, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1-5
Date: 16 Dec 2008

Plant breeding for disease resistance in the age of effectors

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Richard Peter Oliver born in the United Kingdom in 1958. Prof. of Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Murdoch U., Australia, and Director of the Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP). BSc (1979) and PhD (1982) in Biochemistry from the U. of Bristol, UK, with a thesis focussing on the enzyme protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase. EMBO fellow at the Carlsberg Laboratory (Denmark) with Prof. Diter von Wettstein researching the molecular biology of the barley plastid genome 1982–84. Lectureship at the U. of East Anglia was his first introduction to plant pathology and he concentrated on developing molecular tools for fungal pathogens (especially Cladosporium fulvum) and researching disease resistance in Arabidopsis to fungal pathogens, such as powdery mildew (1984–96). Returned to the Carlsberg Laboratory as Prof. and Head of the Physiology Dept. and continued research on C. fulvum as well as developing genomic tools for barley powdery mildew (1996–2000 ...