I have over 35 years experience with CABI, supporting its research, advisory and industrial work in mycology. Initially working with the taxonomic services, I later became involved in photography, light microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. As no organisation devoted to this specialised technique existed at that time, I founded the ‘Cryo-microscopy Group’ in the 1980s, and it continues to have regular meetings.
As a natural progression from photography, I became involved in graphic design, including the upkeep of our CABI web pages when they were in their infancy. In addition, this role entailed providing graphics, design and logistical support for displays at conferences, shows and exhibitions. In 2006 I joined the Environmental & Industrial Laboratory, providing mycological expertise to a wide and increasing portfolio of customers in the food, health and environmental industries. My role includes site visits, identification of samples, providing remediation advice and writing customers’ reports.
Scientists at our centre in Egham carry out scientific research, international development projects and microbial services. Over the years its work has supported hundreds of projects and reached thousands of farmers in countries across the world.