Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference
25-28 November 2019 Melbourne, Australia
Strong Foundations, Future Innovations

Full Program - Tuesday 26 November

Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
7:00am Registration opens
08:30 - 09:00 Welcome to country
Conference opening
Keynote address – Lois Ransom
09:00 - 09:30 Presidential address
Brett Summerell 
09:30 - 10:30 The EMBO Keynote Lecture
The edge of tomorrow—Plant health in the 21st century
Sophien Kamoun 
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 Concurrent Session 1
Session Name Plant-Microbe Interactions 1 Agrichemicals & Managing Chemical Resistance 1 Community & Industry Engagement Innovations in Detection & Diagnosis Foliar & Postharvest Diseases
Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
Session Chair Carl Mesarich Len Tesoriero Nigel Crump Rebekah Frampton Paul Taylor
Co-Chair Erin Hill Rachael Warren Shakira Johnson Dilani De Silva Jade Rose
11:00 - 11:15 #29
Viral suppressors of RNA silencing in grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3
Waqas Ahmad
Fungicide resistance characterised across six chemical classes in a Botrytis cinerea population from Australian vineyards.
Lincoln Harper
Crop disease information and support at your fingertips
Kellyanne Harris
PathogenFinder – a tool to fast track plant viruses and viroids quarantine testing at the border
Roberto Barrero
Mating types of Teratosphaeria leaf and stem pathogens of plantation-grown Eucalyptus
Janneke Aylward
11:15 - 11:30 #4
Saving an iconic forest species: can knowledge of molecular plant-pathogen interactions help in the fight against Kauri dieback?
Rosie E. Bradshaw
Microfluidic lab-on-chip for high-throughput fungicide screening against Alternaria spp.
Sehrish Iftikhar
Indigenous responses to native plant species impacted on by the arrival of new diseases
Alby Marsh
Specific and sensitive electrochemical detection of Botrytis spp. in temperate legume crops
Marzia Bilkiss
Evidence for transmission of Cercospora beticola on table beet seed
Noel Knight
11:30 - 11:45 #49
Characterisation of chitin synthases from Fusarium graminearum
Linda Brain
Powdery mildew and fungicide resistance: evaluation of in-vivo and in-planta bioassays
Ismail Ismail
Participatory development of a transport risk model for the movement of bulk citrus among state interior HLB quarantine zones in California
Neil McRoberts
Enhanced disease detection using proximal sensing and machine learning
Kar Mun Chooi
Atypical sexual reproduction of Colletotrichum tanaceti
Ruvini Lelwala
11:45 - 12:00 #168
Pro-domain inclusion for efficient expression and purification of fungal effectors facilitating structural, biochemical and functional studies
Megan Outram
Meta-analysis of fungicide application trials for the management of powdery mildew in mungbean.
Paul Melloy
Diagnostic and surveillance networking is key to biosecurity success
Natalie O'Donnell
Improving and developing diagnostics for high throughput identification of viruses
Fiona Filardo
Introduction of a leaf-smut fungus for biological control of the environmental weed wandering trad in Australia
Louise Morin
12:00 - 12:15 #59
Interaction of a plant virus protein with the scaffolding Cajal body protein coilin facilitates salicylic acid-mediated plant defence responses
Michael Taliansky
Evaluating effects of acibenzolar-S-methyl in Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis 'Zesy002' kiwifruit
Tony Reglinski
An indigenous response to the management of myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) threatening susceptible taonga (treasured) Myrtaceae plants in New Zealand
Amanda Black
New achievements for diagnostics of banana streak virus
Ha Ngo
Production of fumonisins by Aspergillus species in Australian vineyards
Dilhani Perera
12:15 - 12:30 #67
A specific fungal transcription factor controls effector gene expression and orchestrates the establishment of the necrotrophic pathogen lifestyle
Kar-Chun Tan
Digital PCR improves detection and quantification of fungicide resistance in Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei
Katherine G. Zulak
Indigenous approaches in forest management and biosecurity in response to kauri dieback (Phytophthora agathicidicida) in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Nick Waipara
High-throughput sequencing for Xylella fastidiosa surveillance: evaluation and optimization of pipelines for data acquisition and analysis
Luciano Rigano
Biology and epidemiology of smut (Ustilago cynodontis) in couch grass
Nga Tran
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:45 Concurrent Session 2
