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Roger Jones

Dr Roger Jones

Adjunct Professor
Agriculture, The UWA Institute of

Contact details
Address
The UWA Institute of Agriculture
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 9368 3269 / +61 8 6488 1484
Email
roger.jones@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/person/roger.jones
Qualifications
BA MA Cantab., PhD St And.
Biography
(i) Graduated from Cambridge University, UK with First Class Honurs in Botany, 1966
(ii) PhD in Plant virology at St Andrews University awarded in 1972
(ii) In 1970-1972 employed in plant virology in a medical school at Birmingham University, UK with limited facilities for research on plants which detracted from research opportunities. In 1973, unemployed for 4 months, and employed in a non research position at Oxford University, UK for 3 months before taking up a research position in South America. In 2000-2003, significant non-research administrative responsibilities as Section Manager, Plant Pathology, DAFWA significantly restricted research outputs.
(iii) During 2006-2010, I have been free of significant non-research responsibilities. In 2010, obtained a Research Professorship at UWA enhancing prospects for research over those at DAFWA.
POSTGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
1966-69Potato Marketing Board Research Studentship in the Virology Section, Scottish Horticultural Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, under the supervision of Dr B.D. Harrison.
1969-72Research Fellow in the Virology Department, University of Birmingham, England, on Agricultural Research Council grant to Professor P. Wildy.
1973-75Post Doctorate Virologist in the Pathology Department of the International Potato Center, Lima, Peru.
EMPLOYMENT
1975-78Coordinator in Virology, International Potato Center.
1979-1983Head of Virology Section, MAFF Harpenden Laboratory.
1984-1986Head of the Research and Development group in the Virology Branch formed by combination of MAFF Cambridge and Harpenden Virology Sections.
1986-1990Plant Virologist for Western Australia.
1992-1999Leader Crop Disease Program, Co-operative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture, Western Australia.
2000-2003Section Manager, Plant Pathology, Department of Agriculture for Western Australia
2004-2010 Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
2005-2011Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
2010- Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
Key research
RESEARCH THEMES
•Plant virus ecology
• Discovering and describing new viruses
•Aetiology
•Vector transmission of soil-borne, aphid-borne and contact-transmitted viruses
•Seed transmission
•Epidemiology
•Identifying virus resistance sources and characterising virus resistances
•Resistance-breaking strains
•Developing, cultural and chemical control measures and integrated virus disease management approaches
•Researching viruses of potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, grain and pasture legumes, oilseeds, cereals and vegetables
•Improving virus detection procedures and conducting large-scale surveys
Quantifying yield losses through large-scale field experimentation
Publications
Recent publications – 2016- June 2017.

