Robert Sutherst

Program Focus

Global Pest & Disease Modeling


Emeritus Entomologist


Robert led the team that developed the CLIMEX ( and DYMEX ( models to address biosecurity and climate change risks posed by a wide range of pests and weeds in particular.

Author's Events

The GRDC Backs Global Rust Funding Call

May, 2013
Source: Ground Cover

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) back findings published in the Science article "Agriculture: Right-Sizing Stem-Rust Research" co-authored with HarvestChoice personnel.

Without Adequate Funding, Deadly Wheat Disease Could Threaten Global Food Supplies, U of M Scientists Say

Science Daily
April 15, 2013

Science CoDex
April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

New Strains Of Common Wheat Diseases May Threaten Global Food Supplies In The Coming Years, Researchers Warn
Planet Save
April 15, 2013

"The study, published in the current edition of the journal Science, examines how Ug99 – new virulent forms of stem rust first found in Uganda in 1999—could continue its movement across Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia. It threatens food supplies for millions of people who depend on wheat and other small grains. Scientists have developed new wheat varieties with some resistance to the deadly disease, but the disease evolves and mutates into new forms, requiring new resistant varieties to be developed. "

Science magazine: Global research to control stem rust disease saves wheat farmers losses worth US $1.12 billion per year

April, 2013
Source: CIMMYT

"A study just published in Science by scientists from the University of Minnesota, CSIRO, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and CIMMYT shows that research to control the wheat disease known as stem rust during 1961-2009 has added 6.2 million tons annually to world wheat harvests, worth US $1.12 billion per year at 2010 prices."