Sector: Science, Technology and Innovation
Country location: India, Australia
Grantee: University of Southern Queensland
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.
- 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
Social media accounts: @CCH_USQ; @IAGE_USQ; @USQNews; @usqedu; @USQVC; @JulieBishopMP; @dfat; #AustraliaIndia; #research; #highereducation; #science; #agriculture; #nematodes; #AusIndia Council, #USQResearch, #thinkingworks. Twitter is USQ's main social media site, Facebook is not used.
Australia-India Council grant offer: $47,456.00
Total project value: $47,456.00