Thursday, January 19, 2012

A new post

Shortly I will move this sadly neglected blog over to my main website, once I get Drupal up and running. Expect to see more updates there.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Now 73 species of Rhizobia !

I have done a major update of my rhizobial taxonomy webpage, and the total number of rhizobia species is 73. I remember in the first year of my PhD there were only 23 or so described.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Well It has been a while since my last post. Yesterday I started a postdoc working on the pathogenic fungus Colletotrichum, still based at Landcare Research.

I have done other research as well since my PhD. You can see my research page here.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

NZMS 2007

I recently attended the NZMS 2007 Conference in Wellington; it was a good conference this year. I spoke on my work with t-RFLP on grapevine fungal endophytes. David Beckham was in town at the time, and was also staying at the Copthorne Hotel, however there are two Copthornes in Wellington and his was much nicer than mine.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New website design

I have redesigned my website, and will be rolling out the changes to each page over a period of weeks.

The first page up is rhizobial taxonomy.

Let me know if there are any problems.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Another hectic few weeks. I got married on the 14th of April 2007. It was a great day, then we had a honeymoon in Queenstown, which was fantastic.

You can see more photos here

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Over 60 rhizobial species

There are now over 60 known rhizobial species, I have just updated the taxonomy page of my website

Friday, November 17, 2006

Thesis published

At long last my PhD thesis has been published. You can find an electronic version at my website: and soon there should be a version up at the university here: Update 4th April 2007: The location on research space is

This should be cited as:

Weir, B.S. (2006) Systematics, Specificity, and Ecology of New Zealand Rhizobia. PhD Thesis. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland.