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Roger Jones

Professor Roger Jones

Research Professor
School of Plant Biology

Contact details
Address
School of Plant Biology
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
9368 3269 / 6488 1484
Email
roger.jones@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
MA Camb., PhD St And.
Biography

(i)PhD awarded 39 years ago
(ii) In 1970-1972 employed in plant virology in a medical school at Birmingham University, UK with limited facilities for research on plants which detracted from research opportunities. In 1973, unemployed for 4 months, and employed in a non research position at Oxford University, UK for 3 months before taking up a research position in South America. In 2000-2003, significant non-research administrative responsibilities as Section Manager, Plant Pathology, DAFWA significantly restricted research outputs.
(iii) During 2006-2010, I have been free of significant non-research responsibilities. In 2010, obtained a Research Professorship at UWA enhancing prospects for research over those at DAFWA.
POSTGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
1966-69Potato Marketing Board Research Studentship in the Virology Section, Scottish Horticultural Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, under the supervision of Dr B.D. Harrison.
1969-72Research Fellow in the Virology Department, University of Birmingham, England, on Agricultural Research Council grant to Professor P. Wildy.
1973-75Post Doctorate Virologist in the Pathology Department of the International Potato Center, Lima, Peru.
EMPLOYMENT
1975-78Coordinator in Virology, International Potato Center.
1979-1983Head of Virology Section, MAFF Harpenden Laboratory.
1984-1986Head of the Research and Development group in the Virology Branch formed by combination of MAFF Cambridge and Harpenden Virology Sections.
1986-1990Plant Virologist for Western Australia.
1992-1999Leader Crop Disease Program, Co-operative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture, Western Australia.
2000-2003Section Manager, Plant Pathology, Department of Agriculture for Western Australia
2004-2010 Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
2005-2011Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
2010- Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
Key research
RESEARCH THEMES
•Discovering and describing new viruses
•Aetiology
•Vector transmission of soil-borne, aphid-borne and contact-transmitted viruses
•Seed transmission
•Ecology and epidemiology
•Identifying virus resistance sources and characterising virus resistances
•Resistance-breaking strains
•Developing, cultural and chemical control measures and integrated virus disease management approaches
•Researching viruses of potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, grain and pasture legumes, oilseeds, cereals and vegetables
•Improving virus detection procedures and conducting large-scale surveys
•Quantifying yield losses through large-scale field experimentation
Publications
Refereed publications 2005-2010

Refereed journal articles
1.*Coutts, B.A and Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Incidence and distribution of viruses infecting cucurbit crops in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56, 847-858. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 8).
2.Coutts, B.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Suppressing spread of Tomato spotted wilt virus by drenching infected source or healthy recipient plants with neonicotinoid insecticides to control thrips vectors. Annals of Applied Biology 146, 95-103. (Impact Factor = 1.7; Half life = >10 years; Citations 9).
3.*Dietzgen, R.G., Twin, J., Talty, J., Selladurai, S, Caroll, M.L., Coutts, B.A., Berryman D.I. and Jones, RAC. (2005) Genetic variability of Tomato spotted wilt virus in Australia and validation of real time RT-PCR for its detection in single and bulked leaf samples. Annals of Applied Biology 146, 517-530. (Impact Factor = 1.7; Half life = >10 years; Citations 3).
4.*Hawkes, J.R. and Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Incidence and distribution of Barley yellow dwarf virus and Cereal yellow dwarf virus in over-summering grasses in a Mediterranean-type environment. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56, 257-270. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 9).
5.*Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Patterns of spread of two non-persistently aphid-borne viruses in lupin stands under four different infection scenarios. Annals of Applied Biology 146, 337-350. (Impact Factor = 1.7; Half life = >10 years; Citations 15).
6.*Jones, R.A.C., Coutts, B.A., Mackie A.E. and Dwyer G.I. (2005). Seed transmission of Wheat streak mosaic virus shown unequivocally in wheat. Plant Disease 89, 1048-1050. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 14).
7.Jones, R.A.C. and Sharman, M. (2005). Capsicum chlorosis virus infecting Capsicum annuum in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 34, 397-399. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 3).
