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Workshops - $100.00 per person, per workshop

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Workshops are planned for Monday 20 and Friday 24 November at the University of Adelaide or Plant Research Centre, SARDI, Waite Campus and include:
  • Return bus transport, departing from/returning to the National Wine Centre of Australia,
  • Morning tea, 
  • Lunch,
  • Light refreshments.

Please note, capacity is limited for each Workshop so we encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment! 

Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday 20 November

Workshop 1: Breaking Ground in Australian Nematology

Monday 20 November 2023
Location: Student Teaching Wing laboratory, Charles Hawker Building, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae
Bus: Departs National Wine Centre at 8.15am; Return collection from Waite Campus at 5.15pm
9:00am - 5:00pmPresenters: Dr Mike Hodda - CSIRO, Canberra ACT;  Dr Katherine Linsell - SARDI, Urrbrae SA; Dr Sarah Collins - DPIRD, Perth WA; Dr Rebecca Zwart - University of Southern QLD, Toowoomba QLD; Plus Guest Presenters


A workshop on what’s breaking in nematology. We have new species to discuss (in the turf world) known species that are not what we thought (like cereal cyst nematode), new species that we definitely didn’t want (Root knot nematode findings in our north) and new information on species that cause huge economic losses annually in Australian agriculture. We also have techniques for nematode extraction, inoculum in glasshouse trials and in the molecular world. 

Hear from those closest to these changes, discuss what they might mean, and have a look at the nematodes in question.   Then finish by engaging with a panel of nematologists on where nematology is going and should concentrate in the years ahead. With panellists ranging from the recently converted to very experienced, and questions from the floor, we hope this will be a lively session to end the day!

Workshop 2: Grapevine Virology 101

Monday 20 November 2023
Location: Student Teaching Wing laboratory, Charles Hawker Building, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae
Bus: Departs National Wine Centre at 8.50am; Return collection from Waite Campus at 3.30pm
10:00am -
Presenters: Dr Monica Kehoe - DPIRD, South Perth WA; Dr Fiona Constable - AgVic, Bundoora, VIC


During this workshop we will cover the basics of Grapevine Virology in Australia. We will cover: 

  • Information on the viruses themselves, what we know about them in the Australian context. Monica Kehoe, Kamalpreet Kaur and Dr Fiona Constable
    • Updates on recent research including:
      • The prevalence and diversity of grapevine Pinot gris virus in Australia. Kamalpreet Kaur
      • Molecular Epidemiology of Shiraz Disease with an Emphasis on Grapevine Virus A. Dr. Qi Wu
      • A snapshot of vineyard health in Victoria. Dr. Cliff Kinoti
      • New technologies for virus detection. Dr. Tonny Kinene
      • An update on the status of grapevine red blotch virus in Australia. Dr. Monica Kehoe, Kamalpreet Kaur and Dr Fiona Constable
      • Establishing the National Grapevine Collection. Nick Dry
      • Vine improvement: A national network. Chris Bennett

  • An introduction to the Sampling Protocol for Virus Diagnostics, including how to sample/submit to diagnostic services

  • An introduction to the Australian Grapevine Virology Technical Committee

  • Discussion on the latest diagnostic test development, and future directions

Workshop 3: New Approaches for Surveillance and Monitoring of Plant Pathogens

Monday 20 November 2023
Location: Plant Research Centre, SARDI, Meeting Room 1 and 2, Gate 2B Hartley Grove, Urrbrae
Bus: Departs National Wine Centre at 8.50am; Return collection from Waite Campus at 4.15pm
10:00am - 4:00pmPresenters: Dr Rohan Kimber - Crop Sciences, SARDI SA; Prof Jon West, Protecting Crops and the Environment Group, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom;  Plus Guest Presentations/Demonstrations from Dr Walt Mahaffee, Dr Ismail Ismail, Dr Mohsen Khani, Dr Andrew Baker, Lewis Collins, and Dr Michelle Demers

Allocation Exhausted


This workshop will demonstrate and discuss common and innovative spore trapping systems for the surveillance of airborne plant pathogens related to plant health. It will be held at SARDI’s Plant Health Surveillance laboratory in the Plant Research Centre located at the Waite Research Institute. Researchers with interests in spore trapping, digital & mechatronic technologies, diagnostic techniques and data visualisation to end-users are encouraged to attend. The agenda will comprise of presentations, hands-on demonstrations and discussion sessions with the aim to facilitate a collaborative and interactive forum to overview emerging technologies and platforms, advantages and disadvantages, and present opportunities these offer aerobiological research and the surveillance of airborne plant pathogens. This includes drawing on the expertise of Professor Jon West (Rothamsted Research), who is internationally recognised in his research on aerobiology, and will co-chair this workshop

Post-Conference Workshop - Friday 24 November

Workshop 5: Xylella

Friday 24 November 2023
Location: Student Teaching Wing laboratory, Charles Hawker Building, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road, Urrbrae
Bus: Departs National Wine Centre at 8.15am; Return collection from Waite Campus at 3.15pm. Bus will drop off at National Wine Centre and then Adelaide Airport (by approx 4.00pm) - baggage storage will be available.
9:00am - 3:00pmPresenters: Dr Toni Chapman - DPI NSW, Menangle; Dr Monica Kehoe - DPIRD, South Perth WA


Xylella spp. our number one exotic plant pest. During this session we will share our knowledge and images on the disease, sampling of live and dormant plant material and the new National Diagnostic protocol and why the assays in the NDP were selected. We will show you what type of plant material to collect and how to process it. This session is aimed at anyone interested in Xylella from our biosecurity policy makers, emergency response teams, diagnosticians and industry personnel.

  • Intro and Background on Xylella spp. (Toni Chapman)
  • Intro and Background on vectors (Piotr Trebicki)
  • A New Zealand perspective, given the presence of a vector (Luciano Rigano)
  • Provide knowledge on Xylella spp. and our learnings from our recent field trips
    • Europe (Toni Chapman, Monica Kehoe & Luciano Rigano)
    • America’s (Pragya Kant)
  • A guide to sampling in the field – field walk at WAITE
  • Present the new National Diagnostic Protocol and how the assays were selected and tested (Toni Chapman & Monica Kehoe)
  • Demonstrate the type of samples to collect and how to process them (Toni Chapman, Monica Kehoe & Luciano Rigano)
  • Importation of Xylella spp. and culture methods (Luciano Rigano)
  • Xylella fastidiosa learnings and perspectives from the National Xylella Coordinator (Craig Elliott)
  • Xylella spp. a Plant Health Perspective, including the NDP verification process (Rachel Mann)
  • Future perspectives and discussion (Toni Chapman, Monica Kehoe, Luciano Rigano, Piotr Trebicki)


Pre-Conference Developing Countries Workshop - Friday 17 November

Developing Countries Workshop

Friday 17 November 2023
Attendance by invitation only
2:00pm - 5:40pmOn behalf of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, the Crawford Fund and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), we are pleased to welcome our colleagues from developing countries in the Australasian region (namely South-East Asia and the Pacific) to the 2023 Australasian Plant Pathology Society Developing Countries Pre-Conference Workshop. The workshop sessions will cover a wide range of topics including biosecurity, diagnostics and emerging diseases in developing countries and include results from projects funded by sponsors.    

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a professional development opportunity to early career plant pathologists from Developing Countries. Presenters at the workshop have also been awarded a bursary which provides online registration to the APPS 2023 Conference as well as APPS membership. Bursary recipients are mentored by plant pathologists who are members of the Society and participate in pre-workshop communication sessions. Their abstracts and videos will be available on the post-conference on-demand platform.

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