyte-Creasey, D., Kermode, A. Phue San, S. & Buddie, A.G. (2014). Controlled rate cooling of fungi using a Stirling cycle freezer. CryoLetters 35, 63-69

  8. Cannon, P.F., Buddie, A.G., Bridge, P.D., de Neergaard, E., Lübeck, M. and Askar, M. (2012). Lectera, a new genus of the Plectosphaerellaceae for the legume pathogen Volutella colletotrichoides. MycoKeys doi: 10.3897/mycokeys.3.3065.

  9. Tailliez, P., Pagès, S., Edgington, S., Tymo, L.M. and Buddie, A.G. (2011). Description of Xenorhabdus magdalenensis sp. nov., the symbiotic bacterium associated with Steinernema australe. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol ijs.0.034322-0; published ahead of print September 23, 2011, doi:10.1099/ijs.0.034322-0 

  10. Edgington, S., Buddie, A.G., Moore, D., France, A, Merino, L. and Hunt, D.J. (2010). Heterorhabditis atacamensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Heterorhabditidae), a new entomopathogenic nematode from the Atacama Desert, Chile. Journal of Helminthology 85, 381-394.

  11. Buddie, A.G., Bridge, P.D., Kelley, J. and Ryan, M.J. (2010). Candida keroseneae sp. nov., a novel contaminant of aviation kerosene. Letters in Applied Microbiology 52, 70-75.