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

Full Program - Wednesday 27 November

Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
8:00am Registration opens
08:30 - 09:30 Daniel McAlpine Lecture
Grapevine powdery mildew: from fundamental plant pathology to new and future vineyard technologies
Eileen Scott
09:30 - 10:30 Plenary 4
A biosecurity perspective of high-throughput sequencing for virus detection and diagnosis
Thierry Candresse 
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 Concurrent Session 3
Session Name Pathogenomics 2 Agrichemicals and Managing Chemical Resistance 2 Monitoring and Diagnostics 2 New & Emerging Diseases Soilborne Diseases and Pests 2
Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
Session Chair Peter Solomon Tony Reglinski David Lovelock Alistair McTaggart Robert Tegg
Co-Chair Meredith McNeil Karen Barry Rebecca Roach Sonia Fiorito Mee Yung Shin
11:00 - 11:15 #64
Transcriptome analysis of the Rhynchosporium commune infecting barley leaf to discover novel virulence factors of R. commune
Reynaldi Darma
Control of foliar bacterial diseases: alternatives to copper
Cherie Gambley
Development and application of a genome-informed loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the detection of Pseudomonas syringae pvs pisi and syringae
Pragya Kant
Palmageddon in Australia? A lethal disease of palms associated with a new phytoplasma in Cairns
Richard Davis
Colonisation of weeds by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense
Jay Anderson
11:15 - 11:30 #167
Whole genome sequencing of putative somatic hybrids between formae speciales of Puccinia graminis
Michelle N. K. Demers
Interspecies hybridisation and recombination events lead to the emergence of fungicide resistant clonal populations in Pyrenophora teres f. maculata
Wesley Mair
Molecular diagnosis of viruses causing yellowing and stunting symptoms affecting pulse crops in central west Asia and north Africa countries
Safaa Kumari
Genetic identity, epidemiology and management of faba bean (Vicia faba) gall disease in Ethiopia
Beyene Eshete
Root infections will make the long-term management of invasive Phytophthora agathidicida challenging in New Zealand kauri forests.
Stanley Bellgard
11:30 - 11:45 #203
Pan-genome and phylogeographic analysis of wheat-infecting Parastagonospora nodorum
Darcy Jones
Functional characterization of a putative histone acetyltransferase (PnESA1) gene to investigate its potential as a new fungicide target
Anjana Sharma
Rapid and sensitive detection of rice tungro virus by loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)
Fausiah Ladja
A new-to-science virus that infects karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus), an endemic tree of New Zealand, is strongly associated with chlorotic ring spot symptoms
Lee Rabbidge
Fusarium wilt of watermelons in southern Lao PDR – socio-economic impact and race determination
Lester Burgess
11:45 - 12:00 #261
Genome-wide association mapping analysis to identify genomic regions associated with virulence in Pyrenophora teres f. teres
Anke Martin
Blackleg in Australia: resistance groups, fungicide resistance and upper canopy infection
Alexander Idnurm
Detached leaf assay to determine the host range and pathogenicity of citrus canker bacteria (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri A*) causing the current Northern Territory outbreak
Blessy Pathrose
Spread, distribution and infection biology of banana blood disease (Ralstonia syzygii subsp. celebesensis)
Jane Ray
Metabolomic approaches for the discrimination of disease suppressive soils for Rhizoctonia solani in cereal crops  using 1H NMR and LC-MS and identification of potential biomarkers
Helen Hayden
12:00 - 12:15 #267
Identification of candidate virulence genes from the apple pathogen Neonectria ditissima
Brogan McGreal
Spatial and temporal distribution of copper-resistant strains of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae in a kiwifruit orchard and their control using copper
Joel L. Vanneste
Assay validation in diagnostics: the missing link?
Vivian Rincon Florez
Soft rots of the Pectobacteriaceae – an old foe or an emerging threat to Australian horticulture?
Rachel Mann
Influence of pre-conditioning and germination temperatures on the carpogenic germinability of diverse Sclerotinia sclerotorium populations within the south-western Australian grain belt
Pippa Michael
12:15 - 12:30 #240 Small RNA profiling of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum while infecting Brassica napus
Roshan Regmi
