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Joshua Fanning

Joshua Fanning collecting plant samples

Joshua started as a research scientist in 2013 for the Victorian Government. He started managing a soil-borne disease trial program focusing particularly on root lesion nematodes and cereal cyst nematodes. Within these nematode programs, half the trials were investigating yield losses or nematode resistance in pulses, and he gained knowledge in foliar disease while managing these trials. During 2018, Josh started a new role as a field based pulse pathologist in Horsham, while still supporting the soil-borne disease program. This new role was developed to support the Victorian pulse growers and work in collaboration with pulse pathologists, agronomists and breeders nationally to manage pulse diseases that are affecting Victorian Growers.

Prior to working for the Victorian Government, Joshua undertook a bachelor degree and honours at Adelaide University. He also completed a PhD studying sub-acute ruminal acidosis in sheep, at The University of Adelaide. He has always been passionate about agriculture and enjoys the balance of field and office work, while having the ability to communicate with growers and agronomists to keep the research program relevant to the Victorian pulse growers.

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