Jones was a charter member of APS, the first president of the society, and the first editor-in-chief of Phytopathology. Jones completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in 1889 and worked on early and late blight of potato and soft rot diseases at the University of Vermont. He demonstrated the usefulness of Bordeaux mixture as a suitable control measure for late blight in the United States and collected late-blight-resistant varieties of potato from Europe for use in breeding programs in the United States. His work on soft rot of carrot was the basis for his Ph.D. thesis, received from the University of Michigan in 1904. In 1910, Jones became the first chair of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin. He promoted a very high quality of education and research at Wisconsin, rapidly elevating the department to become a leader in plant disease research.
(Submitted for publication July 2008.)
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