Dr Phil Russell - BSPP President

John Clarkson

Phil Russell obtained his BSc and PhD at UCW Aberystwyth before joining the Applied Biology Department of The University of Cambridge as a Demonstrator in Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding. At the end of the 5 year tenure he joined Fison’s Agrochemicals as a plant pathologist in charge of initial field testing of new fungicides. The Company merger with Boots Agchem Division to form FBC Ltd followed by Schering saw Phil move through various roles including spells in Field Development and Central Marketing before he became Head of Fungicides Dept for Schering Agrochemicals. It was at this time that his interest in fungicide resistance and its management developed and he maintained the interest as Head of Development Support for AgrEvo (Schering plus Hoechst) before becoming Fungicide Resistance manager for Aventis Crop Sciences (AgrEvo plus Rhone-Poulenc) based in Lyon. He was Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee for 8 years, is a Special Professor in Plant Pathology at the University of Nottingham and was awarded a BCPC medal in 2002 for his contributions to Crop Protection.

Phil decided to retire from industry in 2001 and now works as an independent plant pathology consultant specialising in R & D and resistance management.