Australasian Plant Pathology Society

Plant Health is Earth's Wealth


Australasian Soilborne Diseases

Name of SIG

Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposia

Aims of SIG

Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposia (ASDSs) have been convened at approximately 2 year intervals since 1999, when the 1st ASDS was held at Gold Coast, Queensland, These Symposia aim to attract researchers in plant pathology and related disciplines, considering some of the most intractable and damaging plant diseases caused by soilborne pathogens. The conferences have continued to attract researchers from Australasia and elsewhere, providing key venues for knowledge transfer, and opportunities for interaction and collaboration, under the auspices of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society.

Contact details

Prof Richard Falloon, Bio-Protection Research Centre, PO Box 85084, Lincoln University, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand

Phone: +63 3 423 0935. Email:  

Past Events

The 9thASDS will be held in the spa resort township of Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury, New Zealand, in the early summer of 2016, under the auspices of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS).

The Symposium will include inputs from plant pathologists and other researchers, who study soilborne plant pathogens and the diseases they cause, soil health, microbiology and related ecology, in forestry, pasture, arable, fruit and vegetable crops, and natural environments. themes (and Keynote Speakers) will include:
Biocontrol (Prof Gabriele Berg, Austria)
Soil Health (Prof Jos Raaijmakers, the Netherlands)
Biosecurity (Dr Treena Burgess and Dr Nick Waipara)
Disease Management (Dr Steve Johnson, USA)
New Technologies/Diagnostics (Dr Andy Pitman)

The Symposium will also consider research on all aspects of soilborne plant diseases, through Offered papers, delivered as poster or oral presentations.

The village of Hanmer Springs is a “magical” place, surrounded by mountains and forests, with crisp alpine air. Beside the lure of plant pathology and soil (!!), attractions include boutique shopping, excellent cafes and restaurants, an 18 hole golf course, farm parks and adventure activities (e.g. fishing, hunting, jet boating, bungy jumping). A key attraction is the award-winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.