8.*Jones, R.A.C. and Smith, L.J. (2005) Inheritance of hypersensitive resistance to Bean yellow mosaic virus in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius) Annals of Applied Biology 146, 539-543. (Impact Factor = 1.7; Half life = >10 years; Citations 4).
9.*Jones, R.A.C., Smith, L.J., Gajda, B.E. and Latham, L.J. (2005). Patterns of spread of Carrot virus Y in carrot plantings and validation of control measures. Annals of Applied Biology 147, 57-67. (Impact Factor = 1.7; Half life = >10 years; Citations 4).
10.*Jones, R.A.C., Smith, L.J., Gadja, B.E., Smith, T.N. and Latham, L.J. (2005). Further studies on Carrot virus Y: hosts, symptomatology, search for resistance, and tests for seed transmissibility. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56, 859-868. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 2).
11.Saqib, M., Jones, R.A.C., Cayford B., Jones, M.G.K. (2005). First report of Bean common mosaic virus in Western Australia. Plant Pathology 54, 563. (Impact Factor = 2.4; Half life = 8.1 years; Citations 2).
12.Tairo, F., Mukasa, S.B., Jones, R.A.C., Kullaya, A., Rubaihayo, P.R. and Valkonen, J.P.T. (2005). Unravelling the genetic diversity of the three main viruses involved in Sweet Potato Virus Disease (SPVD), and its practical implications. Molecular Plant Pathology 6, 199-211. (Impact Factor = 3.4; Half life = 4.6 years; Citations 22).
13.*Thackray, D.J., Ward, L.T., Thomas-Carroll, M.L., Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Role of winter-active aphids spreading Barley yellow dwarf virus in decreasing wheat yields in a Mediterranean-type environment. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56, 1089-1099. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 8).
14.*Coutts, B.A., Hawkes, J. R. and Jones, R.A.C. (2006). Occurrence of Beet western yellows virus and its aphid vectors in over-summering broad-leafed weeds and volunteer crop plants in the grainbelt region of south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 57, 975-982. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 5).
15.Cooper, J.I. and Jones, R.A.C. (2006). Wild plants and viruses; an under-investigated ecosystem. Advances in Virus Research 67, 1-47. (Impact Factor = 5.6; Half life = 6.9 years; Citations 12).
16.*Jones, R.A.C. (2006). Control of plant virus diseases. Advances in Virus Research 67, 205-244. (Impact Factor = 5.6; Half life = 6.9 years; Citations 11).
17.*Jones, R.A.C., Smith, L.J., Smith, T.N. and Latham, L.J. (2006). Relative abilities of different aphid species to act as vectors of Carrot virus Y. Australasian Plant Pathology 35, 23-27. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 0).
18.Saqib, M., Jones, M.G.K. and Jones, R.A.C. (2006). ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma australiense’ is associated with diseases of red clover and paddy melon in south-west Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 35, 283-285. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 2).
19.Smith, T.N., Jones, R.A.C. and Wylie, S.J. (2006) Genetic Diversity of the nucleocapsid gene of Iris yellow spot virus. Australasian Plant Pathology 35, 359-362. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 4).
20.Smith, T.N., Wylie, S.J. and Coutts, B.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2006). Localized distribution of Iris yellow spot virus within leeks and its reliable large-scale detection. Plant Disease 90, 729-733. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 7).
21.Tairo, F., Jones, R.A.C., and Valkonen, J.P.T. (2006). Phytoplasma from little leaf disease affected sweetpotato in Western Australia: detection and phylogeny. Annals of Applied Biology 149, 9-14. (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = >10 years; Citations 2).
22.Tairo, F., Jones, R.A.C., and Valkonen, J.P.T. (2006). Potyvirus complexes in sweet potato: occurrence in Australia, serological and molecular resolution and analysis of the Sweet potato virus 2 (SPV2) component. Plant Disease 90, 1120-1128. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 8).
23.*Coutts, B.A., Walsh, J.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2007). Evaluation of resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Australian Brassica napus genotypes. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58, 67-74. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 1).
