Pathol­o­gist vis­its Rive­rina

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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.

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