Graduating in 1940 with a degree from University College London, Moore went on to work as a pathologist at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in Harpenden as a voluntary assistant. Later on in 1945, Moore received a PhD from the University of London on her work of storage diseases of potatoes. In 1949, Moore became Head of the Plant Disease Assessment Section. In 1973, Moore obtained a senior position being a part of the newly formed Chief Scientist's Group at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries headquarters in London. This is where she managed state funded research on arable crops and plant sciences. In 1981, Moore was appointed an OBE. Moore was also an active member to the Association of Applied Biologists, the Institute of Biology, and the British Mycological Society, and outside work was a keen gardener. She became president of the British Mycological Society in 1978.
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