Sandra Savocchia has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and a PhD from The University of Adelaide majoring in fungicide resistance and viticultural plant pathology. Her PhD was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture and was entitled "Detection of demethylation inhibiting fungicide resistance in the grapevine powdery mildew fungus, Uncinula necator".
After completing her PhD she was employed at The University of Adelaide as a researcher in the area of grapevine root pest (phylloxera and root-knot nematode) resistance and was also involved in demonstrating and tutoring undergraduate students. She also worked as a pest and disease monitor of grapevines for a private consultant in the Southern Vales region of South Australia.
Sandra began lecturing at CSU in 2002 in viticulture and wine science and is currently involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is also passionate about her research and is involved in a number of plant pathology related projects
Specialisation: Grapevine Pathology
Focus area: Understanding and managing grapevine diseases
Our research team is working towards understanding the epidemiology of grapevine pathogens, improving their detection through the use of molecular tools and improving management strategies for grapevine diseases. Of particular interest are grapevine trunk diseases and those belonging to the family Botryosphaeriaceae. Current research funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation involves the development of practical solutions for the management of grapevine trunk diseases. We are also aiming to understand the genetic diversity of fungal pathogens and now to better manage fungicide resistance in pathogens such as downy and powdery mildew and botrytis.