Neil has a background in plant virology and molecular biology and in recent years has focused on the application of post-genomic technologies to enable rapid decision making in the agri-food supply chain. This includes the development of field and automated technologies to provide end users with data enabling them to make timely and effective management decisions. In addition, the use of next generation sequencing for detection and characterisation of the causal agents of disease and virus discovery through to investigating the impact microbial communities have in modulating disease symptoms and severity.