Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Richard Cooper delivers course on disease control to Malaysian researchers

Mon Feb 23 10:14:00 GMT 2015

Over 16 and 17 February Dr Richard Cooper (Biology & Biochemistry) provided an intensive course near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the mechanisms of crop plant diseases involving pathogenic microorganisms.

The audience comprised around 50 researchers from industry and government who work with three fungal diseases that in South East Asia, Africa and South America can devastate oil palms, the source of almost 40% of the world's edible oils. Richard Cooper in Malaysia

Dr Cooper commented: "The research there has been over-focussed on their main fungal disease problem, about which little is understood.  

"The aim therefore was to provide a broad, yet in depth background on the wealth of knowledge gained from many other well-researched pathogens to help them apply this in their attempts to achieve novel and sustainable disease control. Reducing yield losses means better use of valuable land resources."

The productive trip also included lab visits, discussions with companies on funding for future research at Bath and field work to collect biological materials (pictured).