Centre for Phytophthora Science & Management (CPSM)


CPSM welcomes SARDI disease diagnostician, Sue Pederick

The CPSM recently hosted Sue Pederick, a plant disease diagnostician from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). SARDI is South Australia’s principal research institute, and has provided stakeholders with innovative, world-leading research and development solutions for more than 20 years. SARDI offers a diagnostics service, where they mostly focus on agricultural pests and diseases, but also process samples from forestry and conservation bushland.

Sue is the senior diagnostician at SARDI, and has worked in the diagnostics lab for over 10 years. She has a lot of experience working with various fungal, bacterial and viral plant pathogens, as well as nematodes. She came to the CPSM as she wanted to improve her Phytophthora diagnostic skills. Sue worked alongside CPSM students and staff for 7 days. During this time, she collected and baited samples from an infested area, learning our baiting techniques and how the CPSM diagnostics service operates. She also learned how to identify our most commonly isolated Phytophthora species using microscopy and morphological characteristics. Sue also had the opportunity to complete the Green Card Training offered by the Dieback Working Group, as well as attend the annual Dieback Information Group Conference.

We enjoyed working with Sue in the lab, and learnt as much from her as she did from us.

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