Widespread resistance to SDHI fungicides in New Zealand populations of the barley pathogen Ramularia collo-cygni
Rachael M Warren
Development of new diagnostic antibodies for Banana bunchy top virus
Megan Vance
A review of fungal pathogens associated with pyrethrum yield decline in Australia
Paul Taylor
Phytophthora and allies along a river salinity gradient
Bevan Weir
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Poster Session 2
14:00 - 15:30 Concurrent Session 4
Session Name Plant-Microbe Interactions 2 Resistance Breeding and Management Taxonomy & Phylogeny Disease Surveys and Monitoring 1 Agricultural Microbiomes
Location Room 106 Room 105 Room 104 Room 103 Room 101 & 102
Session Chair Candace Elliott Jason Sheedy Tom May Narelle Nancarrow Helen Hayden
Co-Chair Andrea Matthews Virginia Wainaina Mwape Reannon Smith Sophia Callaghan Jatinder Kaur
14:00 - 14:15 #257
Towards an understanding of virulence mechanisms in the necrotrophic fungal phytopathogen Neonectria ditissima, the causal agent of European canker of apple
Joanna Bowen
Discovery of diverse sources of stripe rust resistance from pre-Green Revolution wheat genotypes and their deployment in future wheat cultivars
Harbans Bariana
Re-inventory of Australia's plant pathogen reference collections – why is it important and what is being done?
Jacqueline Edwards
Monitoring shifts in the pathogen population of Ascochyta lentis in southern Australia
Sara Blake
Towards sub-species resolution profiling of plant and soil microbiomes
Paul Dennis
14:15 - 14:30 #48
Isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles from Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum
Donovan Garcia Ceron
Understanding the impact of management in canola to reduce the incidence of sclerotinia stem rot
Sarita Bennett
Australia: A continent without native powdery mildews?
Levente Kiss
Dashboards – a novel method for visual interrogation of large data sets
Margaret Evans
Suppression of crown and root rots in wheat by endophytic Trichoderma gamsii
Paul Harvey
14:30 - 14:45 #118
Host susceptibility factor, MLO, supports fungal symbiosis and pathogenesis
Catherine Jacott
Trials and tribulations — Ramularia leaf spot of barley in New Zealand
Soonie Chng
Identification of rust fungi in Australia a century after McAlpine
Alistair McTaggart
Distribution of viruses infecting shallot in Indonesia and the potential of true shallot seed as virus-free plant material
Sri Hidayat
Effect of copper on the leaf epiphytic microbiome of kiwifruit
Toan Phuoc Hong
14:45 - 15:00 #405
Fol SIX6: a semi-specific necrosis-inducing protein
Pravin Khambalkar
A new class of gene confers resistance in barley to Puccinia hordei
Hoan Dinh
A revision of Phytophthora parsiana complex
Reza Mostowfizadeh-Ghalamfarsa
Avocado sunblotch viroid: present status and future prospects of the pathogen in South Africa
Anna Jooste
Seed microbiomes of pasture species and their role in plant protection and plant growth
Ross Mann
15:00 - 15:15 #62
Dissecting the dual functionality of the Tox3 effector protein from the wheat pathogen Parastagonospora nodorum
Peter Solomon
Investigation of the basis behind selection of superior and inferior garlic lines from uniformly virus-infected cultivars
Sari Nurulita
Towards improving phytoplasma taxonomy using phylogenetics and phylogenomics: A focus on Australian 16Sr II phytoplasmas
Bianca Rodrigues Jardim
The incidence and genetic diversity of viruses infecting Prunus species in Australia
Wycliff Kinoti
Community structure and functional potential of endophytes of the New Zealand native medicinal plant Pseudowintera colorata (horopito)
Neeraj Purushotham
15:15 - 15:30 #202
The flax-rust effector AvrM14 is a nudix hydrolyse with mRNA decapping activity
Simon Williams
Strong indication of susceptibility of faba bean (Vicia faba) genotypes to the root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei, under field conditions
Kirsty Owen
Molecular phylogenetic resolution of Podosphaera clandestina in Australia from 130 year old herbarium specimens
Reannon Smith
Cotton diseases: the 'big four' in New South Wales
Duy Le
The temporally and spatially dynamic endomicrobiome of New Zealand myrtaceous species is diverse and contains members that inhibit germination of urediniospores
Hayley Ridgway
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea
16:00 - 17:00 Plenary 5
Pursuing durable, broad-spectrum disease resistance in plants
Jan Leach
17:00 - 18:00 APPS AGM
19:00 APPS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner


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