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CRC60017: Detection in Pathogen Mixtures - PhD

This project will develop tools for plant pathogen recognition to support rapid response to disease threats.

What is the biosecurity problem?

The development of tools for pathogen recognition enabling rapid response has been listed as one of the top issues to improve Australia's preparedness to deal with emerging disease threats.

The main outputs of this project are to:

  • develop methodology for DNA detection of airborne pathogens from spore traps using known model systems.
  • develop methodology for monitoring exotic and unknown pathogens in spore traps (using community analysis DNA methods such as T-RFLP).
  • develop and evaluate alternative eradication strategies for high priority emergency plant pests affecting industries based on perennial species.

Who will be the end-users of this research?

This project will deliver a new PhD graduate trained in plant pathology with specific skills in pathogen detection and monitoring. The graduate will be available for employment within the Australian plant biosecurity system, enhancing Australia's capacity for pathogen recognition and enabling rapid responses to emergency plant pests.


Ms Bonny Vogelzang
Student CRC60017: Detection in Pathogen Mixtures - PhD
Phone: 08 8303 9390
Fax: 08 8303 9393

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Dr Jenny Davidson , SARDI
Supervising Institution
University of Adelaide
July 2006 - June 2009