The Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium is a biennial conference which provides a cross-industry platform and international forum to share the latest developments in soilborne disease control and the opportunity for participants including researchers, students and end users to forge new collaborations.
1 July 2018
10 September 2018
Australasian Plant Pathology Society: Dr Gupta Vadakattu
Stakeholders in the management soilborne diseases need a way to exchange ideas, share latest developments and network with each other.
The Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium provides up-to-date information and a place to interact for researchers and growers.
The core objectives of the project were to:
In the field
The event was held in Adelaide between 4–7 September 2018.
The attendees heard from a range of national and international experts. There were over 50 oral presentations and 28 poster presentations, providing diverse expertise and an environment for participants to develop new collaborations while learning about the latest developments in pathogen diagnostics, ecology and disease management.
Presentations by keynote speakers included topics related to disease suppression, rhizosphere microbiology, diagnostics and new concepts for disease management through manipulation of the plant microbiome, resistance and biosecurity.
Value for growers
The conference benefited growers (~20% of participants) directly with the opportunity to attend and learn about the latest information in soilborne diseases. It also indirectly benefits growers as a stimulus that promotes diverse collaborations and advancements in soil disease understanding and management techniques.