[ASC-media] Plant Pathologists Invade Australia

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Fri Apr 15 01:28:27 CEST 2011

Asian and Australasian Plant Pathology Societies 


15 April 2011

Plant Pathologists INVADE AUSTRALIA

Darwin will host 400 plant pathologists from around the world from 26 to 29
April at a joint international conference of Asian and Australasian Plant
Pathology Societies. 

The theme for the conference is New Frontiers in Plant Pathology for Asia
and Oceania and experts will be available for interview on the key
international and Australian issues, threats and developments in plant
diseases and crop protection of field and horticultural crops, forests and
natural ecosystems.

Some of the issues that can be addressed in interviews include:

.       What are current key diseases resident in Australia and what is
being done to address/contain them?

.       What are the major threats to Australian crop production,
particularly to fruit, vegies and forests?

.       What lessons can be learned from biosecurity and surveillance plans
in other countries?

.       What are the latest technologies, for example from the medical
industry, being used to help agriculture?

.       What special efforts are underway in Northern Australia to contain
plant diseases following the recent cyclone and floods?

.       How are climate change and extreme weather events increasing the
risk of plant diseases in Australia, Asia and The Pacific?

.       What is happening in Australia in relation to some recent
biosecurity issues such as myrtle rust, citrus greening and diseases of
mango and kiwifruit?

International and Australian experts include:  

-       Professor Jim Stack, Professor of Plant Pathology at Kansas State
University. Jim is a biosecurity specialist who coordinates a nine-state
project for the detection and diagnosis of serious plant diseases and pests
and is the principal investigator of a plant biosecurity project at the
National Agriculture Biosecurity Center.

-       Dr Francisco Ochoa Corona, a forensic plant pathologist whose
particular interests are the prediction and monitoring of biosecurity
threats, tracking their global dispersal routes and limiting their spread. 

-       Honorary Professor Lester Burgess, who has had a love affair with
Fusarium since 1970's. What has moved him to a life's work in plant

-       Dr Caroline Mohammed, Theme Leader in Climate Change Adaptation at
University of Tasmania and the current president of the Australasian Plant
Pathology Society, who is a senior forest health expert and is engaged in
drafting pest risk analyses and a national audit of forest biosecurity

-       Dr Les Baxter, Research Program Manager in Horticulture at the
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, a part of
Australia's aid program. He can address the significant biosecurity and
biocontrol successes and current work of interest with our neighbours in the
Asia Pacific.

-       Dr Vic Galea is Associate Professor in Plant Pathology at Gatton
(UQ) and can talk about new approaches to agricultural education and the
involvement of remote communities in plant disease identification. 

Delegates are coming from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel,
Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, Philippines, PNG, Thailand,
America, UK, Canada and Southern Africa.

For further information and to arrange interviews contact: Cathy Reade,
Public Awareness Coordinator, Crawford Fund 0413 575 934 Program and sponsor
details are at  <http://www.appc2011.org/> http://www.appc2011.org/


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