scientists at the Southern Regional Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Bennett has pioneered research on the genetics and biosynthesis of aflatoxins. Her laboratory has been involved in genome projects related to Aspergillus flavus, A. fumigatus, and A. oryzae. She has held a number of leadership roles in the scientific community, including being chair of the biology division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, president of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, and president of the American Society for Microbiology. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. Dr. Bennett earned her PhD in botany from the University of Chicago.
Jerome J. Cura is a senior environmental scientist at the Woods Hole Group and was a founding member of Cura Environmental and Menzie-Cura & Associates. His research interests are in ecological risk assessment. He has conducted such assessments in terrestrial environments, freshwater systems, and marine and estuarine habitats. He has developed guidance for conducting risk assessments at dredging sites and has experience in conducting assessments at Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites. Dr. Cura is chair of the Ecological Risk Assessment Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis. He received his PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Maine.
William E. Fry is professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology of Cornell University. He also serves as dean of the Cornell University faculty. His research interests are in plant-disease control and epidemiology, population genetics, host-pathogen interactions, and disease resistance. Of specific interest are the basic biology and management of potato late blight and its pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and the use of genomic approaches and computer simulations to characterize the pathogenicity of populations of P. infestans. His laboratory has characterized the role of biopesticides and “green” fungicides in the management of late blight, demonstrated the potential role of petunia in the epidemiology of late blight, and predicted the epidemiologic impact of exotic strains of P. infestans in the United States. Dr. Fry received his PhD in plant pathology from Cornell University.
Guy R. Knudsen is professor of microbial ecology and plant pathology at the University of Idaho. His research interests are in using antagonistic bacteria and fungi in the biological control of plant pathogens; soil and rhizosphere microbial associations with indigenous plant species; microbiology of aquatic, riparian, wetland, and soil habitats; fate of genetically engineered microorganisms in the environment; and prediction and management of fungal epizootics of insect pests. Dr. Knudsen was a member of the National Research Council committee that organized the Workshop on Research to Improve the Evaluation of the Impacts of Genetically Engineered Organisms on Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife and Habitats. He received his PhD in plant pathology from Cornell University and his JD from William Howard Taft University.