About

Plant Health Solutions was established in 2004 and is based in Warwickshire, UK (the Heart of England). It is owned by Dr. Steven Roberts, originally operating as a sole trader, the business was incorporated in October 2010.

Steve has over 25 years experience as an applied plant pathologist, microbiologist and horticultural scientist. Most of his career has been spent at Horticulture Research International in the UK, leading a team carrying out applied and strategic research in agriculture and horticulture. He now works independently, providing research, consultancy, testing, and diagnostic services for a range of clients. He has a BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (the UK qualification for crop protection advisors) and is a Member of the BASIS Professional Register.

He was awarded a first class B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Agricultural Science (crops) and conducted research for his Ph.D. on Bacterial diseases of woody ornamental plants at The University of Leeds, UK. After a brief period at Rothamsted Experimental Station working on an overseas project on novel diagnostic methods, he moved to HRI in 1987.

Perhaps best known for his expertise on bacterial plant pathogens and seed health testing, Steve's research has covered a range of crops and pathogens with topics including: taxonomy and identification, aetiology, quantitative epidemiology, resistance breeding and genetics, seed pathology, pesticide degradation, shelf-life and food safety. Crops have included: brassicas, legumes (peas and beans), lettuce, salad crops, onions, tomatoes, perennials, hardy nursery stock (HNS), apples, cherries. He has produced over 100 publications and has regularly been invited to speak at grower meetings, national and international scientific conferences.

Dr. Roberts was, for many years, an active member of the International Seed Testing Association - Seed Health Committee, is a member of the BCPC seed treatment working group, an editor of New Disease Reports for the British Society of Plant Pathology, and a member of the American Phytopathological Society and the Society for Applied Microbiology.

Insurance

You can be assured that Plant Health Solutions has an appropriate level of liability and indemnitiy insurance. View our policy details here.

Company No. and VAT

Our Company No. is 7401046 and our VAT No. is GB 928 9500 92