24.Dwyer, G.I., Gibbs, M.J., Gibbs, A.J., and Jones, R.A.C. (2007). Wheat streak mosaic virus in Australia: relationship to isolates from the Pacific Northwest of the USA and its dispersion via seed transmission. Plant Disease 91, 164-170. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 13).
25.Jones, R.A.C., Coutts, B.A., and Hawkes, J.R. (2007). Yield-limiting potential of Beet western yellows virus in Brassica napus. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58, 788-801. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 5).
26.Jones, R.A.C., and Dwyer, G. I. (2007). Detection of Sweet potato chlorotic fleck virus and Sweet potato feathery mottle virus - strain O in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 36, 591-594. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 2).
27.O’Keefe, D.C., Berryman, D.I., Coutts, B.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2007). Lack of seed coat contamination with Cucumber mosaic virus in lupin permits reliable large-scale detection of seed transmission in seed samples. Plant Disease 91, 504-508. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 3).
28.Rännäli, M. Czekaj, V., Jones, R.A.C., Fletcher, J.D., Davis, R.I., Mu, L., Dwyer, G.I., Coutts, B.A., Valkonen, J.P.T. (2008). Molecular genetic characterization of Sweet potato virus G (SPVG) isolates from areas of the Pacific Ocean and southern Africa. Plant Disease 92, 1313-1320. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 4).
29.Webster, C.G., Coutts, B.A., Jones, R.A.C., Jones, M.G.K. and Wylie, S.J. (2007). Virus impact at the interface of an ancient ecosystem and a recent agroecosystem: studies on three legume-infecting potyviruses in the South West Australian Floristic Region. Plant Pathology 56, 729-742. (Impact Factor = 2.4; Half life = 8.1 years; Citations 12).
30.Coutts, B.A., Hammond, N.E.B., Kehoe, M.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2008). Finding Wheat streak mosaic virus in south-west Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 59, 836-843. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 3).
31.*Coutts, B.A., Strickland, G.R., Kehoe, M.A., Severtson, D.L. and Jones, R.A.C. (2008). The epidemiology of Wheat streak mosaic virus in Australia: case histories, gradients, mite vectors, and alternative hosts. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 59, 844-853. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 5).
32.*Coutts, B.A., Prince, R.T., Jones, R.A.C. (2008). Further studies on Pea seed-borne mosaic virus in cool-season crop legumes: responses to infection and seed quality defects. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 59, 1130-1145. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 1).
33.*Jones, R.A.C., Coutts, B.A., Latham, L.J. and McKirdy, S.J. (2008). Cucumber mosaic virus infection of chickpea stands: temporal and spatial patterns of spread and yield-limiting potential. Plant Pathology 57, 842-853. (Impact Factor = 2.4; Half life = 8.1 years; Citations 2).
34.*Jones, R.A.C., Pearce, R.M., Prince, R.T. and Coutts, B.A. (2008). Natural resistance to Alfalfa mosaic virus in different lupin species. Australasian Plant Pathology 37, 112-116. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 1).
35.*Singh, R.P., Valkonen, J.P.T., Gray, S.M., Boonham, N., Jones, R.A.C., Kerlan, C. and Schubert, J. (2008). Discussion paper: The naming of Potato virus Y strains infecting potato. Archives of Virology 153, 1-13. (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = 8.5; Citations 21).
36.*Wylie, S.J., Coutts, B.A., Jones, M.G.K., and Jones, R.A.C. (2008). Phylogenetic analysis of Bean yellow mosaic virus isolates from four continents: relationship between the seven groups found and their hosts and origins. Plant Disease 92, 1596-1603. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 6).
37.*Coutts, B.A., Prince, R.T. and Jones, R.A.C. (2009). Quantifying the effects of seed-borne virus inoculum on virus spread, yield losses and seed infection in the Pea seed-borne mosaic virus - field pea pathosystem. Phytopathology 10, 1156-1167. (Impact Factor = 2.2; Half life = >10 years; Citations 0).
38.*Jones, R.A.C. (2009). Plant virus emergence and evolution: origins, new encounter scenarios, factors driving emergence, effects of changing world conditions, and prospects for control. Virus Research 141, 113-130. (Impact Factor = 2.6; Half life = 5.3; Citations 9).
