Tony Pryor Memorial Prize

The board of EMCRF has decided to recognise excellent research by a younger rust or mildew worker by this award. The winner will give an invited lecture at the conference and will have accommodation and travel expenses reimbursed up to a maximum of €1500. Applicants should either have graduated with a PhD or equivalent no earlier than 2010 or still be studying for a research degree. Applicants in a tenure-track, assistant professor or similar position will not be considered.

Anyone wishing to enter this competition is requested to send the conference organisers ( an abstract of her or his research (maximum 250 words text and one Figure or Table on 1 page), a statement describing the contribution that she or he made personally to the research (maximum 250 words), and a short CV of maximum two pages. She or he must also ask her or his postgraduate or postdoctoral supervisor to send a confidential letter of recommendation to the conference organisers; it is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange this. By entering the competition, applicants accept that the selection panel’s decision is final. The deadline for receipt of these documents is 16 March, 2015; no applications received after that date will be considered. The winner will be notified no later than 27 March, 2015.


About Anthony J. Pryor

Tony J. Pryor completed his undergraduate and honours degree at The University of Adelaide in the mid 1960’s, after which he undertook a PhD degree in maize genetics and biochemistry at Indiana University.

In 1970 he returned to Australia and commenced work at CSIRO Plant Industry, where he worked for the next 35 years, focusing principally on the genetic basis of rust resistance in maize.

Tony was a key part of the team that cloned the first rust resistance gene from a cereal, the Rp1D gene from maize. This work laid the foundation for much of the rust resistance gene cloning work that has followed.

Tony remained an active researcher after his retirement in 2005 and passed away on 24th April 2014.