Richard Falloon is an internationally recognised plant pathologist, renowned for his research and management skills, his ability to communicate with audiences from scientific peers to industry groups, and as a domestic/ international student supervisor. He has demonstrated multidisciplinary approaches to control of soil-borne diseases, collaborating with agronomists, soil scientists and plant breeders. He is the world expert on Spongosphora subterranean, the pathogen causing potato powdery scab.
Richard has demonstrated extensive international and national leadership in plant pathology and protection. He was the President of the International Society for Plant Pathology, the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, and the NZ Plant Protection Society. He was Co Editor-in-Chief, Phytopathologia Mediterranea, Editorial Board member of Plant Pathology Journal, and Honorary Scientist, Korean Rural Development Administration. He has received numerous invitations to present keynote papers at international conferences, and was on the organising committees for the 50th NZPPS Conference; the 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology, the 7th World Potato Congress; and the 4th and 9th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposiums.
While Richard’s achievements have been widely recognised, we consider it entirely fitting that the New Zealand Plant Protection Society also recognises his outstanding contribution to plant protection science by awarding him the New Zealand Plant Protection Society Medal.