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Netherlands Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 95, Supplement 1, pp 6–17 | Cite as

Johan Dekker, professor of plant pathology at the Wageningen Agricultural University, 1969–1989

  • J. C. Zadoks
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Abstract

Johan Dekker, born 26 november 1925, in's Heerenhoek (on the island Zuid Beveland in the southwest of the Netherlands), grew up in a rural environment and was initiated in all farming practices. He went to grammar school (gymnasium β) during the turbulent years of the Second World War and graduated in 1945. He continued his education at the Wageningen Agricultural University, where he chose Tropical Agronomy as a major and Phytopathology as a minor. The academic studies were interrupted to do military service (1947–1950; reserve officer), which in the unstable post-war period required many years. The then mature student apparently became fascinated with phytopathology, as testifies his undergraduate thesis onRhabdospora ramealis (purple blotch, nowR. ruborum) as the causal agent of a blueberry disease, but he did not forget about his major, vide the literature review on rubber mildew (Oidium heveae) which would have fit in the Annual Review of Phytopathology as to thoroughness and number of references. Did his student work already indicate Dekker's abilities as an editor and review writer?

Samenvatting

Johan Dekker werd geboren op 26 november 1925 en groeide op in een agrarisch milieu. Na zijn gymnasium-opleiding studeerde hij Tropische Landbouw aan de Landbouwhogeschool, met Fytopathologie als bijvak. In 1953 behaalde hij zijn ingenieursdiploma, in 1957 zijn doctorsbul. Zijn gehele carrière speelde zich af binnen wat nu de Vakgroep Fytopathologie heet en was steeds gericht op ‘Interne Therapie’ door middel van chemotherapeutica (w.o. antibiotica) en resistentiebevordering. In 1969 aanvaarde Johan Dekker het ambt van gewoon hoogleraar in de Fytopathologie. Onderwijs en onderzoek kwamen tot grote bloei onder zijn leiding. Hij had de hand in enkele patenten, meer dan 90 publikaties, en meer dan 20 proefschriften. Dekker had grote bestuurlijke belangstelling en vervulde vele bestuursfuncties, universitair, nationaal en internationaal. Zijn bijdragen tot de gewasbescherming zijn internationaal zeer gewaardeerd, zoals blijkt uit drie zeldzame internationaal-wetenschappelijke onderscheidingen. In 1989 werd Johan Dekker benoemd tot ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Zadoks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhytopathologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenthe Netherlands

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