BSPP News Summer 2002 - Online Edition

The Newsletter of the British Society for Plant Pathology
Number 42, Summer 2002 

Senior Editor for New Disease Reports required 

New Disease Reports are incorporated in Plant Pathology, are well-established internationally and have run successfullyfor 3 years.

 The current Senior Editor, Dr Claire Sansford, stands down from this interesting post at the end of 2002 and BSPP needs to identify a replacement in good time to take over from Claire in January 2003.

 The new Senior Editor will be responsible for managing  submissions, expected to be approximately 80 per year. Duties involve initial sifting of papers for their suitability and authenticity; dissemination to one of the 13 strong Editorial Board; tracking and chasing report progress; final editing of papers approved by the Editor and submission to the Webmanager and Senior Editor of Plant Pathology for publication. The successful applicant will need to have an eye for detail, a meticulous approach and a diligent nature.

 If you are interested, please contact Claire Sansford for further details.


New Members

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

Miss Lisa Allen, a postgraduate student from SASA, working on the molecular biology of fungal diseases of potato.

Mr Richard Amey, a postgraduate student from the University of Bristol, who is interested in molecular mycology.

Mr Khairul Ansari, a postgraduate student at the national University of Ireland, working on fungal diseases of wheat, corn and rice.

Mrs Evelyn Aremu, from the Tottori University Faculty of Agriculture, Japan, whose interests include the biocontrol of root and fruit crop pathogens.

Dr William Bodles, from the University of Aberdeen, who is interested in root and damping-off fungal pathogens of trees. 

Dr Maike Both from Imperial College, London, whose interests include powdery mildew in barley.

Dr Roy Browne, from University College Dublin, who is interested in fungal diseases of rice.

Miss Claire Burns, a postgraduate student at the University of Bristol whose interests include molecular biology and mycology.

Mr Shreeram Chakravarthy, a postgraduate student at the University of Hyderbad, India, whose interests include fungal diseases of sorghum, tobacco and pulses.

Dr Gerald Clover from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in New Zealand, whose interests include research on plant viruses and mycoplasmas. 

Miss Claire Ellerbrook, a postgraduate student at the John Innes centre, working on yellow rust resistance in wheat.

Ms Najat El-Garani, a postgraduate student from the University of the West of England, working on the physiology of fungal and bacterial diseases of vegetables.

Mrs Rasha El-Kassas,  a postgraduate student from University College London, working on necrotrophic fungi pathogenic on faba bean.

Miss Victoria Evans from Bedfordshire, whose interests include the molecular biology of biotrophic fungi pathogenic on cereals.

Dr Bart Fraaije from IACR-Rothamstead whose interests include diagnostics and resistance of Septoria in wheat and barley.

Dr Sally Francis from IACR-Brooms Barn, interested in fungal diseases of sugarbeet and barley.

Miss Eleanor Gilroy, a postgraduate student from the University of Edinburgh, working on genetics of phytopthora in potato.

Mr S. Gopalakrishnan, a postgraduate student from University College London, working on resistance of pulses to root pathogens.

Dr Wafaa Haggag from the National Research Centre in Egypt.

Dr David Henman from IACR-Rothamstead and whose interests include the epidemiology of Rhynchosporium in wheat.

Ms Caroline Herron, a postgraduate student from the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus centre, working on the molecular biology of citrus viral diseases.

Dr Mohamed Hossain, from the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, whose interests include Phytopthora in potato.

Mr Hemaprasad Narra, a postgraduate student from the University of Reading.

Dr Alan Inman from CSL, whose interests include diagnostics for mycoplasma-like organisms from temperate soft fruit.

Dr Levente Kiss from the Plant Protection Institute Hungarian Academy Sciences, whose interests include rust and powdery mildew in a wide range of crops.

Dr Hannah Jones from The Eden Project, Cornwall, whose interests include powdery mildew.

Miss Anna-Lisa Laine, a postgraduate student from the University of Finland, who is working on the population biology of  powdery mildew in wild plants and weeds.

Dr Carlos Lopez-Herrera from the University of Sustainable Agriculture in Spain, who has research interests in biocontrol of Phytopthora.

Dr Ruth Mann from STRI, whose interests include the use of fungicides on turf grass for treatment of diseases caused by Fusarium.

Dr Michael Mattey from the University of Strathclyde, whose interests include Phytopthora pathogenic on vegetable crops.

Mr Muang Myint from the Yezin Agricultural University, Mynmar, whose interests include fungal diseases of sugarcane, potato and rubber.

Miss Kerry Maguire, a postgraduate student at IACR-Rothamstead working on molecular biology of eyespot.

Ms Carolyn Nisbet, from SASA whose interests include molecular biology of viral diseases of potato.

