Jenna Ross  -  Riding the slime wave: Gathering global data to enhance slug control in the UK

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society

My name is Jenna Ross and I am 32 years old. I was brought up on a mixed farm in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, and am the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of farmers, on both my mum and my dad’s side.  From a young age, I formed an interest in nature, and after completing my First Class Honours degree at Robert Gordon University, I went onto study a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen. This was a BBSRC scholarship, funded by Becker Underwood (now BASF), and focused on improving the production efficiency of their biological molluscicide products, as well as developing new international retail markets in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. On completion of my PhD, I worked as a project manager for Becker Underwood as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership, before going onto work for Bioforsk.  From there, I secured a grant through Stellenbosch University and the University of Aberdeen, to work on developing new biocontrol agents for molluscs in South Africa.  I am truly passionate about my work, and am determined to find an effective way of controlling mollusc pests.

In addition to my research, I have worked closely with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Tanzania, to educate local farmers on the identification of plant diseases, and the appropriate use of chemical pesticides.  I have also published a number of peer review journal articles and book chapters, and have worked as a freelance scientific journalist.  I am in the process of completing a distance learning MBA, and am due to graduate at the end of 2017. 

Out with work, I enjoy playing the piano, highland dancing, hill walking, keeping fit, charity work and meeting new people.

I would like to record my thanks to the staff at the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, and to my sponsors, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board Cereals and Oilseeds, for their support.

I would also like to thank my husband, Scott Gilbert, for his continual support.