39.*Maling, T., Diggle, A.J., Thackray, D.J., Siddique, K.H.M. and Jones, R.A.C. (2008). An epidemiological model for externally sourced vector-borne viruses applied to Bean yellow mosaic virus in lupin crops in a Mediterranean-type environment. Phytopathology 98, 1280-1290. (Impact Factor = 2.2; Half life = >10 years; Citations 2).
40.Mortimer-Jones, S.M, Jones, M.G.K., Jones, R.A.C., Thomson, G., and Dwyer, G.I. (2009). A single tube, quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay that detects four potato viruses simultaneously. Journal of Virological Methods 161, 289-296. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = 5.5 years; Citations 0).
41.*Pappu, H.R., Jones, R.A.C., Jain, R.K. (2009). Global status of tospovirus epidemics in diverse cropping systems: successes achieved and challenges ahead. Virus Research 141, 219-236. (Impact Factor = 2.6; Half life = 5.3; Citations 8).
42.*Rännäli, M., Czekaj, V., Jones, R.A.C., Fletcher, J.D., Mu, L., Davis, R.I., and Valkonen, J.P.T. (2009). Molecular characterization of Sweet potato feathery mottle virus (SPFMV) isolates from Easter Island, French Polynesia, New Zealand and southern Africa. Plant Disease 93, 933-939. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 3).
43.*Saqib M., Ellwood, S.R., Jones, R.A.C., and Jones M.G.K. (2009) Resistance to Subterranean clover mottle virus in Medicago truncatula and genetic mapping of a resistance locus. Crop and Pasture Science 60, 480-489. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 0).
44.*Thackray, D.J., Diggle, A.J. and Jones, R.A.C. (2009). BYDV Predictor: a simulation model to predict aphid arrival, epidemics of Barley yellow dwarf virus and yield losses in wheat crops in a Mediterranean-type environment. Plant Pathology 58, 186- 202. (Impact Factor = 2.4; Half life = 8.1 years; Citations 8).
45.Wylie, S.J., Jones, R.A.C. (2009). Role of recombination in the evolution of host specialization in within Bean yellow mosaic virus. Phytopathology 99, 512-518. (Impact Factor = 2.2; Half life = >10 years; Citations 4).
46.*Coutts, B.A., Webster, C.G. and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Control of Beet western yellows virus in Brassica napus crops: infection resistance in Australian genotypes and effectiveness of imidacloprid seed dressing. Crop and Pasture Science 61, 321-330. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 0).
47.*Cox, B.A., and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Genetic variability of the coat protein gene of Potato virus S and distinguishing its biologically distinct strains. Archives of Virology 155, 1163-1169. (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = 8.5 years; Citations 0).
48.*Cox, B.A., and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Genetic variability of the coat protein gene of Potato virus X, and the current relationship between phylogenetic placement and resistance groupings. Archives of Virology 155, 1349-1356. (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = 8.5 years; Citations 0).
49.Saqib, M., Nouri, S, Cayford, B., Jones, R.A.C. and Jones, M.G. K. (2010). Genome sequences of Bean common mosaic virus from Australia and their relationship to sequences from other continents. Australasian Plant Pathology 39, 184-191. (Impact Factor = 0.9; Half life = 5.7 years; Citations 0).
50.*Jones, R, A. C., Salam, M. U., Maling, T., Diggle, A. J., Thackray D. J. (2010). Principles of predicting epidemics of plant virus disease. Annual Review of Phytopathology 48, 179-203. (Impact Factor = 11.2; Half life = >10 years; Citations 0).
51.*Kehoe, M.A., Coutts, B.A. and Jones R.A.C. (2010). Reactions of diverse genotypes of three mustard species to inoculation with Turnip mosaic virus. Plant Disease (pre-published on line). (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 0).
52.Maccarone, L.D., Barbetti, M.J., Sivasithamparam K. and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Molecular genetic characterization of Olpidium virulentus isolates associated with big-vein diseased lettuce plants. Plant Disease 94, 563-569. (Impact Factor = 2.1; Half life = >10 years; Citations 1).
