EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS - Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Research Interests

The overarching theme of our group is to understand fundamental questions in plant-pathology in sufficient detail to deliver routes to control. We primarily focus on plant-parasitic nematodes because: i) they are a threat to food security in developed and developing countries, and ii) underlying this threat is a wealth of fascinating biology that until very recently has been largely unexplorable. Over the last year, we have been building low-cost custom 3D-printed imaging hardware powered by a RaspberryPi computer for the high-throughput phenotyping of pathogen-infected roots. These new capabilities have revolutionised our genetic studies of these pathogens. We have a general interest in bespoke hardware/robotics that enable research. Those interested should feel free to get in contact.

Read more about Sebastian on his University of Cambridge profile here.