Dr Eric Boa

Time of writing: 2017


Eric Boa is an honorary research fellow in the Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, where he originally studied botany and microbiology as an undergraduate. He is also an associate of Agro-Insight, a development consultancy involved in all forms of communication but principally farmer training videos. Following a PhD with Tom Preece at the University of Leeds, he worked in Bangladesh and and Indonesia in the 1980s on, respectively, bamboo and clove diseases, before joining the Natural Resources Institute as a tree crops specialist in 1991.

He left for CABI in 1995, where his interest in plant diseases began to expand, looking at ways to connect science and bring technical knowledge to practical use for smallholder farmers in poor countries. He managed the Global Plant Clinic from 2000 to 2011, before it expanded into Plantwise. Eric lives in London (not Aberdeen) and continues to consult on extension and advisory services, cocoa production in Africa and plant health generally, while remaining closely involved in teaching, writing and publishing of extension material and manuals.

He has been a member of the BSPP from the beginning and has previously served on the board as an elected member. For more details of publications and wider interests, see ResearchGate.