The purpose of the BCPC Diseases Working Group is to provide a forum for discussion on plant health issues, relevant new legislation, new developments and research. The group organises an annual review for an invited audience, the first review was held in December 2014. It also acts as a lobby to influence potential funding for crop protection and to provide expert opinion to inform policy makers.

The 8th Annual BCPC Diseases Review – Changing Challenges and Changing tools for Integrated Crop Management – will be held 19 October 2022, at the Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB, Cambridge. 

The 7th Annual BCPC Diseases Review was held as a virtual event. Details of the programme and speaker presentations from the event can be found here 


"Crop health protection research cannot be considered in isolation. Along with researchers, innovation needs regulators, educators, inspectors, advisors and practitioners to provide training, skills and knowledge exchange. The BCPC Diseases Review provides an excellent forum to discuss key issues." Prof. Ian Crute - AHDB

Current membership of the group is

Name Company Email address Additional information
Mike Ashworth (chairman) Corteva
Jon West (secretary) Rothamsted Research
Andrew Flind BASF
Charlotte Nellist NIAB
Liz Beal RHS
Fiona Burnett SRUC and FRAG
Marion Self AICC
David Howard AIC
Jason Tatnell Syngenta
Robert Lockhart NFU
Alan Horgan    
Jo O'Leary-Quinn CRD
  CRD – For liaison purposes
Kerry Maguire Bayer
David Ellerton BCPC
Faye Ritchie ADAS