Interim Director appointed

Professor Richard Falloon has been appointed Interim Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre, a role which involves overseeing the Centre's strategic direction, science leadership and research management. He has been a Deputy Director of the Centre since 2005.

Prof Falloon, who is also employed by Plant and Food Research, has held several research management positions in New Zealand government research institutions. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Plant Pathology, and Past President of both the NZ Plant Protection Society and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and a Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society.

Former Director, Prof Alison Stewart stepped down at the end of 2011 and was appointed as Lincoln University's first Distinguished Professor at that time. She remains with the Centre at Lincoln University as a researcher and project leader of the Trichoderma biological control group, focusing on product development and commercialisation.