Dr Ian Dry

Dr Ian Dry

Dr Ian Dry: fighting grapevine disease

Dr Ian Dry is leading research into grapevine disease resistance.

  • 3 May 2010 | Updated 10 January 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Current activities

Dr Ian Dry leads research into developing molecular strategies to improve the genetic resistance of horticultural crops to fungal pathogens.

The main research focus of his research is on fungal pathogens important for viticultural production i.e. powdery & downy mildew and Botrytis cinerea.

His current research activities include the map-based cloning and functional characterisation of powdery mildew and downy mildew resistance genes from a wild American grape species.

Research work includes both crop species, for example, grapevine, tomato and model plant species such as Arabidopsis and tobacco.

Dr Ian Dry leads research into developing molecular strategies to improve the genetic resistance of horticultural crops to fungal pathogens.

Background

Dr Dry studied agricultural science with an emphasis on plant biochemistry.

He completed his doctorate on the metabolic regulation of the photorespiratory pathway before accepting a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK on starch metabolism.

He returned to CSIRO Plant Industry to work initially on polyphenol oxidase genes and then moved into the plant pathology area to work on the cloning and functional characterisation of pathogenic geminiviruses.

In 1997, Dr Dry was asked to develop a research group focussing on molecular fungal pathology of horticultural crops.

Academic qualifications

Dr Dry graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, in 1981.

He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the same university in 1984.

See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Dry on the next page.