served as the coordinator of the Working Group on Parasitic Weeds of the European Weed Research Society since 2006. He is the senior editor of Phytopathologia Mediterranea and serves on the Editorial Board of Food Security. Mr. Vurro earned his BSc from the University of Bari Faculty of Agricultural Science.
Alan K. Watson is professor in the Department of Plant Science of McGill University. His research is broadly based in integrated pest management and sustainable agricultural systems while focusing on weed management. His major research interests are in the use of indigenous plant pathogens as bioherbicides, assessment of exotic plant pathogens as biological control agents of introduced weeds, population dynamics of weed species with emphasis on herbaceous perennials, and development of integrated weed-management systems in temperate and tropical regions. His research program seeks to understand the processes involved in host-pathogen interactions, to investigate mechanisms involved in disease development and weed host response, and to use this knowledge to select, develop, and implement effective, safe, and sustainable means to reduce the adverse effects of major noxious weeds. His studies span research biocontrol methods for less-developed nations and subsistence farmers. His research team successfully developed effective biocontrol strategies for several weeds in rice in Asia and a Fusarium oxysporum-based bioherbicide against Striga hermonthica, a root parasitic weed that is considered the scourge of African cereal crops. Dr. Watson earned his PhD in weed science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Charles P. Woloshuk is a professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology of Purdue University. His research interests include corn-mycotoxin pathology and the genetics, biochemistry, and physiology of mycotoxin biosynthesis. His long-range research program goals are to understand the biosynthesis of various mycotoxins and to develop novel approaches to eliminating the risk of mycotoxin contamination of food sources. He uses mycotoxin-producing fungi as model systems to advance the understanding of secondary metabolism in fungi. Dr. Woloshuk is also involved in the evaluation of mycotoxins associated with grain harvest, storage, and management practices with an objective of educatinge grain producers, handlers, and processors about mycotoxin effects. He also leads workshops on the use of mycotoxin test kits. He received his PhD in plant pathology from Washington State University.