Sarah Perryman

Scientific Specialist - Ecoinformatics Research Data Manager
Computational and Analytical Sciences
HarpendenScientific Specialist - Plant Pathology
Biointeractions and Crop Protection

I am currently a Curator of the electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA) which provides a permanent managed database for secure storage of Rothamsted's long-term experimental data. I am also a Research Scientist on a TSB-funded project to develop an automatic system for monitoring and detecting crop stresses caused by fungal pathogens and insect pests. Previously I have worked on a EU-funded project to investigate splash dispersal of citrus black spot and a Defra-funded project investigating mycotoxin-producing Fusarium species and related pathogenic fungi in wheat.  I have a diverse scientific background having worked at Rothamsted Research in plant pathology, weed ecology, herbicide resistance as well as insecticide resistance in projects spanning 30 years. My first degree was in Geography specialising in Soils, I have a PhD in Ecotoxicology & Community Ecology and have also worked as a tutor with the Field Studies Council and Environmental Agency. I have a particular interest in embracing the multidisciplinary nature of agricultural science and in the relation between disease effects across different levels of biological structure from cells to population, to community and field scale. As in my current project, I work at all system levels from microbiology, whole plant and field experiments aiming towards an understanding of the relationships between lab based and real farm scale effects.

Additionally, I have a special interest for sharing the skills & knowledge of Rothamsted Research with scientists from developing countries through my role as International Liaison Officer (2007-2011). A particular highlight was knowledge transfer through the organisation of an international workshop in South Africa to showcase the benefits of Rothamsted International-African Fellowships. In this role I was also responsible for website design, data analysis and database management. I am also interested in the effective communication and visualisation of science to the lay community and school children as well as design of publicity material such as posters and newsletters to enhance the public understanding of science.

Works With:
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938501
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ

Journal publications, posters & topic sheets

Moss, S. R., Hull, R. I., Marshall, R. & Perryman, S. A. M. (2014). Changes in the incidence of herbicide-resistant Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in England, based on sampling the same randomly selected fields on two occasions. Aspects of Applied Biology 127, Crop Production in Southern Britain.

Perryman, S A M; Clark, S J; West, J S. (2014). Splash dispersal of Phyllosticta citricarpa conidia from infected citrus fruit. Nature Scientific Reports  Vol. 4   Pages: 6568 

Milne A. E., Glendining M.J., Lark, R.M, Perryman, S.A.M., Gordon, T., Whitmore, A. (submitted 2014). Communicating the uncertainty in estimated greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Atmosphere & Environment.

Castells, N., Glendining, M., Goulding, K., Hawkesford, M., MacDonald, A., Perryman, S., Poulton, P., Rawlings, C., Scott, T., & White, R. (2013). e-RA: The electronic Rothamsted Archive - Historical Data for Novel Issues. Poster presentation Rothamsted Research Day.

Macdonald, A , Scott, T., Marczyova, M., Hall, C., Glendining, M., Perryman,  S., Wiltsher, V., Poulton, P., Rawlings, C.& K. Goulding. (2013). The Rothamsted Long-term Experiments: A National Capability. Poster presentation.

Perryman, S. A. M. & West, J S. (2013). Biocontrol of stem-base infection by mycotoxin-producing Fusarium species by Fusarium equiseti and other fungal antagonists. Aspects of Applied Biology 120, 15-22.

Conway, G., Wilson, E. & Perryman, S. A. M. (2010). European agricultural development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa (website dated May 2010).

Perryman, S. A. M., Gladders, P. & Fitt, B. D. L. (2009). Autumn sowing increases severity of pasmo (Mycosphaerella linicola) in the UK. Annals of Applied Biology 154, 19-32.

