BSPP News Spring 2000 - Online Edition

The Newsletter of the British Society for Plant Pathology
Number 36, Spring 2000 

Launch of Molecular Plant Pathology

January saw the launch of Molecular Plant Pathology, a new journal covering all aspects of this rapidly expanding subject. Below, the Editor-in-Chief, Gary Foster, describes the remit of the journal and in the centre pages of this newsletter we list the contents of the first two issues.

Dear Colleague,
I write to welcome you to the new bi-monthly journal Molecular Plant Pathology, published by Blackwell Science in collaboration with the British Society of Plant Pathology.Over the last decade there has been a revolution in molecular plant pathology.  This revolution has injected tremendous excitement into the field and has attracted many new investigators from very different disciplines which have expanded the field, enriched it intellectually, and sharply increased its dynamism and importance.

Molecular Plant Pathology has been set up in order to provide a focus for research on all aspects of the subject.  It aims to provide a high profile vehicle for publication of the most innovative, original and rigorous research in the field.  We are dedicated to minimising the time between submission, review and publication, with the journal providing a quality forum for all molecular plant pathology, with no page charges (other than charges for colour printing).

We welcome submissions from all areas of molecular plant pathology including research on diseases caused by fungi, oomycetes, viruses, nematodes, bacteria, insects, parasitic plants and other organisms. Molecular Plant Pathology is especially interested in manuscripts emphasizing molecular analyses of pathogens, determinants affecting host response to plant pathogens or the interaction of both. In addition to the principal content of full length and short research papers, Molecular Plant Pathology will also include technical advances, along with major and micro reviews on areas of particular interest and importance.  A special regular feature will be Pathogen Profiles, which will provide readers with an up to-date overview on the latest research on a particular pathogen.

The panel of Senior Editors includes a team of leading international experts in molecular plant pathology : Ulla Bonas (Germany), John Draper (UK), Jean Greenberg (USA), Sarah Gurr (UK), Eric Holub (UK), Andrew Jackson (USA), Andrew Maule (UK), Richard Oliver (Denmark), John Ryals (USA).  This panel is supported by an outstanding international Editorial Board, consisting of an excellent mix of old hands and fresh faces.  All of which will ensure that the peer review process of articles are both rigorous and fair.

Volume 1, Issue 1 of Molecular Plant Pathology, published in January 2000, contains 12 papers representing excellent reviews and articles from the 13th John Innes Symposium on "Attack and Defence in Plant Disease" and will undoubtedly get the journal off to a very flying start (see centre pages for contents). I encourage your support of Molecular Plant Pathology as authors of reviews and original research papers.  I have been very gratified by the highly positive responses to this initiative and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.  All the best....

Gary D. Foster, Editor-in-Chief


New Members of BSPP

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

Mr Mathew M Abang, a postgraduate student at the Deutsche Sammlung von Milkoorganismen in Braunschweig, Germany, working on Colleotrichum molecular biology

Miss Dunia Algharabally, a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter, working on the biocontrol of necrotrophic fungal pathogens in wheat and peas

Dr Dawn L Arnold, based at the University of the West of England, Bristol

Mr Matthew A Back, a postgraduate student at Harper Adams University College

Dr Margaret Boulton of the John Innes Centre, Norwich, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Alison Carmichael, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Mr Cesar A M Castillo, a postgraduate student based in Salford.

Dr Pushpalata T Chaure a researcher from the University of Oxford

Dr Marc Cubeta, of VG James research and Extension, North Carolina, USA, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Mr Aipo Diao, a postgraduate student at IACR-Rothamsted, researching the molecular biology of viral pathogens of wheat

Mr Jeremy P R E Dimmock, a postgraduate student at the University of Reading

Mr Thomas Dodd, a postgraduate student at the University of Sheffield

Dr Christine Dolby, from IACR-Brooms Barn

Dr Fiona Doohan, from the Department of Environmental resource Management, University College Dublin

Prof. John Draper, of the University of Aberyswyth, whose interests include molecular biology and resistance

Dr John Elphinstone of the Central Science Laboratory, York, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Angela Feechan, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Prof Dr Maria R Finckh, from the Department of Ecological Plant Protection at The University of Kassel, Germany

Dr Simon Gowen, of the University of Reading, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Prof. Antonio Graniti of the Universita di Bari, Italy, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Ms Janet E Greenfield, a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham

Miss Laura Grenville, a postgraduate student based at HRI Wellesbourne

Dr Helen M Griffiths, from the Plant Pathology Department, Cornell University, USA.