Session Name Pathogenomics 1 Integrated Disease Management Surveillance and Incursion Response Monitoring and Diagnostics 1 Soilborne Diseases and Pests 1
Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
Session Chair Don Gardiner Eileen Scott Suzy Perry Juliane Henderson Kirsty Owen
Co-Chair Saidi Achari Brittany Oswald Louise Shuey Bianca Rodriquez-Jardim Hazel Gaza
13:15 - 13:30 #58
Rapid evolutionary adaptation of powdery mildew fungi leads to the break-down of barley mlo resistance
Stefan Kusch
Options for managing Rhizoctonia solani in sugar beet
Mohamed Khan
General surveillance function of plant diagnostic clinics: new detections by Crop Health Services, Agriculture Victoria, 2017-2019
Ramez Aldaoud
The development of robust molecular diagnostic assays for Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense from environmental samples
Diane Mostert
Are "minor" pathogens playing a major role? Identification of oomycete species contributing to yield loss in Australian processing tomatoes
Sophia Callaghan
13:30 - 13:45 #125
Transcriptome analysis of resistant and susceptible sugarcane cultivars infected with root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica and identification of SNP markers linked to resistance.
Meredith McNeil
Can Sclerotinia stem rot be controlled by using cultural practices alone in canola?
Ravjit Khangura
Established non-native forest pests and pathogens in Australia — accumulation, response to detection, and impact
Angus Carnegie
Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) detection of Calonectria ilicicola, Dactylonectria macrodidyma and the Dactylonectria genus in avocado roots
Louisamarie Parkinson
Comparison of the reproduction and pathogenicity of isolates of Radopholus similis (burrowing nematode) from Australia and Fiji on ginger (Zingiber officinale) and banana (Musa spp.)
Jennifer Cobon
13:45 - 14:00 #376
Identification of species-specific effector candidates in host-specific scab fungi.
Kim Plummer
The potential and progress toward eradication of Fiji leaf gall from Australia
Robert Magarey
Patho Blitz - an Atherton Tableland first
Kathy Grice
Does timing of sporangia production and zoospore release influence the recovery of different Phytophthora species by baiting?
Suchana Rani Sarker
Resistant potato cultivars, an undervalued management tool for the potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 on infested land in Australia.
Rudolf de Boer
14:00 - 14:15 #207
Investigating the 'double life' of Phytophthora cinnamomi
Barry William Schroeter
The New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard: Ensuring high quality planting material to the New Zealand wine industry
Robin MacDiarmid
Genomic analysis of a Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae outbreak in Australian kiwifruit production
Rachel Mann
Evaluating a protocol for the elution of Plasmopara viticola DNA from FTA® cards. 
Andrew Taylor
Organic amendments: stimulation of nematode trapping fungi, Arthrobotrys musiformis and A. oligospora
Khoa Le
14:15 - 14:30 #146
The stem rust fungus Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici induces waves of small RNAs with opposing profiles during wheat infection
Jana Sperschneider
Improved management options for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus
Merran Neilsen
Innovative plant pathogen diagnostics using metabarcoding on biosecurity surveillance traps
Conrad Trollip
Disease risk assessment of poppy downy mildew using qPCR analysis of two Peronospora spp. in naturally-infested soil
Tamilarasan Thangavel
Verticillium wilt management using organic soil amendments - in search for parameters of disease suppressiveness
Mee-Yung Shin
14:30 - 14:45 #16
Using comparative transcriptomics to dissect host specific virulence effectors of wheat and barley pathogen Bipolaris sorokiniana
Haochen Wei
An integrated approach to manage Fusarium wilt on bananas
Anthony Pattison
Presence, absence, eradication and disappearance: potato diseases in Western Australia
Margaret Uloth
Leveraging metabarcoding to develop a molecular method to detect and quantify grapevine trunk disease-associated fungi present in New Zealand vineyards
Bhanupratap Vanga
Understanding Verticillium inoculum levels in cotton soil
Shelby Young
14:45 - 15:15 Afternoon Tea
15:15 - 16:15 Plenary 2
Extracellular vesicles as key mediators of plant-microbe interactions
Roger Innes   
16:15 - 17:15 Plenary 3
Cross-Kingdom RNAi between plants and fungal pathogens
Hailing Jin
17:15 - 18:15 Poster session 1 with happy hour


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