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Ian completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1984 and took a position as a lecturer in Plant Biochemistry in the Botany Department. In 1989 he was awarded a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship which took him to the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK where he worked on starch metabolism. On returning to CSIRO he worked with Dr Simon Robinson on the genetic control of browning reactions in horticultural crops. In 1992, he moved into a team working on the development of strategies for resistance of crop species against geminiviruses. In 1997, he formed a molecular plant pathology group focused on molecular strategies to improve the resistance of grapevines to fungal and oomycete pathogens with particular emphasis on powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot. His group were the first in the world to develop mildew-resistant transgenic winegrapes by transferring powdery mildew and downy mildew resistance genes from a wild North American grape species into existing premium winegrape cultivars.

Current Roles

  • Team leader
    Grapevine pathology

Academic Qualifications

  • 1981

    B. Ag. Science (Hons 1st)
    University of Adelaide

  • 1984

    Ph. D. (Plant Biochemistry)
    University of Adelaide

Professional Experiences

  • 1984-1987

    Lecturer (Plant Biochemistr)
    Botany Dept. University of Adelaide

  • 1989-1991

    CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow
    John Innes Institute/CSIRO Horticulture


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