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Stakeholders convene to shape pathology research direction in the Northern Grains Region

The University of Southern Queensland recently hosted the “Northern Pathology Review Panel Meeting” on 6 November at the Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct USQ, Toowoomba. The meeting was organised under the GRDC-funded Project USQ1907-001RTX: “Integrated Disease Management Tools to Manage Summer Crop Diseases in the Northern Region”, led by USQ Research Fellow Dante L. Adorada with project team members Research Fellow Kirsty Owen (USQ), Principal Plant Pathologist Murray Sharman (DAFQ) and Plant Pathologist Lisa Kelly (DAFQ).

Meeting objectives were to 1) identify plant pathology research gaps/priorities and 2) identify pathology research capacity, in the northern grains region.

Top image: Mr. Rob Battaglia of Syngenta presenting their role in the northern grains industry on behalf of the agrochemical industry. Bottom left: Prof. Rebecca Ford presenting pathology research activities at Griffith University. Middle: Dr. Lisle Snyman presenting on pathology research at Hermitage Research Facility in Warwick. Right: Dr. Murray Sharman outlines DAFQ research activities and research capacities

A list of pathology research gaps/priorities and pathology capacities were identified, which will determine the northern pathology research direction. As a result of this meeting a northern grains pathologist directory is currently being developed for agronomists and growers so they know where to go for their crops disease issues.

Syngenta Australia co-sponsored the meeting which was facilitated by Mr. Paul McIntosh of Pulse Australia, with more than 46 participants representing stakeholders of the northern grains industry, such as: the GRDC; pathologists from Griffith University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and the University of Southern Queensland; government researchers from NSW-Department of Primary Industries and Queensland Department of Agriculture; agrochemical industry representative from Syngenta; agronomists from the Northern Grower Alliance, Landmark, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Pursehouse Rural and MCA Ag; and grower group representatives from Central Darling Downs Grower Group, TopCrop Grower Group and Michael Burgis & Associates. A great example of collaboration.

The meeting concluded with a tour of the Centre for Crop Health Research Facilities. 

Further Information

A list and full report can be requested from:
Dr. Dante L. Adorada
Research Fellow
University of Southern Queensland
Centre for Crop Health
Toowoomba, Qld 4350

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