In memoriam: Prof. Dr. R. A. (Rob) Schilperoort
Paul J. J. Hooykaas
Published online: 9 November 2012
Ó Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
We received the sad news that on 25 June 2012 Prof. Dr.
Rob Schilperoort passed away.
Rob was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Plant Molec-
ular Biology in 1981, the ﬁrst journal devoted exclusively
to plant molecular biology. The journal became formally
afﬁliated with the International Society of Plant Molecular
Biology (ISPMB), in which Rob played a very active role
from the start. He chaired the organizing committee of the
very successful 4th International Congress of Plant
Molecular Biology held in Amsterdam in June 1994.
Rob Schilperoort was a pioneer in modern plant biology.
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
crown gall tumour cells. Although the technology available
at that time did not allow detection of the T-DNA, his
research spawned a lot of interest and stimulated other
researchers, for example at the Universities of Gent and
Seattle also to enter into the Agrobacterium ﬁeld. After his
Rob Schilperoort (1938–2012)
P. J. J. Hooykaas
Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
W. Gruissem (&)
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Plant Mol Biol (2012) 80:553–554