Rob Samson - Honorary Doctor of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala)
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala confer on Prof. Dr. Rob Samson the degree of Honorary Doctor of Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty.
The Faculty's motivation is as follows: Dr Rob Samson, CBS - KNAW, Utrecht, Holland is a world leading specialist on the taxonomy of Aspergillus and Penicillium species. Some of these fungi occur as spoilage organisms and potential mycotoxin producers in food and feed. Other species have important roles in the biotech industry, while still others are used in the production of mould-fermented foods (roquefort and camembert cheese, salami and soya sauce). A correct identification to species level is essential for bom food safety and industrial process quality.
Dr Samson has developed stable taxonomic systems based on morphological, chemical and molecular criteria mat are fundamental to fungal identification. His basic research in fungal taxonomy has led to studies of Aspergillus and Penicillium in relation to food, biotechnology, indoor air quality and medicine. Dr Samson has organised international courses on "Identification of food-borne fungi" with numerous SLU participants.
He has also written richly illustrated textbooks that are used by hundreds of SLU students every year. In conclusion Dr Samson's research and pedagogic skills are of excellent international Standard, which has been and will be of large and central importance for the faculty. The conferment ceremony, will take place in Uppsala October 3 2009.