Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
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 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
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