Perryman, S. A. M., Fitt, B. D. L. & Gladders, P. (2007). Occurrence and effects of pasmo on winter linseed n the UK, 1998-2000. Aspects of Applied Biology

Moss, S. R,  Perryman, S. A. M. & Tatnell L. V.  (2007). Managing Herbicide-Resistant Black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides): Theory and Practice. Weed Technology, 21, 300-309

Moss, S. R.; Perryman, S. A. M. (2007). The incidence of herbicide-resistant Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in England and its development in relation to past herbicide use. Edited by: Finlay, D.; Davies, K.; Dewar, A.; et al.Conference: Crop protection in Southern Britain, 27-28 February 2007, Peterborough, UK. Aspects of Applied Biology  Issue: 83   Pages: 109-113   Published: 2007.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Moss, S. R. (2007). Survey of herbicide resistant Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in England. Aspects of Applied Biology.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Moss, S. R. (2004). The occurrence of herbicide resistant Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in England. In Abstracts 4th International Weed Science Society Congress, Durban, 19-25 June 2004 4.

Moss, S. R., Storkey, J., Cussans, J. W., Perryman, S. A. M. & Hewitt, M. V. (2004). Symposium: the Broadbalk long-term experiment at Rothamsted: what has it told us about weeds?. Weed Science 52, 864-873.

Jafun, F. B., Perryman, S. A. M. & Moss, S. R. (2003). The response of Echinochloa colona populations from Nigeria to oxadiazon, propanil and pendimethalin. In Proceedings BCPC International Congress - Crop Science and Technology, Glasgow, 10-12 November 2003 870-812.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Moss, S. R. (2003). The 2002 Rothamsted herbicide-resistant black-grass survey: results and implications. In Abstracts Joint ARIA/HGCA Workshop How to Tackle Herbicide Resistance, Broom's Barn, 27 January 2003

Perryman, S. A. M., Fitt, B. D. L. & Harold, J. F. S. (2002). Factors affecting the development of Botrytis cinerea (grey mould) on linseed (Linum usitatissimum ) buds, flowers and capsules. Annals of Applied Biology 140, 1-12.

Perryman, S. A. M., Gladders, P., Barrow, A., Simons, B. & Fitt, B. D. L. (2001). Diseases of winter linseed: occurrence, effects and importance ((HGCA Project Report No. OS50). 77pp. Home-Grown Cereals Authority, London.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Fitt, B. D. L. (2000). Yield responses to control of pasmo (Mycosphaerella linicola) in winter linseed. In Proceedings Brighton Crop Protection Conference- Pests and Diseases, 2000 823-828.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Fitt, B. D. L. (2000). Effects of diseases on the growth and yield of spring linseed (Linum usitatissimum), 1988-1998. Annals of Applied Biology 136, 197-207.

Perryman, S. A. M., Fitt, B. D. L. & Gladders, P. (1999). Effects of diseases on the yield of winter linseed. In Protection and Production of Combinable Break Crops. Aspects of Applied Biology 56, 211-218.

Perryman S A M. (1996). Heavy metals in estuaries: Validation of sensitivity of monitoring methods at differing levels of biological organisation. PhD Thesis, University of Plymouth.

Perryman, S. A. M. & Fitt, B. D. L. (1999). The effects of fungicides on diseases and yields of winter linseed. Oilseeds and Industrial Crops 16(4),

Perryman S A M, Attrill M & Warwick R. (1996). Evaluation of heavy metal contamination effects on estuarine benthic fauna at varying levels of biological organisation. Intersect 1996, Sydney, Australia.

Perryman S A M, Attrill M & Warwick R. (1995). The effect of heavy metal contamination on estuarine benthic fauna at varying levels of biological organisation. Poster presentation at SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry), Plymouth, UK (for which I was awarded the best student prize for my poster and presentation).

Perryman S A M & May A. (1991). An Ecological survey of the grassland, meadows and ponds of Hampstead Heath. Field Studies Council, for the Corporation of London.


Rothamsted International web-based newsletters & reviews:

 African Fellows Programme Newsletter 2008 (

Rothamsted International Newsletters 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 (

Rothamsted International Review for 2003-2006(

Rothamsted International Monthly email bulletins(For example,



PhD in Effects of heavy metal pollution on marine fauna at cell, individual & community levels (University of Plymouth)


MSc in Oceanography (University of Southampton)


BSc in Geography & Biological Sciences (University of Sussex)