Root of problem sees scientist Morocco-bound
30 August 2017
Knowledge of a key disease in cereal crops will see one of Victoria's experts travel across the world this month.
Dr Grant Hollaway from Agriculture Victoria at Horsham will soon head to Morocco to make a keynote address to the sixth International Cereal Nematodes Symposium.
Nematodes are estimated to cause losses of about $140 million in wheat and barley crops across south-eastern Australia alone.
Dr Hollaway will present on the economic importance, population dynamics and control of root lesion nematodes in wheat crops in southern Australia. His presentation will draw on his research within Agriculture Victoria, with his involvement starting in 1992.
And while he is keen to share his own extensive knowledge on the subject, Dr Hollaway said conferences like these were important to learn what was happening around the world with research.
"Improved nematode management strategies will benefit cereal growers by enabling them reduce the size of the losses suffered," Dr Hollaway said.
"I will gain knowledge from the latest research into nematode control internationally to assist Victorian grain growers to minimise losses from nematodes."
Dr Hollaway is considered a world expert on the subject of nematodes. He leads Agriculture Victoria's crop pathology research group at Horsham and provides leadership to eight research projects. He regularly provides advice to the industry on nematode control and to the Grains Research Development Corporation on research priorities.
Dr Hollaway said he looked forward to interacting with other scientists and working towards limiting the effects of nematodes for southern Australia.
"It's a terrific opportunity to not only share what we know in Australia, but to find out where the rest of the world is at with nematode research," he said.
Prof. German Spangenberg, Agriculture Victoria's Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Research, said "Agriculture Research is at the global forefront of research into plant and animal pests and diseases".
"The inclusion of Dr Hollaway's research in this international event is confirmation of the standing in which our scientists are held," he said.
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