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Soilborne Disease to be Focus of Symposium in WA

08 June 2012
GRDC

AUSTRALIA - Australian and international scientists will gather in Fremantle later this year to present research findings on soilborne diseases.

The 7th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium will be held at The University of Notre Dame from September 17 to 20.

It is being sponsored by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, Curtin University, the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and Bayer CropScience.

Organising committee convenor and DAFWA senior scientist Bill MacLeod said keynote and invited papers would be presented on topics vital to improving soil health and reducing crop losses from soilborne diseases.

Keynote speakers include:

  • United States plant pathologist and rhizoctonia expert Timothy Paulitz, of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service, who will speak about ‘biological suppression of fungal root disease’;
  • Robin Oliver, technical manager in Syngenta’s Product Safety organisation, who will discuss ‘chemical control and fate of chemicals applied in soil’;
  • Aarhus University Associate Professor Sabine Ravnskov, of Denmark, who will present the paper ‘beneficial interactions between plants and soil microbes’.

“Other speakers will include Australian scientists involved in research, development and extension under the GRDC’s Soil Biology Initiative II program which involves 15 projects and more than 500 crop sampling sites,” Mr MacLeod said.

“The Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium will include an optional overnight field trip visiting agricultural, horticultural and natural ecosystems in the Perth hinterland and the WA Wheatbelt.”

For more information or to register for the event click here.

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