Toni joined NSW DPI (Tamworth Agricultural Institute) as a research officer in cereal pathology in 2017 after completing her BSc (Hons) at the University of New England (UNE) in 2016. Toni works within the cereal disease management team who are recognised for developing and extending successful integrated disease management strategies. These strategies support growers in limiting losses to winter cereal diseases in the Northern grains region (NSW and Qld).
Toni is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Grains Agronomy and Pathology Partnership PhD Scholarship, commenced 2019) under the supervision of Dr Steven Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI), Associate Professor David Backhouse (UNE) and Dr Graham Brodie (UniMelb). Toni’s project (BLG211) investigates the epidemiology and novel control of winter cereal pathogens in the northern grains region. Toni is specifically interested in stubble-borne pathogens which survive between cropping seasons in cereal stubble (i.e. plant residues). This makes them inherently difficult to control in conservation agriculture systems. Toni is also investigating a novel approach to controlling these pathogens in the field using microwave radiation.
Phone: 02 6763 1219
Location: Tamworth Agricultural Institute, Tamworth