Plant Breeding & Field Team

The James Hutton Limited plant breeding and field team consists of our breeders, who tend to specialise in a particular genus, and a small team that support the breeders on a daily basis.

Dorota is our expert in Ribes which includes blackcurrant and gooseberry and also in blueberry and haksap (honeyberry).  Nikki is our authority on Rubus which includes raspberry and blackberry, supported by Lynne.  Nikki and Lynne undertake the breeding programme for James Hutton Limited's raspberry breeding consortium.  Vanessa and Drummond both work on commercial potato breeding programmes supported by Derek and Keith. 

All of the plant and field team work alongside estates staff from the James Hutton Institute in fields, glasshouses and poly tunnels to plan and execute breeding programmes and trials for commercial customers. They also rely on James Hutton Institute and James Hutton Limited scientific staff and projects to ensure that breeding programmes remain in keeping with the latest findings and innovations. 

Plant Breeding & Field Team

Dr Dorota Jarret
Soft Fruit Breeder
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Nikki Jennings
Soft Fruit Breeder
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Vanessa Young
Head of Molecular Diagnostics Unit/Potato Breeder
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Drummond Todd
Potato Breeder
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Lynne Ferguson
Lynne Ferguson
Senior Breeding Assistant
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Derek Coyle
Derek Coyle
Commercial Field Officer
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Keith Scott
Keith Scott
Field & Glasshouse Assistant (Potatoes)
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