Project Leader, Organisation

Katharina Belt, CSIRO

Status

Contracted

Objectives

Australia is one of few countries where biosecurity has played a major role in helping to keep agriculture and the environment free from some of the world’s most severe pests. However, new solutions for pest/disease incursion control are needed as foreign pathogens are becoming increasingly resistant to commonly used chemical pesticides. Katharina’s work focuses on the use of native beneficial soil and endophytic microbes, which offer new means to protect plants. She is am aiming to identify new beneficial microbes and their compounds suitable to use as biopesticides.

Katharina is attending the 2019 Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference ‘Strong Foundations, Future Innovations’ as an early career researcher to share her work, learn and develop new networks.