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Kevin Hyde, a visiting professor at King Saud University and the director of University of Hong Kong's Centre for Research in Fungal Diversity, gave a lecture this week on campus regarding his recent research on colletotrichum, a genus of fungi that contains  pathogens which cause diseases in cereals, vegetables, and more importantly for Saudi Arabia, the date palm, an extremely important commercial product of Saudi Arabia.

This and other scientific activities were discussed in the lecture by Hyde, who is the chief editor of three international journals, and a contributor to more than seven international journals in the field of fungi. A visiting professor at three Chinese universities, Dr. Hyde has published more than 395 research articles in international journals and recorded many new species of fungi.