1.Congdon, B. S., Coutts, B. A., Renton, M., van Leur, J. A. G., & Jones, R. A. C. (2017). Seed fractionation as a phytosanitary control measure for Pea seed-borne mosaic virus infection of field pea seed-stocks. European Journal of Plant Pathology 148, 733–737. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-16-1203-RE.
2.Congdon BS, Coutts BA, Renton M, Flematti GR, Jones RAC (2017). Pea seed-borne mosaic virus pathosystem drivers under Mediterranean-type climatic conditions: deductions from 23 epidemic scenarios. Plant Disease 101, 929-940. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-16-1203-RE.
3.Guerret, M.G.L, Nyalugwe, E.P., Maina, S., Barbetti, M.J., van Leur, J.A.G. and Jones, R.A.C, (2017). Biological and molecular properties of a Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) strain that breaks TuMV resistances in Brassica napus. Plant Disease 101 674-683. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-16-1129-RE
4.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. (2017). Metagenomic analysis of cucumber RNA from East Timor reveals an Aphid lethal paralysis virus genome Genome Announc 5(2):e01445-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.01445-16.
5.Kehoe MA, Jones RAC, Coutts BA. 2017. First complete genome sequence of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus isolated from Australia. Genome Announc 5(12):e00036-17. https://doi:10.1128/genomeA.00036-17
6.Gibbs AJ, Ohshima K, Yasaka R, Mohammad M, Gibbs MJ, Jones RAC. (2017). The phylogenetics of the global population of potato virus Y and its necrogenic recombinants. Virus Evolution 3(1):vex002. https://doi: 10.1093/ve/vex002
7.Adams PI, Boonham N, Jones RAC. 20I7. First complete genome sequence of Arracacha virus A from an 38-year-old sample from Peru. Genome Announc 5(18):e00141-17 https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00141-17
8.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2017. RNA-seq strand-specific library from East Timorese cucumber sample reveals complete Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus genome. Genome Announc 5(19):e00320-17. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00320-17.
9.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2017. First complete Squash leaf curl China virus genomic segment DNA-A sequence from East Timor Genome Announc 5:e00483-17. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00483-17.
10.Maina S, Coutts BA, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. (2017). Papaya ringspot virus populations from East Timorese and northern Australian cucurbit crops: biological and molecular properties, and absence of genetic connectivity. Plant Disease 101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-10-16-1499-RE
11.Maina S, Coutts BA, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Kehoe MA, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. (2017). Zucchini yellow mosaic virus populations from East Timorese and northern Australian cucurbit crops: molecular properties, genetic connectivity and biosecurity implications. Plant Disease 101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-11-16-1672-RE
12.Congdon BS, Coutts BA, Renton M, Flematti GR, Jones RAC (2017) Establishing alighting preferences and species transmission differences for Pea seed-borne mosaic virus aphid vectors. Virus Research. doi: 10.1016/j.virusres.2017.04.005.
13.Congdon, B.S., Coutts, B.A., Jones, R.A.C., Renton, M., (2017). Forecasting model for Pea seed-borne mosaic virus epidemics in field pea crops in a Mediterranean-type environment. Virus Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2017.04.005.
14.Thomas-Sharma S, Andrade-Piedra J, Carvajal Yepes M, Hernandez-Nopsa JF, Jeger MJ, Jones RAC, Kromann P, Legg J P, Yuen J, Forbes GA, Garrett KA (2017). A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops. Phytopathology. doi:10.1094/PHYTO-09-16-0340-R
15.Dombrovsky, A., Tran-Nguyen, L.T.T. Jones RAC (2017). Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus: Rapidly Increasing Global Distribution, Etiology, Epidemiology, and Management. Annual Review of Phytopathology. Doi:10.1146/annurev-phyto-080516-035349
16.Congdon, B. S., Coutts, B. A., Renton, M., & Jones, R. A. C. (2016). Pea seed-borne mosaic virus: stability and wind-mediated contact transmission in field pea. Plant Disease, 100, 953-958. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-11-15-1249-RE
17.Congdon, B. S., Coutts, B. A., Renton, M., Banovic, M., & Jones, R. A. C. (2016). Pea seed-borne mosaic virus in Field pea: widespread infection, genetic diversity, and resistance gene effectiveness. Plant Disease, 100, 2475-2482. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-05-16-0670-RE
18.Guerret, M.G.L., Barbetti, M.J., You, M.P. and Jones, R.A.C. (2016). Effects of temperature on disease severity in plants of subterranean clover infected singly or in mixed infection with Bean yellow mosaic virus and Kabatiella caulivora. Journal of Phytopathology 164, 608-619. https://doi:10.1111/jph.12484
19.Kehoe, M.A., and Jones RAC (2016) Improving Potato virus Y strain nomenclature: lessons from comparing isolates obtained over a 73 year period. Plant Pathology 65, 322-333. https://doi:10.1111/ppa.12404
20.Mackie, A.E., Rodoni, B.C., Barbetti, M.A., McKirdy, S.J., and R.A.C. Jones (2016) Potato spindle tuber viroid: alternative host reservoirs and strain found in an isolated sub-tropical irrigation area. European Journal of Plant Pathology 145, 433–446. https://doi:10.1007/s10658-016-0857-2
21.Maina S, Edwards OR, Jones RAC. 2016a. First complete genome sequence of Pepper vein yellows virus from Australia. Genome Announc 4(3):e00450-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00450-16.
22.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2016b. Complete genome sequences of the Carlavirus Sweet potato chlorotic fleck virus from East Timor and Australia. Genome Announc 4:(3)e00414-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00414-16.
23.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2016c. Complete genome sequences of the Potyvirus Sweet potato virus 2 from East Timor and Australia. Genome Announc 4(3):e00504-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00504-16.
24.Maina S, Edwards OR, Barbetti MJ, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2016d. Deep sequencing reveals complete genome of Sweet potato virus G from East Timor. Genome Announc 4(5):e00957-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.00957-16.
25.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2016e. First complete genome sequence of Suakwa aphid-borne yellows virus from East Timor. Genome Announc 4(4):e00718-16.https://doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00718-16.
26.Maina S, Edwards OR, de Almeida L, Ximenes A, Jones RAC. 2016f. First complete genome sequence of Bean common mosaic necrosis virus from East Timor. Genome Announc 4(5):e01049-16. https://doi.org/10.1128/genomeA.01049-16.
27.Nyalugwe, E.P., Barbetti, M.J. and Jones, R.A.C. (2016) Strain specificity of Turnip mosaic virus resistance gene TuRBJ01 in Brassica juncea. European Journal of Plant Pathology 145, 209-213. https://doi. 10.1111/ppa.12533.
28.Nyalugwe, E.P., Barbetti, M.J., Clode, P. L. and Jones, R.A.C. (2016) Programmed cell death pathways caused by early infection in a plant virus system were related to isolate virulence and stage of infection. Plant Pathology 65, 1518-1528. https://doi. 10.1111/ppa.12533
29.Nyalugwe, E.P., Barbetti, M.J., Clode, P. L. and Jones, R.A.C. (2016) Systemic hypersensitive resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica juncea is associated with multiple defence responses, especially phloem necrosis and xylem occlusion. Plant Disease 100, 1261-1270. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-12-15-1459-RE
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Roger Jones has successfully used basic and applied research to address real world problems and is recognised internationally for his contributions, especially those that address practical aspects of virus disease problems of significance to global agriculture. His research has involved diverse pathosystems including viruses of cereals, oilseeds, grain and pasture legumes, root and tuber crops, vegetables, weeds and native plants. His research themes include discovering and describing new viruses, epidemiology, ecology, spatial and temporal analyses of epidemics, transmission by vectors and seed, control measures, predictive modelling, devising detection procedures and studies on virus aetiology, phylogeny and emergence.