Miss Emma Nightingale, a postgraduate student from the University of Warwick, working on biocontrol of fungal pathogens of vegetable crops.

Mr Scott Phillips, a student from the University of Reading, working on potato blight.

Dr Siriporn Ponsupasamit from Mae Jo University, Thailand, whose interests include Phytopthora in potato.

Dr Karin Posthuma from the Netherlands, whose interests include viral and fungal diseases of lettuce.

Miss Charlotte Reeve, a postgraduate student from the University of Bristol, working on  the molecular biology of Septoria, Botrytis and damping-off species.

Miss Caroline Rixon, a student from the University of Plymouth, working on diseases of faba bean.

Mr John Scrace, from the Netherlands, who does private consultations for use of fungicides and diagnostics on a wide range of vegetable and ornamental species.

Mrs Ruth Soloman-Blackburn from SCRI, whose interests include fungal and viral diseases of potato.

Prof. Pietr Stainislaw Jerzy from the Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Poland, whose interests include Fusarium pathogenic on temperate soft fruit.

Mrs Julie Steed from IACR-Rothamstead, whose interests include the epidemiology of fungal pathogens in oil seed rape.

Mrs Jennifer Stewart from SCRI, whose interests include the molecular biology of  Erwinia spp. pathogenic in potato.

Mr John Takan, a postgraduate student from HRI, working on diseases of cotton, flax, jute, and sisal.

Mr Stephen Tisdell, from Birmingham, who is interested in oil, root and vegetable crops. 

Dr Claudia Toscano-Underwood from IACR-Rothamstead, whose interests include the epidemiology of Leptosphaeria maculans in oil seed rape.

Mr David Townley, a postgraduate student  from the University of Reading, working on root pathogens of vegetable crops.

Prof Thomas Whitaker from North Carolina University, whose interests include the post-harvest pathology of fruit diseases.

Miss Ruth Wilson, a postgraduate student from  Harper Adams University College, working on diagnostics of root pathogens in cereals.

Dr Tony Wilson from the John Innes Centre, whose interests include the molecular biology of Fusarium in wheat.

Dr Rebecca Wyand from the John Innes Centre, whose interests include Septoria and powdery mildew in wheat and barley.

Dr Aline Van Maanen from University College Dublin, Ireland, whose interests include molecular biology of fungal diseases of wheat and coniferous trees.

Prof Andreas Von Tiedeman from the Institute of Plant Pathology and Protection, Germany, whose interests include fungicide control of fungal diseases in wheat, barley and oil seed rape.


Forthcoming BSPP Conferences

Presidential Meeting 2002

The revised programme for the BSPP Presidential meeting on 'Plant Pathology and Global Food Security' is on pages 22 and 23 of this issue. The meeting will be held at Imperial College, London from 8th-10th July. We look forward to welcoming you at Imperial College in July. 

Molecular Biology of Fungal Pathogens XIII
Gregynog, Wales, 17-19 July 2002

The annual MBFP conference is an informal and supportive setting in which PhD students and post-docs can discuss current progress in the molecular biology of fungal/oomycete pathogens of plants. PhD students are particularly encouraged to participate either by presenting a 20 minute talk during the main session or a 10 minute talk in one of several concurrent discussion groups. The hope is that all students and post-docs attending will offer something, even if just to outline their research project or to talk about work in progress. There are about 100 places which will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Register your participation by completing and e-mailing the Registration form (http://www.bio.ic.ac.uk/events/meetings/2002/mbfp/). 

Joint Meeting of the Scottish Microbiology Society and the 
British Society for Plant Pathology: Plant Microbe Interactions

A one day meeting of offered papers in the general area of plant-microbe interactions. Contributions from PhD students and younger researchers are especially encouraged. 
The meeting will be held at the University of Paisley on Wednesday 4th September 2002 and is sponsored by the BSPP. Registration is free.
For further information contact Dr J Eastgate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Paisley, Paisley PA1 2BE. E-mail east-bs0@paisley.ac.uk.
 

Presidential meeting 2003

Planning is well underway for the 2003 Presidential meeting, for which the president will be Professor John Lucas. The theme will be 'Plant-Pathogen Genomics from Sequence to Application'. The likely venue for the meeting will be the University of Nottingham, between 15th and 18th December 2003. Further details will follow in due course.

Presidential meeting 2004

Planning is also underway for the 2004 Presidential meeting, for which the president will be Professor Stuart Wale. The theme of the conference will be how discoveries in plant pathology are developed and ultimately turned into practical advice, with the provisional title: 'Discovery, Development and Delivery in Plant Pathology'. There is a possibility that this meeting will also be the 7th Conference of the European Foundation of Plant Pathology. The likely venue is Aberdeen in December 2004.