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Darwin hosting international plant pathology conference

[ 21/04/2011 ]

Experts from the NT Department of Resources’ Primary Industry Division will join international speakers at the inaugural joint conference of the Asian Conference on Plant Pathology and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre next week (April 26-29 plus workshops on April 25-26 and April 30-May 1).
Senior plant pathologist Barry Conde and the CSIRO’s Mike Hodda from the ACT will take delegates on a tour of vegetable farms in the Darwin area to view root knot nematode problems before leading a nematology workshop discussing nematodes in the Asia-Pacific –  China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji and northern Australia.

Plant pathologist Andrew Daly and senior extension officer Megan Connelly will lead an orchard tour of Darwin’s rural area looking at mangoes and other crops such as rambutans, citrus and cut-flowers. They’ll discuss the major diseases of these crops and options for their control.

The conference theme, New Frontiers in Plant Pathology for Asia and Oceania, has attracted 400 delegates from all parts of the Asia and Pacific region and an impressive array of keynote speakers.

These include Les Baxter from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Professor Matthew Bellgard from the WA Centre for Comparative Genomics, forensic plant pathologist Dr Ochoa Corona from the University of Oklahoma, Ratana Sdoodee from Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University, Jim Stack, the Professor of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University, XuDong Zhou from the Chinese Academy of Forestry and Dr Susamto Somowiyarjo from Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University.
Further details about the conference can be found at

To access sessions or for interviews, please contact Gina Shaw or conference logistics staff at the registration desk.