His research provided critical new understanding of epidemiological components of diverse virus pathosystems operating under Mediterranean-type climatic conditions (very dry summer, wet winter). These included viruses of annual arable crops,cereals and canola. They also included viruses of dryland annual and irrigated perennial pasture legumes and grasses. His studies emphasised (i) the importance of seed transmission in annual hosts for virus survival during the dry summer period in the absence of irrigation, and (ii) the critical roles in development of epidemics played by proximity to virus inoculum sources (external and internal) and weather conditions favouring build-up of vectors before annual crop or pasture plants germinate. His research also provided important new understanding of the epidemiological components of diverse plant virus pathosystems operating in irrigated vegetable crops growing under Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical climatic conditions.

Jones conducted many large-scale surveys quantifying virus incidence in vegetable, cucurbit, grain legume, oilseed and cereal crops, and legume pastures. These surveys were complemented by large-scale field experiments to quantify virus-induced yield and quality losses. His pasture studies were the first to ephasise the critical effect of virus infection in one plant species on the species balance in mixed swards. Combining survey with loss data provided a clear picture of the economic importance of each pathosystem.

Through epidemiological studies, field experimentation and/or theoretical insights, he provided critical new understanding of how different types of virus control measures (host resistance, phytosanitary, cultural, chemical, biological) operate and can be combined within effective integrated virus disease management (IDM) approaches. His IDM ideas were widely adopted globally. With modellers, he developed the first effective forecasting models for virus epidemics that incorporate weather variables and automated weather data retrieval.
Jones’ research involving identifying resistance-breaking strains or selecting them from wild-type strains, finding and characterizing new virus resistances in diverse crops and addressing challenges faced by plant breeders in dealing with strain specific virus resistance was widely appreciated internationally. He provided important new understanding of viruses of Andean tuber (especially potato), root and other crops. He was the first to identify Pepino mosaic virus which later caused serious problems in tomato production worldwide. Other noteworthy research includes devising new or improved procedures for large-scale virus detection and providing important new understanding of the biological properties, and phylogeny of introduced and indigenous viruses in Australia.

