MATTHEW PEILL, MSc
Matthew is re-joining Perennia as a molecular biologist on a term position. Previously, Matthew worked at Perennia on term as a horticulture specialist, where he acted as both the small fruit and vegetable specialist. Matthew grew up in the Annapolis Valley and has a family background in farming and agricultural science.
Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University (2016), and recently completed his Master’s of Science in Biology at Acadia University (2021). His master’s work focused on strawberry aphids and their role as the primary vector of strawberry decline disease associated viruses. As a horticulture specialist at Perennia Matthew worked with small fruit and vegetables producers throughout Nova Scotia addressing production issues. From both his education and previous work with Perennia, Matthew has gained extensive experience with a wide variety of horticultural crops, as well as with plant viruses in field and laboratory settings.
Matthew will be working in Perennia’s Plant Health Lab, based out of Acadia University’s David Huestis Innovation Pavilion in Wolfville. His primary role will be to perform molecular testing for plant pathogens, as well as support Perennia’s Horticulture Team in extension activities and projects.