Fungi spread easily over the world and are a danger to agriculture; mutations and resistance to fungicides increase the risks of big outbreaks of disease. Professor Pedro Crous warned of the risks during his inaugural lecture last week as chair of Evolutionary phytopathology.
Crous comes from South Africa, where there is already much expertise on crop diseases. He has worked at the Universities of Orange Free State and Pretoria, as well as the Central Office for Fungus Cultures in Utrecht. He sees opportunities within Wageningen UR and its partner organisations, especially given the expertise in molecular and DNA techniques. / HB