Jones has published >200 primary refereed research papers and >40 international reviews or refereed book chapters on diverse aspects of plant virology, e.g. the first comprehensive review on plant viruses and climate change, a highly cited review on virus emergence, and several highly cited reviews on virus control measures. Total citations to June 2017 are 77434. In Peru, UK and Australia, Jones’ has acted as mentor for many young plant virologists, and supervised or co-supervised to completion 14 PhD, 8 MSc and many Honours students. He organised or co-organised >10 national and international scientific conferences in the UK, Australia, India, Peru and Germany, and co-edited a book and three special epidemiology issues of Virus Research.

He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (2002), the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (2003) and the American Phytopathological Society (2014). He was Virology Convenor for the Association of Applied Biologists (1983-1986), Chairman of the Plant Virus Epidemiology Committee, International Society for Plant Pathology (1999-2007), Pathology (1999-2007), and Executive Secretary, International Working Group on Legume Viruses (2002-2005).
Future research
1. Plant viruses and Climate Change
2. Virus ecology in natural and managed systems
3. Plant virus evolution
4. Plant virus epidemiology and control
5. Integrated Virus Disease Management systems
6. Modelling plant virus epidemics

Funding received
Funding obtained in relation to ARC competitive grants, 2006-2013.
1. ARC Linkage. R Jones, M Renton, B. Coutts. Determination of factors responsible for pea seed-borne mosaic virus epidemics in peas and development of effective virus management tools.
LP120200224, $210,000 for 2013-2016.
2. ARC Linkage LP0882671, M Jones, K Dixon, R Jones, K Seaton, Assessing plant virus threats to indigenous Western Australian flora: implications for biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem reclamation and the wildflower industry, $332,631.
3.ARC Discovery DP0771097, M Jones, R Jones” Molecular dissection of resistance to subterranean clover mottle virus using Medicago truncatula, $300.000
4. ARC Linkage LP0668429 M Jones, R Jones, G Dwyer, “Molecular tools for controlling pathogenic viruses in the seed potato industry”, $150,000.
5. ARC Linkage LP056177, M. Barbetti, K. Sivasithamparam, R. Jones, D. Phillips, “Detection and elimination of resting spores of Olpidium vectoring lettuce big-vein disease in lettuce seedling nursery production”, $87,000
6. ARC Linkage LP0560884, K. Siddique , R. Jones, A. Diggle. “Predictive models and decision support systems for virus diseases and aphid vectors of lupin and canola”. $123,684.

