Ploidy in Actinidia and creation of new type of kiwifruit
Ross Ferguson：Professor, Elected Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand
Jinhu Wu：Principal Scientist, New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research
Elicitors and biological control agents for control of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidia (Psa)
Joel Vanneste：Principal Scientist, New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research
Dr Ross Ferguson
Dr Ross Ferguson is now retired after an active career in research on kiwifruit. He has visited China many times over the past 40 years, has cooperated with Chinese scientists and has a good knowledge of the Chinese kiwifruit industry. He has published a series of reviews and chapters which are used widely as starting material for studies on kiwifruit. He is a member of The Royal Society of New Zealand (New Zealand’s academy of science), of the International Society for Horticultural Science, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science and is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is currently a visiting professor at Zhejiang A&F University in Hangzhou.
Dr Jinhu Wu
Dr Jinhu Wu is trained in horticultural science, mainly in fruit crop science in genetics, breeding and pomology. He has been working in large areas of a few fruit crops, mainly citrus and kiwifruit. For the last twenty years he has concentrated mainly on kiwifruit. He has developed a program to use in vitro culture biotechnologies to innovate and create new germplasm for Actinidia genomics studies and kiwifruit breeding. He has evaluate all of the artificial genotypes of Actinidia to compare with their progenitors and other commercial cultivars. Combination of this work with traditional breeding should result in new, novel types of kiwifruit. He is also interested and has some research in other areas of fruit crop physiology, crop cultivation and environmental protection. He has a good knowledge of the Chinese kiwifruit industry having visited China numerous times in the last few years and maintains contacts with Chinese colleagues.
Dr Joel Vanneste
Dr Vanneste is a principle scientist of microbiologist specialising on plant pathology in the New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research where he has nearly worked for 30 years. He has concentrated on the bacterial diseases of fruit crops such as fire blight of pear and apples, and Psa of kiwifruit et al. The current focus of his research is on understanding the taxonomy, ecology and epidemiology of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidia (Psa) and developing novel ways to control this pathogen. He is also involved in an international effort in controlling Psa, collaborating with several laboratories in Europe and in Asia on gene expression in Psa in response to environmental factors and on gene expression in kiwifruit plants in response to treatments and presence of Psa. In addition, he is studying the development of copper resistance in Pseudomonas syringae and the consequences of copper resistance in the development of control methods for Psa.
Before working on Psa, he studied the fire blight pathogen (Erwinia amylovora), trying to understand the interactions between the pathogen and the host plant which lead to symptom expression, and trying to find ways of controlling this disease. He developed a biological control agent which has been on the market in New Zealand for the last 10 years and is being registered in Europe. He also worked the genetic basis of streptomycin and copper resistance in different plant pathogenic bacteria.