Dr Alexandra Schlenzig

Senior Plant Pathologist,
Team Leader Horticultural Pathology

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8937



Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Diagnosis of horticultural plant diseases using molecular, serological and classical techniques
  • Risk assessments, surveillance planning and outbreak management for quarantine and regulated non-quarantine diseases
  • Developing and evaluating disease testing methods
  • Identification, management and epidemiology of Phytophthora diseases
  • Susceptibility testing for Potato Wart Disease
  • Soft fruit diseases


  • Joined SASA in 2002.
  • 2000-2002: Postdoctoral research scientist, Syngenta Crop Protection, Switzerland. Genotyping of Phytophthora infestans (Potato Late Blight), molecular studies into fungicide resistance of Septoria tritici (Leaf blotch disease on wheat).
  • 1998-2000: Postdoctoral research scientist in Forest Pathology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Development of PCR based detection and identification methods for Phytophthora diseases on forest trees.
  • 1994-1997: PhD project on Phytophthora infestans, Technical University of Munich