Imperial College London

Michael J Jeger

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Emeritus Professor of Horticulture



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Home working 13 Brook Street, Bampton, Devon EX16 9LUSilwood ParkSilwood Park






My research interests cover a range of areas in quantitative plant disease epidemiology, especially in relation to plant viruses, tree diseases, trade networks, and plant health policy.

 General reviews 

Jeger MJ, Madden LV, van den Bosch F, 2018, Plant Virus Epidemiology: Applications and Prospects for Mathematical Modeling and Analysis to Improve Understanding and Disease Control, PLANT DISEASE, Vol: 102, Pages: 837-854, ISSN: 0191-2917

Brown N, Inward DJG, Jeger M, Denman Set al., 2015, A review of Agrilus biguttatus in UK forests and its relationship with acute oak decline, FORESTRY, Vol: 88, Pages: 53-63, ISSN: 0015-752X

Denman S, Brown N, Kirk S, Jeger M, Webber Jet al., 2014, A description of the symptoms of Acute Oak Decline in Britain and a comparative review on causes of similar disorders on oak in Europe, FORESTRY, Vol: 87, Pages: 535-551, ISSN: 0015-752X

Jeger MJ, Salama NKG, Shaw MW, van den Berg F, van den Bosch Fet al., 2014, Effects of plant pathogens on population dynamics and community composition in grassland ecosystems: two case studies, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY, Vol: 138, Pages: 513-527, ISSN: 0929-1873

Pautasso M, Jeger MJ, 2014, Network epidemiology and plant trade networks, AOB PLANTS, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2041-2851

Jeger M, Chen Z, Cunningham E, Martin G, Powell Get al., 2012, Population biology and epidemiology of plant virus epidemics: from tripartite to tritrophic interactions, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY, Vol: 133, Pages: 3-23, ISSN: 0929-1873

Pautasso M, Doering TF, Garbelotto M, Pellis L, Jeger MJet al., 2012, Impacts of climate change on plant diseases-opinions and trends, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY, Vol: 133, Pages: 295-313, ISSN: 0929-1873

Mills P, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Ilbery B, Jeger M, Jones G, Little R, MacLeod A, Parker S, Pautasso M, Pietravalle S, Maye.  Integrating natural and social science perspectives on plant disease risk, management and policy formulation., Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011, Vol:366, Pages:2035-2044 

Wilkinson K, Grant WP, Green LE, Hunter S, Jeger MJ, Lowe P, Medley GF, Mills P, Phillipson J, Poppy GM, Waage J. Infectious diseases of animals and plants: an interdisciplinary approach., Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011, Vol:366, Pages:1933-1942 

Xu X-M, Jeffries P, Pautasso M, Jeger MJet al., 2011, Combined Use of Biocontrol Agents to Manage Plant Diseases in Theory and Practice, PHYTOPATHOLOGY, Vol: 101, Pages: 1024-1031, ISSN: 0031-949X

Dehnen-Schmutz K, Holdenrieder O, Jeger MJ, Pautasso Met al., 2010, Structural change in the international horticultural industry: Some implications for plant health, SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE, Vol: 125, Pages: 1-15, ISSN: 0304-4238

MacLeod A, Pautasso M, Jeger MJ, Haines-Young Ret al., 2010, Evolution of the international regulation of plant pests and challenges for future plant health, FOOD SECURITY, Vol: 2, Pages: 49-70, ISSN: 1876-4517 

Pautasso M, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Holdenrieder O, Pietravalle S, Salama N, Jeger MJ, Lange E, Hehl-Lange Set al., 2010, Plant health and global change - some implications for landscape management, BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, Vol: 85, Pages: 729-755, ISSN: 1464-7931

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Jeger MJ, 2022, The impact of climate change on disease in wild plant populations and communities, Plant Pathology, Vol:71, ISSN:0032-0862, Pages:111-130

Cunniffe NJ, Taylor NP, Hamelin FM, et al., 2021, Epidemiological and ecological consequences of virus manipulation of host and vector in plant virus transmission., PLOS Computational Biology, Vol:17, ISSN:1553-734X, Pages:1-41

Jeger MJ, 2020, The epidemiology of plant virus disease: towards a new synthesis, Plants, Vol:9, ISSN:2223-7747

Allen LJS, Bokil VA, Cunniffe NJ, et al., 2019, Modelling vector transmission and epidemiology of co-infecting plant viruses, Viruses-Basel, Vol:11, ISSN:1999-4915

