Arch Virol (2005) 150: 412–413 DOI 10.1007/s00705-004-0457-x Obituary In Memoriam Guido Boccardo (1944–2002) uido Boccardo, an internationally reknowned G plant virologist and a dear friend, died of lung cancer in November 2002, in Torino, Italy. He was born th on January 11 , 1944 in Villata, a tiny village in the Po Valley rice region of Northern Italy, but spent much of his life in exotic places. Guido obtained an MS degree in Biology in 1968 at the University of Torino, and won a fellowship to work at the newly founded Istituto di Fitovirologia Applicata in Torino. He soon obtained a tenured research post. From the start he was the molecular expert of our small but tightly knit Torino virus group, and his dedication, skills and collaborative attitude soon became obvious. During this time he helped to isolate and characterize a series of new viruses from ornamental and agricul- tural crops. At the beginning of the 1970s, Guido spent a sabbatical at the Laboratory of Plant Pathology at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gembloux, Belgium, where he worked in R. Alaoui’s lab to characterize the RNA polymerase activity of virus- like particles from Penicillium stoloniferum. After returning
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2005
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