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FITOvol uniquely combines…



We integrate best-in-class, cross-disciplinary research that benefits from Durham University’s state-of-the-art analytical capabilities. 

We work at the interface of nature, science and technology to develop novel and impactful tools and methodologies for crop protection through the early detection and diagnosis of plant stress.



We recognise opportunities to address current unmet needs and identify novel technology platforms to unlock new dimensions for  precision farming. 


Dr. Elena Lurie-Luke


Elena is a recognised expert in life sciences product innovation with extensive technical, strategic business development experience. Proven leadership experience in both global FMCG and public health sector environments: 23 Years at Procter and Gamble, Head of Global Life Sciences Open Innovation, CEO of academic spin outs, ARCTEC at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and CEO Vecotech Ltd, Professor-in-Practice at Durham University.


Prof. Keith Lindsey

Keith is Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at Durham University, with research expertise in plant growth, development and responses to environmental stresses. He has been a member the governing Council for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; the UK Government Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE); and President and Chair of Council of the Society for Experimental Biology. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed research articles. 

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