53.Maccarone, L.D., Barbetti, M.J., Sivasithamparam K. and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Comparison of the coat protein genes of Lettuce big-vein associated virus isolates from Australia with those of isolates from other continents. Archives of Virology 155, 765-770. (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = 8.5 years; Citations 1).
54.Maccarone, L.D., Barbetti, M.J., Sivasithamparam K. and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). Comparison of the coat protein genes of Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus isolates from Australia with those of isolates from other continents. Archives of Virology . (Impact Factor = 1.9; Half life = 8.5 years; Citations 0).
55.*Maling, T., Diggle, A.J., Thackray, D.J., Siddique, K.H.M. and Jones, R.A.C. (2010). An epidemiological model for externally acquired vector-borne viruses applied to Beet western yellows virus in Brassica napus crops in a Mediterranean-type environment. Crop and Pasture Science 61, 132-144. (Impact Factor = 1.3; Half life = >10 years; Citations 1).

Scholarly book chapters
56. Thomas, G, Jones, R. and Vanstone, V. (2008). Diseases of lupin. Chapter 9, In White, P., French, B. and McLarty A. Eds, ‘Producing lupins’, pp. 101-120. Bulletin No. 4720, Department of Agriculture and Food, Perth, Western Australia.
57.Jones, R. A. C., Charkowski, A., Fribourg, C. E., Stevenson, W. R. and Slack, S. A. (2009). Potato Virus and Virus-like Diseases. In: O.W Barnet Ed. Virus Diseases of Plants: Grape, Potato, and Wheat Image Collection and Teaching Resource CD-Rom. APS Press, St. Paul, MN 55121.

Refereed conference papers and other
58.Holland M. B. and Jones R. A. C. (2005). Benefits of virus testing in seed schemes. In “Proceedings of ‘Potato 2005’- Australian National Potato Conference” (A. J. Pitt and C. Donald, eds), pp. 81-87. Cowes, Victoria, Australia.
59.Mumford, R.A. and Jones, R.A.C. (2005). Pepino mosaic virus. In D. Robinson Ed, AAB Descriptions of Plant Viruses. No. 411. 11pp.
60.Jones, R.A.C., Coutts, B.A., Burchell, G.M. and Wyile, S.J. (2008). Bean yellow mosaic virus in lupins: strains, losses, epidemiology and control. In “Lupins for Health and Wealth – Proceedings of the 12th International Lupin Conference”. Eds J.A. Palta and J.D. Berger. Fremantle, Western Australia. pp 420-424.
61.*Makkouk, K.M., Jones, R.A.C., Morales, F., and Kumari, S.G. (2008). Management of virus diseases in food legumes. In “Proceedings of Xth International Food Legumes Research Conference” (IFLRC-IV), October 18–22, 2005, Ed .M. C. Kharkwal. New Delhi, India, pp. 638-658.
62.*Maling, T.M., Jones, R.A.C., Siddique, K., Thackray, D. and Diggle, A. (2008). Forecasting green-bridge mediated disease in south-west Australia: Bean yellow mosaic virus in lupins. In “Lupins for Health and Wealth – Proceedings of the 12th International Lupin Conference. Eds J.A. Palta and J.D. Berger. Fremantle, Western Australia. pp 434--438.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1.Unravelling the aetiology and epidemiology of economically important virus diseases of pasture, grains and vegetable crops in south-west Australia, and developing effective disease control strategies.
2.Discovering and describing new virus diseases of potato and several indigenous Andean crops in South America, and unravelling the ecology of potato viruses in the Andean region.
3.Leadership of a successful 15 year multidisciplinary research programme that developed comprehensive integrated virus disease management strategies for virus diseases threatening lupin production in south-west Australia.
Future research
•Currently the scientist in charge of plant virology at UWA
•Currently supervising or co-supervising 1 MSc and 3 PhD students with another PhD studentship advertised
•Supervised or co-supervised 12 PhD, 7 MSc and 12 Honours students in South America, UK or Australia at different stages of my career without being University based between 1974 and 2009
Funding received
Funding obtained in relation to ARC competitive grants
1.ARC Linkage LP0882671, M Jones, K Dixon, R Jones, K Seaton, Assessing plant virus threats to indigenous Western Australian flora: implications for biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem reclamation and the wildflower industry, $332,631.
