The 2020 Sydney Institute of Agriculture Research Showcase was held on Wednesday 7 October 2020 as an online webinar.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Australia benefits strongly from an attentive research sector who manage plant health through directed breeding, basic research, applied intervention and community education. IYPH will set the benchmark for further study, investment and practical outcomes, which helps ensure greater Plant Health can be achieved to support food production and agricultural sustainability for the greater community.
This year we highlight the advances in Plant Health Research at the University of Sydney and across Australia. The symposium included the following topic sessions, which stretch across the Plant Health and Plant Productivity spectrums so important to agricultural sustainability in Australia:
In 2020, the symposium was held via an online webinar to overcome the restrictions and ensure the safety of the attendees created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reflections on plant health management and its national and global importance
Greg Fraser, Formerly Executive Director and CEO, Plant Health Australia
Session 1: National and Global Perspective on Plant Health
Session 2: Healthy Food Crops → Healthy Humans
Session 3: On-farm Plant Health Intervention
Session 4: Off-farm plant and environmental health, biodiversity and resilience
'180-second spiel' Thesis Challenge
In three minutes, postgraduate students present a compelling talk on their thesis and its significance to the agriculture sector.