Professor Ploetz is a world authority on tropical plant diseases, especially those of tropical fruit. He has edited four books and written several hundred book chapters, journal articles and other technical publications. He has travelled to over 60 countries to research these problems, advise projects, stakeholders and students, and to speak at international conferences. He is interviewed frequently by national and international television, radio, online and print media on the impact and status of these problems, especially on the threat posed by tropical race 4 (which he discovered in Taiwan in 1989). Randy has played an active, international role in the American Phytopathological Society (APS), serving as a board member and Director of the APS Office of International Programs, and as an APS representative for the International Society of Plant Pathology. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of APS Press and chair of the APS Publications Board. He received the APS Excellence in International Service Award in 2008, the University of Florida Research Foundation award in 2011, and the APS Fellow Award in 2016.
Why are you excited about participating in ABIC2017?
I look forward to seeing how Australia is dealing with tropical race 4, hearing about new banana research, and renewing ties with friends and colleagues from Australia and other countries.