Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Sandra Savocchia

Dr Sandra Savocchia

BAgSci(Hons), PhD

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

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Research

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.

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  1. Pitt WM, Huang R, Steel CC, Savocchia S (2013) Pathogenicity and epidemiology of Botryosphaeriaceae species isolated from grapevines in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 42: 573-582.
  2. Samuelian S. K., Greer LA, Cowan K, Priest M, Sutton TB, Savocchia S, Steel CC (2013) Phylogenetic relationships, pathogenicity and fungicide sensitivity of Greeneria uvicola isolates from Vitis vinifera and Muscadinia rotundifolia grapevines. Plant Pathology 62: 829-841.
  3. Pitt W, Trouillas F, Gubler W, Savocchia S, Sosnowski M (2013) Pathogenicity of diatrypaceous species on grapevines in Australia. Plant Disease 97: 749-756.
  4. Pitt WM, Sosnowski MR, Huang R, Qiu Y, Steel CC, Savocchia S (2012) Evaluation of fungicides for the management of Botryosphaeria canker of grapevines. Plant Disease 96: 1303-1308.
  5. Samuelian SK, Greer LA, Savocchia S, Steel CC (2011) Detection and monitoring of Greeneria uvicola and Colletotrichum acutatum development on grapevines by real-time PCR. Plant Disease 95: 298-303.
  6. Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Steel CC, Raman H, Cowling A, Savocchia S (2011) Refining the biological factors affecting virulence of Botryosphaeriaceae on grapevines. Annals of Applied Biology 159: 467-477.
  7. Trouillas FP, Pitt WM, Sosnowski M, Huang R, Peduto F, Loschiavo A, Savocchia S, Scott E, Gubler WD (2011) Taxonomy and DNA phylogeny of Diatrypaceae associated with Vitis vinifera and other woody plants in Australia. Fungal Diversity 49: 203-223.
  8. Savocchia S, Mandel R, Crisp P, Scott ES (2011) Evaluation of 'alternative' materials for the control of grapevine powdery mildew in a warm climate region of Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 40: 20-27.
  9. QiuY, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Savocchia S (2011) Survey of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with grapevine decline in the Hunter Valley and Mudgee grape growing regions of New South Wales. Australasian Plant Pathology 40: 1-11
  10. Pitt WM, Huang R, Steel CC, Savocchia S (2010) Identification and distribution of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with grapevine decline and dieback in New South Wales and South Australia. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 16: 258-271.

 

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