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Diagnostic Plant Pathologist

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Assignment Code Country Overseas Partner Duration Proposed Mobilisation Applications Close
AV0816LA03P Savannakhet, Laos Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) 12 months October 2017 30 June 2017
Passionate about protecting crops? Take your plant protection expertise to Laos as a Diagnostic Plant Pathologist with the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO). In this assignment, you will be supported by the Crawford Fund.

The Agriculture Section within the PAFO of Savannakhet Province is responsible for matters relating to plant health and quarantine. They complement the work of the national Plant Protection Centre (PPC) and the National Quarantine Group, which are located in Vientiane, at a provincial level. 

You’ll be providing vital training and ongoing mentoring to further develop appropriate skills amongst PAFO staff in crop disease diagnostics and integrated disease management (IDM), will assist staff to conduct systematic disease surveys of key export crops and work with staff to develop a checklist of diseases and appropriate IDM strategies based on the results. You will also continue the development of a digital picture library of local diseases for continuing reference by local staff. A small collection of fungal and bacterial plant pathogen cultures will be maintained for reference purposes. In addition, cultures of key fungal and bacterial plant pathogens will be forwarded overseas to international collections, such as the International Collection for Microorganisms of Plants (ICMP, Landcare, New Zealand) and Brisbane Plant Disease Herbarium, for confirmation of identification and deposition. This process is designed to provide a sound scientific basis for checklists for quarantine and trade purposes, an important contribution to the export program.

Your role will strengthen the Agricultural Section of PAFO and will greatly improve capacity to identify and manage plant diseases, improve understanding of IDM in rural communities, and improve productivity and exports due to a reduction of plant disease outbreaks.

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