Lorna Hall, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Dr Glynn Harper of the John Innes Centre, Norwich, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Mr Shaukat Hussain, a postgraduate student from the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee

Mrs Susan Irvine, of the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, Edinburgh, whose interests include viral and fungal pathogens of soft fruits and potato

Colin Jeffries, head of the potato quarantine unit at the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency

Miss Hannah Johnson, a postgraduate student at Imperial College

Hardip Kaur, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Mr Heino Konrad, a postgraduate student based in St Michael, Austria

Miss Amy Leathard, a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham, researching the potential biocontrol agent Coniothyrium minitans

Miss Benedicte Lebas, a postgraduate student based at the Pest Management Department, NRI

Ana Maria Q Lopez, based at the Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil, whose interests include biochemistry of pathogen  resistance in a range of crops including cashew

Badaruddin Lund-Baloch, a postgraduate student at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Mr M N Maruthi, a postgraduate student at the Pest  Management Department, NRI

Miss Vasiliki Mavroidis, a postgraduate student at  the University of Reading, researching resistance in necrotrophic  fungal pathogens of cereals

Miss Marian McEwan, of the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, Edinburgh, whose interests include development of quantitative PCR assays for cereal  fungal pathogens

Helen Meakin, an undergraduate bursary  recipient

Dr Michael G Milgroom, of
Cornell University, USA, who is an editor of Plant Pathology

Miss Lisa Newey, a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham

Miss Lucy Nott, a postgraduate student at HRI, Wellesbourne

Russell Palmer, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Stephen Piper, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Kenneth Ross, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Anthony Scott-Tucker, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Juan Segarra, of the University of Lleida, Spain

Elizabeth Sims, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Caroline Smith, an undergraduate bursary recipient

David Thompson, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Prof. Antonio Trapero-Casas, from the Univesidad de Cordoba, Spain, whose interests include the epidemiology of fungal pathogens of olives and forest plants.

Mr Ioannis Vagelas, a postgraduate student at the University of Reading, researching the molecular biology of Fusarium spp and Colleotrichum gloeosporroides

Annabel Whibley, an undergraduate bursary recipient

Mr Xu-Sheng Zhang, a postgraduate student at the NRI


BSPPWeb 2000

It was with some trepidation that I took full control of the BSPP web site before Christmas, as I was following in the cybertracks of Adrian Newton who was the site's original creator and webmanager for three years. Much credit is due to Adrian for bringing the BSPP into the internet age and I hope I will be a worthy successor.

The BSPPWeb still continues to change and develop (as all good web sites should) and has had a graphical overhaul for almost a year now to reflect the new cover of Plant Pathology. Most recently, the cover photographs from the journal now appear at random on the homepage. Another major change to the site is the hosting of the new online journal 'New Disease Reports' ( launched by the BSPP in January this year. Online journals are still somewhat controversial but the web lends itself well to 'NDR' which aims to provide rapid global reporting for new and significant plant disease situations using brief and well illustrated articles. The arrival of NDR however also coincides with the demise of Molecular Plant Pathology Online (MPPOL) which is now resurrected in hard-copy format as Molecular Plant Pathology, also launched by the BSPP in January. However, MPPOL will continue to be available on the BSPPWeb in the new BSPP archives ( The archives also include abstracts from past presidential meetings including the most recent. For the first time, photographs of the meeting highlights are also online thanks to a loan of a digital camera, although trying to take pictures unobserved at the meeting was more difficult than I thought!

I have further plans for BSPPWeb but much of its future success depends on BSPP members. Interesting and changing content is all important so your ideas and contributions are essential. There is much technology to take advantage of. All kinds of graphics, video and audio can now be made available online, so be adventurous - the BSPPWeb could do with some multimedia excitement! BSPPWeb can also provide pages for specialised groups within plant pathology, so if you belong to such an underground society then get in touch and be seen globally - the BSPPWeb can receive up to 2000 hits per day!

Please send any contributions, comments or queries to:

John Clarkson, BSPP Webmanager


Lines on the Retirement of Dr Roy Johnson as Senior Editor of Plant Pathology, 1995-2000

Farewell then,
Dr Roy Johnson,
Plant pathologist and
Master chef.

There is no
Single genetic model
For durable resistance.
That was
Your catchphrase.

Allow sauce bearnaise
To boil.

That was

E.J. Thribb (17th Century)