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Daniel McAlpine Memorial Lecture

Dr Robert Magarey
Principal Research Scientist | Sugar Research Australia

Dirt-boot pathology in an international setting: experiences to learn from and enjoy.
The paper addresses disease issues related to Rob’s Australian and overseas sugarcane experience. Difficulties associated with working locally and overseas will be discussed and the challenges facing those who use both traditional and advanced technologies. Disease epidemics have been part and parcel of the Australian sugarcane industry; research to minimise the scale of these events and their economic effects, will be outlined. Situations as diverse as developing assays based on household bleach, to applying DNA technology to sugarcane juice, to chartering flights to remote parts of PNG are the type of activities undertaken by a ‘dirt-boot’ sugarcane pathologist. Running into a pack of barking dogs in Thailand is a different story.

Keynote speakers will include:

Professor Calum Wilson
Professor of Plant Pathology | University of Tasmania

Professor Duncan Cameron
Co-Director | The Institute for Sustainable Food at The University of Sheffield

Dr Laetitia Willocquet
AGIR | France

Associate Professor Lina Quesada
Associate Professor | Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University

Dr Roger Shivas
Honorary Professor | The University of Queensland

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