Robert Saville

Crop protection scientist


Robert joined AHDB in January 2020 and has worked in applied research for the fruit industry for seven years. The first five of these years were supported through the AHDB (then HDC) fellowship programme and he then subsequently spent a year working for a commercial company.  

Following the completion of hi PhD in cereal pathology at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, Robert worked at East Malling Research where he developed a research programme specialising in tree fruit pathology and post-harvest storage, which funded by AHDB and other organisations. His research background and extensive experience of the industry provided a good fit with the role at AHDB in which he oversees research on behalf of the industry.

Robert’s role involves ensuring that AHDB’s research projects address the main priorities of the crop groups which he oversees, namely protected edibles and mushrooms. He is also responsible for ensuring that the projects he oversees deliver outputs that can be applied in the industry, and together with knowledge exchange colleagues, ensuring these are communicated to the levy payer. Consequently, he interacts with the levy payers and the researchers who are delivering the research projects while also keeping abreast of research developments nationally and internationally. In terms of his role, Robert values the applied research aspects as the outputs are so tangible and finds seeing the application of AHDB research in the industry very satisfying.

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