2.ARC Discovery DP0771097, M Jones, R Jones” Molecular dissection of resistance to subterranean clover mottle virus using Medicago truncatula, $300.000
3.ARC Linkage LP0668429 M Jones, R Jones, G Dwyer, “Molecular tools for controlling pathogenic viruses in the seed potato industry”, $150,000.
4.ARC Linkage LP056177, M. Barbetti, K. Sivasithamparam, R. Jones, D. Phillips, “Detection and elimination of resting spores of Olpidium vectoring lettuce big-vein disease in lettuce seedling nursery production”, $87,000
5.ARC Linkage LP0560884, K. Siddique , R. Jones, A. Diggle. “Predictive models and decision support systems for virus diseases and aphid vectors of lupin and canola”. $123,684




Funding obtained in relation to other non-ARC competitive grants
1.Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), A. Hoffman [Univ. Melb.], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses: detection, transmission, epidemiology and management’, R. Jones virus component $257 for 2010-2013.
2.Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), W. MacLeod [UWA], R. Jones [UWA], B. Coutts [DAFWA], ‘Western region fungal and viral IDM research and development’, R. Jones/B. Coutts virus component $255,000 for 2010-2013.
3.Horticulture Aust (HAL), M. Barbetti, R. Jones [UWA], B. Rodoni (DPI-Vic) and S. McKirdy (CRC PlantBiosecurity), ‘Phylogeny, pathogenicity and epidemiology of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) and related pospoviroids in Australia’, R. Jones/M. Barbetti component $259,500 for 2009-2012.
4.Horticulture Aust (HAL), B. Coutts [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], D. Persley [DPI-Q], ‘Developing and communicating management strategies for controlling virus diseases in cucurbit crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $272,500 for 2007-2010.
5.5.Horticulture Aust (HAL), D. Persley [DPI-Q], R. Jones [UWA], B. Coutts [DAFWA], ‘Integrated viral disease management in vegetable crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $110,000 for 2008-2010.
6.6. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Jones [UWA], ‘Developing a sensitive dry seed test to detect seed-borne viruses in bulk seed samples of wheat’, $462,000 for 2006-2008.
7.7. Horticulture Aust (HAL), J. Thomas [DPI-Q], R. Jones [UWA]. ‘Virus identification and development of long term management strategies for the rhubarb industry’, R. Jones component $10,000 for 2006.
8.8. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Loughman [DAFWA], W. MacLeod [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Management to minimize disease constraints in Western Region farming systems’, R. Jones virus component, $350,000 for 2007-2010.
9.9. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), O. Edwards [CSIRO], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Insecticide resistance and sustainable management of aphids’, R. Jones component $75,000 for 2005-2007.
10.10. Horticulture Aust. (HAL), B. Coutts [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], D. Persley [DPI-Q], ‘Determining the occurrence of virus diseases in Australian cucurbit crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $40,000 for 2004.
11.11. Horticulture Aust. (HAL), R. Jones [UWA], D. Persley [QDPI], ‘Identification of possible tospovirus in imported tulip’. R. Jones component $5,000 for 2004.
12.12. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Loughman [DAFWA], W. MacLeod [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Managing disease constraints in Western Region farming systems’, R. Jones virus component, $210,000 for 2004-2007.
13.13. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Jones [UWA], Wright, D. [DAFWA], ‘Disease risk, management and integrated control of virus diseases with diagnostic services’, R. Jones component $70,000 for 2003-2004.
14.14. Horticulture Aust. (HAL), R. Jones [UWA], J . Moran [DPI-VIC], ‘Developing and communicating management strategies for controlling Carrot virus Y’. R. Jones component $565,000 for 2001-2004.

15.15. Horticulture Aust, R. Jones [UWA], Continued development of integrated disease management strategies for western flower thrips and Tomato spotted wilt virus in vegetables. $264,000 for 2001-2003.
