Dr Bob McIntosh recognised in 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours

8 June 2009

Dr Bob McIntosh, BSc Agr, MSc Agr, PhD, has been recognised with an Order of Australia award for his lifetime work in the wheat industry.

Bob has undertaken all his formal university training and spent his professional career at The University of Sydney, beginning as a Technical Officer in 1960 and retiring in 2000 as Professor of Cereal Genetics and Cytogenetics. Though semi-retired he is still sharing his expertise as an honorary associate in the Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbity.

His continuous service with the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for 41 years has involved the genetics and cytogenetics of disease resistance in wheat, concentrating on the rust diseases. He was instrumental in research that led to the development of rust-resistant wheat, saving the Australian wheat industry billions of dollars over the last 20 years. His dedicated work has impacted the industry from both an Australian and international perspective.

Previous awards include the Farrer Memorial Medal 1976, and in 2003 a Centenary Medal awarded by the Australian Government for Service to Australian Society and Science in Genetics.

Congratulations Bob!

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