March 11, 2015
The 2015 Annual Diagnosticians Workshop took place on 17-18 February at University House at the Australian National University. The workshop was attended by about 60 people and brought together pathologists and entomologists to enhance communication, and to share ideas and experience.
The two day workshop was flanked by professional development courses for diagnosticians on the identification of aphids and aphid-borne viruses.
The session on aphids was delivered by Cameron Brumby from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. He was able to pass on experience gained through the laboratory residential program of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network from residential placements with the Australian National Insect Collection and with the Canadian National Collection of Insects.
The formation of a network and holding the Annual Diagnosticians Workshop arose from the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy for the purpose of strengthening relationships between diagnosticians in Australia, which it is indeed achieving.
Applications for the 2015-16 round of residential placements is open until 10 April 2015.