A valu­able tool

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AG FORUM -

An in­ter­na­tional guide to ad­dress­ing the chal­lenge of dis­eases in wheat and bar­ley has been launched, with John Curtin Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor Richard Oliver edit­ing the go-to ref­er­ence for the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Pro­fes­sor Oliver, from the Cen­tre for Crop and Dis­ease Man­age­ment, teamed up with more than 30 in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to pull to­gether the 368-page In­te­grated dis­ease man­age­ment of wheat and bar­ley, which looks at the lat­est re­search into fun­gal dis­eases of ce­re­als and the chal­lenges of pro­vid­ing in­te­grated dis­ease-man­age­ment strate­gies to com­bat them.

Two of the 16 chap­ters fea­ture in­put from the CCDM’s ce­real dis­ease theme leader Dr Caro­line Mof­fat and project leader Dr Si­mon Ell­wood.

Prof Oliver said with about 20 per cent of global crop pro­duc­tion lost to dis­eases, the re­search ref­er­ence guide from Burleigh Dodds Science Pub­lish­ing would be a valu­able tool for ce­real sci­en­tists across the world.

‘‘After many months of hard work, we now have an up-to-date, com­pre­hen­sive ref­er­ence that of­fers any­one in­volved in re­search­ing and manag­ing wheat and bar­ley the very lat­est re­search in­for­ma­tion,’’ Prof Oliver said.

‘‘This book not only tells us what we need to know on the re­search side, but also of­fers prac­ti­cal ad­vice, tools and man­age­ment strate­gies to help us tackle dis­ease and fungi­cide re­sis­tance in two of the world’s most im­por­tant crops.’’

Prof Oliver not only edited the book, but also con­trib­uted to one of its chap­ters, look­ing at the oc­cur­rence and avoid­ance of fungi­cide re­sis­tance in ce­real dis­eases. ■ The In­te­grated dis­ease man­age­ment of wheat and bar­ley is avail­able for purchase in its en­tirety or as chap­ters at: https:// shop.bd­spub­lish­ing.com/check­out/ Store/bds/De­tail/WorkGroup/ 3-190-72711

Go-to ref­er­ence . . . John Curtin Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor Richard Oliver has worked on an in­ter­na­tional guide to ad­dress the chal­lenge of dis­eases in wheat and bar­ley.

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