Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide investigating the impact of fungicides on the phyllosphere microbiome of Vitis vinifera (grapevines) and the downstream consequences that this has on the sensory profile of wine. My project is a new collaboration between the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Kidd, Dr. Raphael Eisenhofer and A/Prof Susan Bastian.
Diseases which effect grapevines used for winemaking can cause tremendous burden on the wine industry, and as such, an array of chemical pesticides are used to prevent and treat instances of disease. Although viticulturists have used broad-spectrum pesticides for hundreds of years, the discovery of the vine’s microbiome highlights the risk of potential off-target and downstream effects caused by these disease treatments. Using both quantitative and qualitative techniques such as quantitative PCR and rRNA gene amplicon sequencing techniques, respectively, we aim to investigate how various fungicide conditions shape the grapevine microbiome over time via off-target interactions with the non-pathogenic microbial communities. With the interconnected nature of the grapevine microbiome and its role in plant health and the fermentation process, identifying these potential off-target effects is key to improving the health and yield of grapevine plants as well as ensuring the consistent production of high quality wines.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Scholarship Wine Australia Research Scholarship Program Wine Australia Australia — 2020 Scholarship Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) University of Adelaide Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2019 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science 2016 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Date Title Institution name Country 2012 Certificate II Kitchen Operations TAFE SA Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2021 - ongoing Member Royal Society of South Australia (RSSA) Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honours Society Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2021 - 2022 SBS Research Symposium Symposium The University of Adelaide Australia 2021 - 2021 MicroSeq 2021 Conference Australian Society of Microbiology Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2021 - 2021 Vines, Wines and Microbiomes: How Fungicides Shape The Grapevine Microbiome JAMS Adelaide Sponsored by FAME JAMS Adelaide Australia 2021 - ongoing Vines, Wines and Microbiomes: How Fungicides Shape The Grapevine Microbiome MicroSeq 2021 Australian Society of Microbiology Australia
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