An ideal job

Kurt J. Leonard

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A brief personal history illustrates how fortunate I was to have stumbled into a career in plant pathology, which turned out to be the ideal job for me. Several of the people who steered me or facilitated my development in research on plant diseases are mentioned. Starting with my PhD research, I have had the good fortune to indulge a career-long fascination with epidemiology and genetics of disease resistance in plants, particularly coevolution of gene-for-gene host-pathogen systems. I hope that my example may inspire others of like minds to consider a research career in plant pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • cereal rust disease
  • cost of virulence
  • host-pathogen coevolution
  • pathogen fitness
  • southern corn leaf blight


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