The program has been released for the Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium in May and delegates are in for a treat.

The symposium, which will be held at the National Wine Centre from 11-12 May 2022, has a theme of ‘Partnerships for greater research impact’ and offers a fascinating mix of topics and speakers including:

  • Ben Harris, Viticulture Manager, Australia & New Zealand Treasury Wine Estates, speaking about ‘Biosecurity insights from the vineyard’
  • Dr Piotr Trebicki, Agriculture Victoria, speaking about ‘Insect vectors of Xylella’
  • Julie Pattemore, DAWE, speaking about ‘PEQ screening at the border’
  • Dr Rachel Mann, Agriculture Victoria Horticulture & Wine Australia, speaking about ‘Development of rapid infield diagnostics for Xylella’
  • Pablo Zarco-Tejada, University of Melbourne, speaking about ‘Use of hyperspectral analysis to detect plant pathogens’
  • Murray Sharman, DAF, speaking about ‘virus surveillance in the cotton industry’
  • Federico Tomasetto, B3/AGR, speaking about ‘Remote Sensing Methods for Biosecurity Surveillance, Response and Eradication: NZ Maize crop as a case study’
  • Nick Dry, Foundation Viticulture, speaking about ‘Propagation standards – challenges and opportunities’

“This is just a taste of the program, which offers two days of biosecurity insights spanning many different sectors over the two days,” said Dr Jo Luck, Program Director at the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative, the event organiser.

“We’re excited to bring such a diverse group of speakers together to share their experiences, for the benefit of Australia’s biosecurity system, our communities and our industries.”

The full program is available here.

Registration is open now. Early bird pricing is on offer until 25 March for $195 for the two days, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days. Click here to register.

Dr Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen, Dr Piotr Trebicki and Craig Elliot at the 2021 Symposium.