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Is Glyphosate safe? – Eminent Professor of Plant Pathology to Visit Australia

Press Release – 25th August 2011

Professor Don Huber, known internationally for over 30 years of research in plant pathology and pesticide-nutrient-disease interactions in soil and plants will visit Australia from August 29th to September 8th. Now Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University in the USA, Dr Huber is a pre-eminent educator and instructor in Plant pathology. His recent research includes how glyphosate interacts with nutrients in conventional and GM crops. Dr Huber will lecture at a series of MasterClasses in Perth, Adelaide, Bendigo and Corowa.

In a recent letter to the US Secretary of Agriculture Dr Huber requested Secretary Vilsack to delay the approval of GM Alfalfa (Lucerne). He requested further research be conducted to rule out any relationship between glyphosate and new diseases such as sudden death syndrome of soybean (SDS) being identified in plants and animals.

Dr Huber has been brought to Australia by the IPM MasterClass to discuss the relationship between plant nutrition and disease management. He will also discuss interactions between plant nutrients and pesticides. He will use his most recent research in to glyphosate and trace elements as a case study during his lectures.

About Professor Don Huber

Dr. Huber is Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho (1957, 1959), a Ph-D from Michigan State University (1963), and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was Cereal Pathologist at the University of Idaho for 8 years before joining the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971.

His agricultural research the past 50 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soil borne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host parasite relationships. Research also includes nitrogen metabolism, micronutrient physiology, inhibition of nitrification, and nutrient-disease interactions.

He has received various awards for his scientific accomplishments and contributions to government. Dr. Huber is an active scientific reviewer; international research cooperator with projects in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Russia; and a consultant to academia, industry, and government. He is author or co-author of over 300 journal articles, Experiment Station Bulletins, research presentations, book chapters and review articles; 3 books, and 84 special invited publications. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in the development of nitrification inhibitors to improve the efficiency of N fertilizers, interactions of the form of nitrogen, manganese and other nutrients in disease, herbicide-nutrient-disease interactions, techniques for rapid microbial identification, and cultural control of plant diseases.

Dr Huber currently serves as APS coordinator of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System.

Venue details
Perth – 29th August 2011

Technology Park Function Centre
2 Brodie Hall Drive
Bentley WA Adelaide – 31st August 2011

Enterprise House Function Centre
136 Greenhill Road
Unley SA
Bendigo – 5th September 2011

All Seasons Bendigo
171-183 McIvor Road
Bendigo VIC Corowa – 7th September 2011

Corowa R.S.L
30 Betterment Parade
Corowa NSW

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