Associate Professor

Fran will be speaking in Session 7. Vineyard health and biodiversity. Click here to see more.


Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz has been studying fungicide resistance since 2002. He completed his PhD on cucurbit powdery mildew at the University of Malaga (Spain) in 2009. He moved to the John Innes Centre (UK) in 2010 to start a postdoctoral fellowship on cereal powdery mildews. He came to Australia for a second postdoctoral appointment focused on cereal and grape diseases at Curtin University (Perth) in 2012. Since 2014, Fran has led the Fungicide Resistance Group within the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, which aims to understand how fungicide resistance develops, the molecular mechanisms behind it and how to improve the management of fungicides to reduce the impact of diseases.