Plant Mol Biol (2012) 80:553–554 DOI 10.1007/s11103-012-9978-y OB ITU A R Y Paul J. J. Hooykaas Wilhelm Gruissem Published online: 9 November 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012 Rob Schilperoort (1938–2012) We received the sad news that on 25 June 2012 Prof. Dr. Biology (ISPMB), in which Rob played a very active role Rob Schilperoort passed away. from the start. He chaired the organizing committee of the Rob was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Plant Molec- very successful 4th International Congress of Plant ular Biology in 1981, the ﬁrst journal devoted exclusively Molecular Biology held in Amsterdam in June 1994. to plant molecular biology. The journal became formally Rob Schilperoort was a pioneer in modern plant biology. afﬁliated with the International Society of Plant Molecular For his Ph.D. research in Leiden in the late 1960s he was studying the plant disease crown gall, which is caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens and especially was trying to ﬁnd evidence for the possible presence of bacterial DNA in P. J. J. Hooykaas Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands crown gall tumour cells. Although the technology available e-mail: P.J.J.Hooykaas@biology.leidenuniv.nl at that time did not allow detection of the T-DNA, his research spawned a lot of interest
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