Enhancing awareness of the threat of root-lesion nematodes in India (78AIC grants 2016)

3 November 2016

Sector: Science, Technology and Innovation
Country location: India, Australia
Grantee: University of Southern Queensland

Dr Rebecca Zwart and  the Crop Nematology team, including Professor John Thompson (not pictured),  Jason Sheedy, Roslyn Reen, Tim Clewett, Dr Kirsty Owen and Neil Robinson, from  the University of Southern Queensland's Centre for Crop Health, prepare to  share their expertise in monitoring and reducing the impact of root-lesion  nematodes on chickpea and wheat in India. (Credit: Grace Yu, University of  Southern Queensland)
Dr Rebecca Zwart and the Crop Nematology team, including Professor John Thompson (not pictured), Jason Sheedy, Roslyn Reen, Tim Clewett, Dr Kirsty Owen and Neil Robinson, from the University of Southern Queensland's Centre for Crop Health, prepare to share their expertise in monitoring and reducing the impact of root-lesion nematodes on chickpea and wheat in India. (Credit: Grace Yu, University of Southern Queensland)

Project Description

Root-lesion nematodes (RLN) have a detrimental economic impact on crop production globally and are emerging as a serious constraint to chickpea production in India. These microscopic soil pests are often underestimated biotic stresses that escape the attention of farmers and researchers owing to indistinct above-ground symptoms. The Crop Nematology team at the University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) Centre for Crop Health are world leaders in researching integrated nematode management options and have produced valuable results for Australian growers, which sustainably reduce RLN and improve crop yields.

Their research has successfully reduced the potential cost due to RLN on the Australian grains (wheat) industry from 433 million AUD to 123 million AUD. This new project will showcase USQ's Centre for Crop Health's excellence in RLN research in a one day seminar at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute campus in New Delhi to increase the awareness of RLN in India. It will be followed by a 5-day intensive practical training workshop at Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur, to engage Indian scientists in RLN research and develop future collaboration.

Key dates

  • Visit of Dr S.P. Tiwari, Professor Nematology, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University (JNKVV), Jabalpur, India to Australia - 11 September 2016 to 22 September 2016.
  • Full day seminar, New Delhi, India, 03 February 2017
  • 5-day intensive workshop, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jabalpur, India, 06 February 2017 to 10 February 2017

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Australia-India Council grant offer: $47,456.00

Total project value: $47,456.00



Last Updated: 3 November 2016