BSPP News Autumn 1998 - Online Edition

The Newsletter of the British Society for Plant Pathology
Number 33, Autumn 1998

New Members of BSPP

We warmly welcome the following new members, who have recently joined BSPP.

Mr Saad KT Al-Jomely, a postgraduate student at Mosul University in Iraq.

Dr Sabine Banniza, a research scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, whose interests include epidemiology of fungal pathogens in grain legumes.

Mr Stuart A Barr-Hamilton, a postgraduate student at the John Innes centre, working on viral genetics.

Dr Richard H Binks, based in Reading.

Mr Peter W Coles, a postgraduate student at the University of Leeds.

Mr James Crighton of SAC Auchincruive, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Mr Neil C Glynn, a postgraduate student at Harper Adams, researching molecular biology of necrotrophic pathogens of cereals.

Mr Yuanhuai Han, a postgraduate student at the School of Biology and Biochemistry at Bath University.

Mr Gregory J Hilton a cereals agronomist at NIAB.

Miss Eve M Hindley, a postgraduate student at Nottingham University, working on necrotrophic fungal pathogens in cereals.

Dr Keith A Holmes, a mycologist from SCRI, Dundee.

Dr Laurent Huber, a bioclimato-logist at INRA-Grignon, France

Miss Sara L Hughes a postgraduate student at HRI Wellesbourne, working on fungal pathogens of rice and maize.

Miss Hannah Jones, a postgraduate student at Oxford University, working on the molecular biology of powdery mildews.

Dr Gerrit H K Kema, who is based at IPO in Wageningen, The Netherlands, working on fungal diseases of cereals.

Ms Catherine A Keniry, a postgraduate student at Cambridge University, working on the molecular biology of leaf spot fungal pathogen in oil seed rape.

Mr Stephen Kissane from the University of Birmingham, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Dr Thorsten Kraska, from Bonn University in Germany.

Lesley Ann Lunn of the University of Hertfordshire, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Catherine MacDonald from SAC Aberdeen, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Monica Maksymiak of the University of Hertfordshire, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Gemma Priddey, of the University of Oxford, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Ms Kim Reilly, a postgraduate at the University of Bath, working on post-harvest pathology in cassava.

Miss Maria X. Rodriguez, a postgraduate student at the University of Bath.

Ms Marion K Seier, from CABI

Miss Nadine A Seveno, a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

Mr Graden M B Smith from PBI Cambridge

Dr Terry M Stewart, based at the Institute of Natural Resources, New Zealand

Miss Eftihia Tsomlexoglu, a postgraduate at Aberdeen University, working on Bacillus biocontrol systems for protection against Botrytis cinerea.

Ann-Marie Tulloch of the University of Nottingham, a recipient of a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary.

Dr Philip Wharton, based at Purdue University, USA.

Dr Paul M Wood from the Department of Biochemistry at Bristol University.


BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries

Eight bursaries were awarded by BSPP this year, to give undergraduate students practical experience of working in plant pathology.

Each student awarded a BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary carries out a project for eight to ten weeks. They are given a grant of £150 per week, plus a year's free membership of BSPP. BSPP's Council would like to encourage more potential supervisors to submit applications for these bursaries for summer 1999. Details of the scheme can be found on the BSPP's web site.

Bursaries for the summer vacation 1998 were awarded to the following students:

James Crighton, of the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, working with Dr Ruairidh Bain on "Light-induced bio-control of potato blackleg";

Nuria Garcia-Flor, of the University of Hertfordshire, working with Dr Peter Scott at CAB International on "Applications of information technology in plant pathology: distribution mapping";

Stephen Kissane of the University of Birmingham, working with Dr Dez Barbara and Dr Nicola Spence at Horticultural Research International, on "Development of rapid, reliable diagnostic methods for the detection of chrysanthemum stunt viroid (CSVd) and chrysanthemum chlorotic mottle viroid (CMMVd)";

Lesley Ann Lunn of the University of Hertfordshire, working with Dr Roger Hadyn Williams at IACR-Rothamsted, on "Modification of a polymerase chain reaction-based assay for detection of ascospores of the oilseed rape pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans";

Catherine McDonald, of the Scottish Agricultural College, Aberdeen, working with Dr Robert Clayton on "Black dot of potato tubers: a histological and biochemical study of infection and symptom development";

Monica Maksymiak, of the University of Hertfordshire, working with Dr Avice Hall on "An investigation into the prospects for using Cyathus species as a biocontrol agent for Leptosphaeria maculans on rape";

Gemma Priddey, of the University of Birmingham, working with Dr Jon Green on "Localisation and expression of a biotrophy-related fungal proline-rich in Colletotrichum";

Ann-Marie Tulloch, of the University of Nottingham, working with Dr Matt Dickinson on "Changing climate and potential impacts on yield and quality in potato (CHIP)".