Funding obtained in relation to non-ARC competitive grants
1. CRC for Plant Biosecurity. R. Jones [UWA], O. Edwards [CSIRO], B. Coutts [DAFWA], Wind spread of plant viral pathogens into northern Australia - $164,000 for 2014-16.
2. GRDC, A. Hoffman [Univ. Melb.], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses: detection, transmission, epidemiology and management’, R. Jones - $416,234 for 2010-2014Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), A. Hoffman [Univ. Melb.], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses: detection, transmission, epidemiology and management’, R. Jones virus component $257 for 2010-2013.
3. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), W. MacLeod [UWA], R. Jones [UWA], B. Coutts [DAFWA], ‘Western region fungal and viral IDM research and development’, R. Jones/B. Coutts virus component $255,000 for 2010-2013.
4. Horticulture Aust (HAL), M. Barbetti, R. Jones [UWA], B. Rodoni (DPI-Vic) and S. McKirdy (CRC PlantBiosecurity), ‘Phylogeny, pathogenicity and epidemiology of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) and related pospoviroids in Australia’, R. Jones/M. Barbetti component $259,500 for 2009-2012.
4.Horticulture Aust (HAL), B. Coutts [DAFWA], R. Jones [UWA], D. Persley [DPI-Q], ‘Developing and communicating management strategies for controlling virus diseases in cucurbit crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $272,500 for 2007-2010.
5.5.Horticulture Aust (HAL), D. Persley [DPI-Q], R. Jones [UWA], B. Coutts [DAFWA], ‘Integrated viral disease management in vegetable crops’, R. Jones/B. Coutts component $110,000 for 2008-2010.
6. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), R. Jones [UWA], ‘Developing a sensitive dry seed test to detect seed-borne viruses in bulk seed samples of wheat’, $462,000 for 2006-2008.
Industrial relevance
Relevance to Agriculture, Horticulture, and Conservation
Languages
English, Spanish
Memberships
American Phytopathological Society
Association of Applied Biologists
Australian Institute for Agricultural Science and Technology
Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Royal Society for Western Australia
Honours and awards
AWARDS/ INTERNATIONAL ROLES
1983-1986Virology Convenor, Association of Applied Biologists, UK
1998 – 2007Chairman, Plant Virus Epidemiology Committee, International Society for Plant Pathology.
2002–2005Executive Secretary, International Working Group on Legume Viruses.
2002Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
2003Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society
2014 Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society
Previous positions
EMPLOYMENT
1975-78Coordinator in Virology, International Potato Center.
1979-1983Head of Virology Section, MAFF Harpenden Laboratory.
1984-1986Head of the Research and Development group in the Virology Branch formed by combination of MAFF Cambridge and Harpenden Virology Sections.
1986-1990Plant Virologist for Western Australia.
1992-1999Leader Crop Disease Program, Co-operative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture, Western Australia.
2000-2003Section Manager, Plant Pathology, Department of Agriculture for Western Australia
2004-2010 Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
2005-2011Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology, University of Western Australia, Perth
2010-2015 Research Professor University of Western Australia, Perth
2016-present Adjunct Professor, Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, Perth, and Principal Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food, Perth.
Patents
None
Teaching
SUPERVISED OR CO-SUPERVISED FOR HIGHER DEGREES
• Currently supervising or co-supervising 2 PhD students
•Supervised or co-supervised 12 PhD, 8 MSc and 12 Honours students in South America, UK or Australia at different stages of my career without being University based between 1974 and 2009

South America

Armando Rodriguez (Colombian), Msc.
Arturo Moreira (Bolivian), Msc.
Franklin Santillan (Ecuadorian), Msc.

Europe
Sally Adams, PhD.
Elisabeth Newton, PhD.
Christine Henry, PhD.
Christine Dolby, Msc.
(Four sandwich students' (Honours) projects also supervised successfully)

Australia
Calum Wilson, PhD.
Worayudh Pathipanawat, PhD.
Simon McKirdy, PhD.
Rose Njeru PhD, PhD.
John Fosu Nyarko PhD.
Sheila Mortimer-Jones, PhD.
Linda Maccarone, PhD.
Eviness Nygalugwe, PhD.
Brenda Coutts -PhD.
Monica Kehoe - PhD.
Benjamin Congdon - PhD.
Alison Mackie - PhD.
Lindrea Latham, MSc.
Eviness Nygalugwe, MSc.
Stewart Vincent, MSc.
Wayne Proudlove, Msc.

(Eight Honours students' projects also supervised successfully)
Current projects
Currently fully Funded:

CRC for Plant Biosecurity. R. Jones [UWA], O. Edwards [CSIRO], B. Coutts [DAFWA], Wind spread of plant viral pathogens into northern Australia - $164,000 for 2014-16.
3. GRDC, A. Hoffman [Univ. Melb.], R. Jones [UWA], ‘Wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic and high plains viruses: detection, transmission, epidemiology and management’, R. Jones - $416,234 for 2010-2014.

"Viruses of Cucurbits". Royalties for regions, R.Jones - $765,000 2015-2018
Other projects:
-Climate change and plant viruses.
-Viruses at the agro-ecological interface.
-Deep sequencing of virus genomes.
- Modelling virus epidemics.
- Ecology of viruses in native plants, mixed species pasture and crops.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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