16.16. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Jones [UWA], Determining the yield limiting potential of new virus disease problems of lupin and canola, and surveying for virus reservoirs outside the growing season. $190,000 for 2000-2003.
17.17. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), D. Berryman [MU], R. Jones [UWA], Standardisation and improvement of testing procedures for cucumber mosaic virus in lupin seed. R. Jones component $110,000 for 2000-2001.
18.18. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Jones [UWA], Forecasting and decision support for aphid and virus control in crops and medic pastures. $120,000 for 2000-2001.

Languages
English, Spanish
Memberships
American Phytopathological Society
Association of Applied Biologists
British Society for Plant Pathology
Australian Institute for Agricultural Science and Technology
Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Royal Society for Western Australia
Honours and awards
AWARDS/ INTERNATIONAL ROLES
1983-1986Virology Convenor, Association of Applied Biologists, UK
1998 – 2007Chairman, Plant Virus Epidemiology Committee, International Society for Plant Pathology.
2002–2005Executive Secretary, International Working Group on Legume Viruses.
2002Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
2003Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Previous positions
EMPLOYMENT
1975-78Coordinator in Virology, International Potato Center.
1979-1983Head of Virology Section, MAFF Harpenden Laboratory.
1984-1986Head of the Research and Development group in the Virology Branch formed by combination of MAFF Cambridge and Harpenden Virology Sections.
1986-1990Plant Virologist for Western Australia.
1992-1999Leader Crop Disease Program, Co-operative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture, Western Australia.
2000-2003Section Manager, Plant Pathology, Department of Agriculture for Western Australia
2004-2010 Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
2005-2011Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
2010-
Teaching
STUDENTS SUPERVISED OR CO-SUPERVISED FOR HIGHER DEGREES
South America
Armando Rodriguez (Colombian), Msc.
Arturo Moreira (Bolivian), Msc.
Franklin Santillan (Ecuadorian), Msc.
Europe
Sally Adams, PhD.
Elisabeth Newton, PhD.
Christine Henry, PhD. – never finished writing up
Christine Dolby, Msc.
(Four sandwich students' (Honours) projects also supervised successfully)
Australia
Calum Wilson, PhD.
Worayudh Pathipanawat, PhD.
Simon McKirdy, PhD.
Rose Njeru PhD, PhD.
John Fosu Nyarko PhD.
Sheila Mortimer-Jones, PhD.
Linda Maccarone, PhD.
Lindrea Latham, MSc.
Eviness Nygalugwe, MSc.
Stewart Vincent, MSc.
Wayne Proudlove, Msc. – never finished writing up
(Eight Honours students' projects also supervised successfully)
New and noteworthy
IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1.Unravelling the aetiology and epidemiology of economically important virus diseases of pasture, grains and vegetable crops in south-west Australia, and developing effective disease control strategies.
2.Discovering and describing new virus diseases of potato and several indigenous Andean crops in South America, and unravelling the ecology of potato viruses in the Andean region.
3.Leadership of a successful 15 year multidisciplinary research programme that developed comprehensive integrated virus disease management strategies for virus diseases threatening lupin production in south-west Australia.
Current projects
1.Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), A. Hoffman [Univ. Melb.], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses: detection, transmission, epidemiology and management’, R. Jones virus component $257 for 2010-2013.
2.Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), W. MacLeod [UWA], R. Jones [UWA], B. Coutts [DAFWA], ‘Western region fungal and viral IDM research and development’, R. Jones/B. Coutts virus component $255,000 for 2010-2013.
3.Horticulture Aust (HAL), M. Barbetti, R. Jones [UWA], B. Rodoni (DPI-Vic) and S. McKirdy (CRC PlantBiosecurity), ‘Phylogeny, pathogenicity and epidemiology of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) and related pospoviroids in Australia’, R. Jones/M. Barbetti component $259,500 for 2009-2012.
4.4.Horticulture Aust (HAL), B. Coutts [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], D. Persley [DPI-Q], ‘Developing and communicating management strategies for controlling virus diseases in cucurbit crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $272,500 for 2007-2010.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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