This week the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine held their Annual Postgraduate Symposium. This event provides a forum for mid-candidature students to give an update on their research in preparation for the Annual Review of Progress. It also provides an opportunity for the Waite community to become familiar with the broad range of interesting problems our postgraduates are tackling.

This year, 24 postgraduate students gave 15 minute presentations on their projects, over two days. Sessions were chaired by members of the Postgraduate Association of Waite Students (PAWS) Committee and for the first time were delivered both in person and online via Zoom.

The program also featured guest speakers Dr Roberta De Bei (School of Ag, Food and Wine) and Professor Laura Parry (Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences).

Prizes were also awarded to students in a number of categories. This event was organised by the PAWS Committee and the School Postgraduate Committee.

Well done to all the students and congratulations to all the following prize winners (pictured at right).

Nadeeshani Perera, Interaction of Cereal Cyst Nematodes with barley: genetics and biology – The Sally and Andrew Smith Prize for Best Presentation

Nicole Dron, Improving Phytophthora root rot resistance through waterloggingt tolerance in chickpea – The Australasian Plant Pathology Society prize for best presentation in plant pathology 

Pietro Previtali, Breaking the sugar:flavour nexus – growing grapes with more flavour and less sugar – PAWS prize for Audience Choice – day 1

Nadeeshani Perera, Interaction of Cereal Cyst Nematodes with barley: genetics and biology – PAWS prize for Audience Choice – day 2

Pictured from top: Nadeeshani Perera receiving her award from Assoc Prof Chris Ford; Pauline Glocke (SARDI) presenting the APPS award to Nicole Dron (inset via Zoom); PAWS President Emma Aspin with Nadeeshani Perera and Pietro Previtali

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