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Plant X - talk with Dr. Toni Chapman

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Plant X - Presents Dr.Toni Chapman discussing bacterial pathogens in plants and how this affects agricultural production.

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Plant X online program will be presented by the Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub, DPI - Plant Pathology - Orange, with leading scientists and artists, with Dr.Toni Chapman .

Toni will be featured as part of the Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub, online video, and talks for National Science Week 2020.

Toni is currently working at the NSW Department of Primary Industries is as a Plant Bacteriologist which has two components as a diagnostician and a researcher. As a diagnostician, I examine sick plants and determine what is the cause of infection. If it is bacterial then I work to determine the identity of that bacteria. The other aspect of my job is as a scientific researcher. For this, we investigate bacterial pathogens and look at their DNA to determine how similar they are to each other and how to identify them through the development of laboratory tests. We also determine if these differences in the DNA change its ability to cause disease in the plant.

Toni studied at the University of Western Sydney doing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology, I then completed an Honours degree and continued to do a Ph.D. at the University of Wollongong. For my PhD, I studied the bacteria that caused diarrhea in young piglets. I then worked on research projects developing probiotic bacteria that could help the piglets fight these pathogens. Around 11 years ago a job came up working in plant research so I applied and was successful and now I am a Plant Bacteriologist.

Though the identification and understanding of bacterial pathogens we can help our growers understand what they are dealing with and the options they have to help protect their crop. We also develop diagnostic assays for bacteria that we don’t have in Australia. If we can identify these pathogens faster, we can reduce the likelihood that they stay in Australia and cause disease in our plants/crops.

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Inspiring Australia

Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub

DPI - Plant Pathology - Orange NSW

the CORRIDOR project - Cowra NSW

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