Hamelin FM, Allen LJS, Bokil VA, et al., 2019, Coinfections by noninteracting pathogens are not independent and require new tests of interaction, PLOS Biology, Vol:17, ISSN:1544-9173

Bokil VA, Allen LJS, Jeger MJ, et al., 2019, Optimal control of a vectored plant disease model for a crop with continuous replanting, Journal of Biological Dynamics, Vol:13, ISSN:1751-3758, Pages:325-353

Jeger MJ, Madden LV, van den Bosch F, 2018, Plant virus epidemiology: applications and prospects for mathematical modelling and analysis to improve understanding and disease control, Plant Disease, ISSN:0191-2917

Hilker FM, Allen LJS, Bokil VA, et al., 2017, Modeling Virus Coinfection to Inform Management of Maize Lethal Necrosis in Kenya, Phytopathology, Vol:107, ISSN:0031-949X, Pages:1095-1108

Thomas-Sharma S, Andrade-Piedra J, Carvajal Yepes M, et al., 2017, A Risk Assessment Framework for Seed Degeneration: Informing an Integrated Seed Health Strategy for Vegetatively Propagated Crops, Phytopathology, Vol:107, ISSN:0031-949X, Pages:1123-1135

Van den Bosch F, Jeger MJ, 2017, The basic reproduction number of vector-borne plant virus epidemics, Virus Research, Vol:241, ISSN:0168-1702, Pages:196-202

Hamelin FM, Hilker FM, Sun TA, et al., 2017, The evolution of parasitic and mutualistic plant-virus symbioses through transmission-virulence trade-offs., Virus Research, Vol:241, ISSN:0168-1702, Pages:77-87

Brown N, Jeger M, Kirk S, et al., 2017, Acute Oak Decline and Agrilus biguttatus: The Co-Occurrence of Stem Bleeding and D-Shaped Emergence Holes in Great Britain, Forests, Vol:8, ISSN:1999-4907

Hamelin FM, Allen LJS, Prendeville HR, et al., 2016, The evolution of plant virus transmission pathways, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol:396, ISSN:1095-8541, Pages:75-89

Brown N, Jeger M, Kirk S, et al., 2015, Spatial and temporal patterns in symptom expression within eight woodlands affected by Acute Oak Decline, Forest Ecology and Management, Vol:360, ISSN:0378-1127, Pages:97-109

Jeger MJ, Xu X-M, 2015, Modelling the dynamics of a plant pathogen and a biological control agent in relation to flowering pattern and populations present on leaves, Ecological Modelling, Vol:313, ISSN:0304-3800, Pages:13-28

Jeger MJ, van den Bosch F, McRoberts N, 2015, Modelling transmission characteristics and epidemic development of the tospovirus-thrip interaction, Arthropod-Plant Interactions, Vol:9, ISSN:1872-8855, Pages:107-120

Xu X-M, Jeger MJ, 2013, Theoretical Modeling Suggests that Synergy May Result from Combined Use of Two Biocontrol Agents for Controlling Foliar Pathogens Under Spatial Heterogeneous Conditions, Phytopathology, Vol:103, ISSN:0031-949X, Pages:768-775

Salama NKG, Van den Bosch F, Edwards GR, et al., 2012, Population dynamics of a non-cultivated biennial plant Tragopogon pratensis infected by the autoecious demicyclic rust fungus Puccinia hysterium, Fungal Ecology, Vol:5, ISSN:1754-5048, Pages:530-542

Moslonka-Lefebvre M, Harwood T, Jeger MJ, et al., 2012, SIS along a continuum (SISc) epidemiological modelling and control of diseases on directed trade networks, Mathematical Biosciences, Vol:236, ISSN:0025-5564, Pages:44-52

Xu X-M, Jeffries P, Pautasso M, et al., 2011, Combined Use of Biocontrol Agents to Manage Plant Diseases in Theory and Practice, Phytopathology, Vol:101, ISSN:0031-949X, Pages:1024-1031

Jeger MJ, Chen Z, Powell G, et al., 2011, Interactions in a host plant-virus-vector-parasitoid system: Modelling the consequences for virus transmission and disease dynamics, Virus Research, Vol:159, ISSN:0168-1702, Pages:183-193

Moslonka-Lefebvre M, Finley A, Dorigatti I, et al., 2011, Networks in plant epidemiology: from genes to landscapes, countries, and continents, Phytopathology, Vol:101, ISSN:1943-7684, Pages:392-403

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