Improved surveillance and diagnostic systems are essential in responding to the threat of crop diseases. We have developed a new pathogen surveillance technique called “field pathogenomics” that can be readily applied to these difficult pathogens. The method uses new gene sequencing technology to assess the population structure of pathogens directly from infected field samples. Working closely with the UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS) we use complementary expertise in genotyping and phenotyping methods to track the spread of pathogen strains on a global scale and determine which wheat varieties are under threat by particular strains. For more information please click HERE.