Jeremy J. Burdon is an Honorary Research Fellow in CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia), having formerly retired in 2015, but is still actively involved in various projects in Australia, China, and Sweden. He was Chief of the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry during his career. His research has led to an understanding of the co-evolution of plants and their pathogens through integrated analysis of agricultural and natural ecosystems. He has served on numerous editorial boards, for journals such as: Euphytica, Oecologia, Ecology Letters, and the Journal of Ecology. His research has also been recognised through a number of awards and honorary positions. Anna-Liisa Laine is Professor of Ecology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the Director of the Research Centre for Ecological Change and Vice-president of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology. She has served on several editorial boards including Evolution, Oikos, and New Phytologist. Her research combines epidemiological, experimental, and molecular approaches to understand how co-evolutionary feedback loops drive species interactions. She has received several awards for her research including the Academy of Finland's Science award and the L'Oreal-UNESCO award for Women in Science.
'Burdon and Laine's book is an important contribution because of the variety of topics addressed, and their organization, which will be attractive to plant pathologists with an interest in both agricultural and wild systems ... I am confident it will be as stimulating to any pathologist interested in population biology as it has been to me.' Fernando Garcia-Arenal, The Quarterly Review of Biology