Dr Richard Stuart Rutherford
Dr Rutherford is an expert in Integrated Pest Management systems and plant resistance to pests, diseases and other stresses. He holds a MBA from Cardiff Business School and a PhD from UKZN. He has pioneered the use of near infrared spectroscopy in selecting plant genotypes for pest and disease resistance. 

Current research interests include; epigenetics and mutation breeding for resistance to biotic and abiotic stressors; insect pest, host-plant and microbial interactions, and the application of chemical ecology other novel chemistries and entomopathogens in Integrated Pest Management systems.
 Quote:   “The vast majority of everything spoken about industrial agriculture is a myth”.
Position:   Honorary Lecturer & Crop Protection Research Manager at SASRI
Qualifications:   PhD
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Life Sciences
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 508 7529
 Email:   stuart.rutherford@sugar.org.za
 Recent Publications:  
Rutherford, R.S. (1998) Prediction of resistance in sugarcane to the stalk borer Eldana saccharina Walker by near infrared spectroscopy on crude bud scale extracts. The involvement of chlorogenates and flavonoids. J. Chem. Ecol. 24: 1447-1463.

Koch, A.C., Ramgareeb, S., Rutherford, R.S., Snyman, S.J. & Watt, M.P. (2012) An in vitro mutagenesis protocol for the production of sugarcane tolerant to the herbicide imazapyr. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Plant 48: 417-427.

Rutherford, R.S. (2014) Mechanisms of Resistance to Pests and Pathogens in Sugarcane and Related Species. In F.C. Botha & P.H. Moore (Eds.), Sugarcane Physiology, Biochemistry, and Functional Biology. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0-8138-2121-4.
Rutherford, R.S., Snyman, S.J. and Watt, M.P. (2014) In vitro studies on somaclonal variation and induced mutagenesis: progress and prospects in sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) – a review. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. 89: 1-16.

Mahlanza, T., Rutherford, R.S., Snyman, S.J. and Watt, M.P. (2015) Potential of Fusarium sacchari-tolerant mutants in controlling Eldana saccharina and borer-associated Fusarium stem rot in sugarcane. European Journal of Plant Pathology 141:825–837.

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