CHAMBERS, Grant

Grant Chambers

Research interests

Detection of citrus viruses and viroids by biological indexing and laboratory techniques.

Background

Since 1997, Grant has held a number of positions while working at Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute. He is currently a Professional Officer involved with citrus pathogen indexing and this has been in this role for seven years.

Grant’s primary role is testing for the presence of various pathogens for the Auscitrus Budwood and Seed Scheme by using biological indexing and laboratory-based techniques.

In addition to diagnostic work, the position also involves research and development. It is important that we are using the latest techniques available, to ensure reliability and efficiency of disease testing. Existing laboratory techniques may be improved, or techniques recently published in the literature may be adapted and optimised to local conditions.

Qualifications

B.Biotechnology (Hons) – University of Wollongong, 1997

Current projects

I am primarily responsible for the testing for the presence of various pathogens for the Auscitrus Budwood and Seed Scheme using biological indexing and laboratory-based techniques.

Involved in maintaining a virus free collection of citrus varieties associated with a HAL funded project ‘Evaluating new varieties and ensuring healthy budwood’.

Removal of  graft transmissible pathogens from selected varieties by shoot tip grafting

Recent publications

Donovan N and Chambers G (2007) Insuring the nation’s ‘mother’ trees. Australian Citrus News, April/May 82: 26-27

Donovan N and Chambers G (2006) What’s in your budwood? Australian Citrus News, August/September 82: 24-25

Professional associations and activities

  • Member of the International Organisation of Citrus Virologists (IOCV)
  • Member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS)

Fields of research

  • 070603 Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Citrus pathology
  • Citrus viruses and viroids
  • Citrus budwood and seed scheme