Professor Henry Robert Wallace

Henry Robert Wallace, DSc, FAA

Henry Robert Wallace

Elected in 1975

Short citation at year of election

Wallace has studied ecology of soil nematodes and its bearing on disease. He discovered precise concepts which explained numbers and distribution of nematodes in soil and he devised a model for locomotion of nematodes of some general application. Work on foliar nematodes produced an explanation of the infective process which made possible the control of the disease; similar work was conducted with root-knot nematodes. 

He has shown that plants have compensatory mechanisms for maintaining health and that they may over-compensate at low levels of infection. He has skilfully used methods of partial regression to analyse host-parasite-environment interactions and is at present examining disease in the field using step-wise regression analysis. 

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