Pathologist visits Riverina
Nicola Wunderlich, a consultant with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and a plant pathologist, enjoyed spending some time in the Southern Riverina this month.
Ms Wunderlich has a background in plant pathology and has just completed a PhD at Charles Sturt University.
She first travelled to Australia in 1996 and has found a love of the country ever since.
During her time in Oz she spent about three years on and off again at Hector Bain’s Blighty property working as a farm hand, before moving to Wagga in 2000.
Ms Wunderlich cur- rently works for IRRI as a part-time consultant in the ever-developing rice industry.
She is now based in the Philippines for work and while back in the southern Riverina headed along to local consultations with rice farmers and Finley rice specialist John Lacy.
‘‘I have been looking at the interactions between John and the farmers,’’ she said.
Studying these interactions allows Ms Wunderlich to gain an understanding of how consultancy works in rural Australia as well as understanding how to gain trust and respect from farmers.
During her visit she also gained a first hand insight into the role that rice checks play in the rice industry.
Ms Wunderlich said that rice checks were all about gathering the knowledge that farmers have developed that works for them, their farm and the conditions they face.
Nicola Wunderlich in the Southern Riverina.