PBCRC 2135: Optimising surveillance protocols using unmanned aerial systems

As part of the PBCRC 2135 project, optimising surveillance protocols using unmanned aerial systems, Hamilton Ecology Lab has recently begun compiling a national database encompassing information on past incursions of stripe rust throughout grain growing regions of Australia. The database includes information on the location and timing of past incursions as well as environmental data including minimum and maximum temperatures associated with each stripe rust occurrence.

This database will be used to help develop predictive models that are used to determine the best time and place to sample stripe rust in order to ensure accurate and early disease identification and to minimise the liklihood of yield reduction as a result of stripe rust infections.

Hamilton Ecology Lab is also working closely with Mr Greg Platz from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries. Greg has been providing valuable support and help with locating sites to be used in the PBCRC 2135 project.

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