Lecture: Rust never sleeps:the impact and control of plant diseases

22 February 2018

This public lecture is an associate event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2018.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates two thirds of the world’s population are either underfed or starving, and plant diseases play a major role in food shortages. Global loss of crops due to plant disease is conservatively estimated to be between 10 and 30 percent.

Professor Robert Park will outline the magnitude of damage caused by cereal rust diseases, the implications of their rampant spread and what needs to be done to control them.

Professor Robert Park

Professor Robert Park completed a PhD in plant pathology at La Trobe University in 1984 and has over 30 years’ research experience in the pathology and genetics of cereal rust diseases.

In 1995, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research award in Germany, and in 2010, a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to the USA. In recognition of his extensive work in China, he was awarded the Friendship Award of China in 2009 – the highest honour the Chinese Government bestows on foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China. He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences in 2013, and the Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of NSW in 2015. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2015.

Robert holds the Judith and David Coffey Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney. He is Director of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, a world leader in seeking genetic solutions to plant diseases. He has worked extensively in international agriculture and has published two books and more than 150 scholarly research papers.

Event details

Lecture: Rust never sleeps:the impact and control of plant diseases

Where New Law School Lecture Theatre 024,Law School Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney
NSW 2006

22 February 2018

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