An historical record of the R. R. Nelson Memorial Lectures held to date.


2022. Jan van der Wolf, Senior Scientist, Wageningen University & Research. A multifaceted analysis of bacterial blotch diseases of the button mushroom.

2021. Eva Stukenbrock, Professor, University of Kiel. Interspecific hybridization in a fungal pathogen influences transposable element dynamics and shapes genome-wide variation.

2019. Richard W. Michelmore, Director, Genome Center; Novozymes Endowed Chair in Genomics; Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis. Towards more durable disease resistance: so many genomes…. so many genes…. so little time

2018. Dr. Steven E. Lindow, professor and executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Assembly of epiphytic bacterial communities on plants and their interactions with the plant host.

2017. Dr. Brian Staskawicz, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Genome editing strategies for durable disease resistance in agricultural crops.

2016. Dr. Jeffrey B. Jones, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Florida. Insights into variation of Xanthomonas perforans and other xanthomonads using multilocus sequence analysis and whole genome sequencing.

2015. Dr. Sheng-Yang He, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University. Bacterial pathogenesis as a probe of disease and basic plant mechanisms.

2014. Dr. Laurence V. Madden, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University. The costs of plant disease prediction.

2013. Environmental Microbiology Symposium.

2012. Dr. Daniel F. Klessig, Scientist, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University. SOS: Too many mobile signals in systemic acquired resistance? CRT1, a key player in multiple layers of immunity.

2010. Dr. Barbara Valent, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University. Battle inside a rice cell: Effector dynamics during biotrophic invasion by the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae.

2009. Dr. Alan Collmer, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University. Pseudomonas syringae and plants: a relationship built on lethal injections.

2008. Dr. Martin B. Dickman, Director, Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, Dept. of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A & M University. Death be not proud: Modulation of programmed cell death for disease/stress tolerance in plants.

2007. Dr. Jan Leach, Professor, Dept. of Bioagricultural Science and Pest Management, Colorado State University. Approaches to broad-spectrum, desirable plant disease resistance.

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