As part of his research into identifying powdery mildew species Oliver Ellingham, a Royal Horticultural Society PhD student at the University of Reading is running a citizen science scheme. By receiving mildewed samples from participants around the UK he aims to increase our understanding of powdery mildew distribution. This harmful plant disease saps nutrients from its hosts which are often important horticultural and agricultural plants.
Last year the scheme received 353 samples, double that of its first year: 94% were identified to genus level, and 79% to species level. In two years Oliver has seen 90 of the 150 mildews recorded in the UK, 60% of the total species.
Oliver hopes to expand this great database of mildews in 2016 by continuing collection through citizen science and outlines the process here.
For more information please see the blog: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/crg/powdery-mildew-survey-2016/ "
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