Dr Rosalind McHugh

Potato Pathology Manager

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8931

Email Address

Dr Ros McHugh


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Fungal disease diagnostics
  • Potato tuber diseases
  • Biocontrol of plant pathogens
  • Field trial design and analysis
  • Principal Investigator for AHDB funded project “Alternative approaches for healthy PBTC mini-tuber production (2017-2019)"


  • I became a Potato Pathologist in 2010 and Potato Pathology Manager in 2014. As such, I support the Scottish seed potato industry through managing potato disease diagnostics, research and health monitoring. I also run courses in tuber disease identification for Agricultural Officers and trade delegates.
  • I came to SASA in 2005 as a Research Bacteriologist, investigating the risk posed to the seed potato industry by the brown rot pathogen, Ralstonia solanacearum. Since then I have held a number of posts including GM Officer, developing molecular tests for the identification of GM elements and Horticultural Pathologist, working with quarantine diseases such as Potato Wart and Sudden Oak Death.
  • From 1997, I was based at the School of Agriculture, University of Aberdeen, firstly completing a PhD and then working as a Research Fellow, developing biocontrol systems through laboratory studies and field trials for pathogens such as Botrytis cinerea and Phytophthora infestans. 
  • MSc degree in Crop Protection, University of Aberdeen (1996).
  • BSc (Hons) degree in Horticulture, University of Strathclyde (1995).
McHugh RC, Ventisei HM, A'Hara D.  2016.  Pathogens associated with pit rot in potatoes. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2016.
Saddler GS, Bryan JG, Danial J, Elphinstone JG, McHugh RC, Parkinson NM, van de Graaf P, Winfield MO.  2008.  Potato brown rot: a threat to Scottish seed potatoes? Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2008. :193-198.