I joined CABI in 2012, and was initially involved in sourcing and validating content for the Plantwise Knowledge Bank. I later became more involved in the delivery of content and the collection and management of data within Plantwise, and managed some small related digital development projects. From 2019-2020, I led the Knowledge and Data work package under CABI’s Flagship Invasive species programme, Action on Invasives, coordinating the enhancement of digital tools and supporting data for the detection and management of invasive species.
I am currently a Global Team Leader in CABI’s PlantwisePlus programme, focusing on developing digital advisory tools for agricultural service providers to improve knowledge and uptake of climate-smart plant health practices.
The global cost of invasive species is estimated at US$1.4 trillion per year – close to 5% of global gross domestic product. Invasives disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in poor rural areas, especially in developing countries which depend on natural resources, healthy ecosystems, trade and tourism for their livelihoods.
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 is the lead partner in three main work strands namely: Novel control discovery and implementation, Collection of biotic crop pests, and Horizon scanning and international development.