Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Nicola Wunderlich

Dr Nicola Wunderlich

PhD

Nicola Wunderlich’s scientific career started when she came to CSU as an undergraduate international student from Germany to study Agricultural Science. She developed a keen interest in plant pathology and her early career focused on conducting laboratory and field based research at CSU and DPI in Wagga Wagga. She completed her PhD through CSU and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre on a fungal pathogen in grapevines.

From there she has travelled the (developing) world to build capacity in crop protection and disease identification, consult for capacity building projects, extend scientific outcomes to its end-users, search for the best knowledge transfer pathways and tools to facilitate adoption in the quest of improving farmer’s livelihood and minimising the spread and impact of disease.

Her current role as project manager of the DFAT funded project component ‘Veterinary Workforce in Asia-Pacific for Infectious Disease and Response’ (Vet-APIDDaR) sees her diving into the world of infectious diseases in animals (and potentially humans) and build capacity for paraveterinarians in the Pacific.

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Research

  • Project Manager Vet-APIDDaR (Component 2)
  • Capacity building for paraveterinarians/animal health officers in the Pacific
  • Stakeholder engagement and consultation

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Read on Charles Sturt Research Output.

Nelson, K, Miñas AM, Wunderlich N, Blackman B, Atienza L, Reyes AJ, Clabita MT, Magor N (2014) Rice Knowledge Bank: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in Rice Production. 4th International Rice Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, 27th October – 1st November 2014.

Wunderlich N, Costa SS, Tpoi RP and Ash GJ (2012). First report of Botryosphaeria dothidea causing shoot blight and canker of pistachio in Australia. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 7(1), 47-49.

Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Steel CC, Raman H, Cowling A and Savocchia S (2011). Refining the biological factors affecting virulence of Botryosphaeriaceae on grapevines. Annals of Applied Biology 159(3), 467-477.

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2011). Association of Botryosphaeriaceae grapevine trunk disease fungi with the reproductive structures of Vitis vinifera. Vitis 50(2) 89-96.

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2010). Botryosphaeriaceae associated with bunch rot of grapes in South Eastern Australia. Phytopathologia Mediterranea (49). Abstract to the7th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, Santa Cruz, Chile, 17th-21st September (oral presentation).

Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Steel CC, Raman H, and Savocchia S (2009). Trunk disease pathogens within the Botryosphaeriaceae are associated with bunch rot disease in the Hunter Valley. Australian and New Zealand Grape Grower and Winemaker 548, 35-38.

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2009). Trunk disease pathogens within the Botryosphaeriaceae are associated with bunch rot disease in the Hunter Valley. Australasian Plant Pathology Society Pre-conference Workshop on ‘The Biology and management of organisms associated with bunch rot diseases of grapes’ 28th September 2009, Pokolbin, NSW (oral presentation).

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2009). Trunk disease pathogens within the Botryosphaeriaceae are associated with bunch rot disease in the Hunter Valley. 17th Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 29t h September- 2nd October (oral presentation).

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2008). Identification of Botryosphaeria spp. causing bunch rot in grapevines. 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Torino, Italy, 25th-29th August (oral presentation and poster).

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ, Raman H and Savocchia S (2008). Identification of Botryosphaeria spp. and first report of Dothiorella viticola (‘Botryosphaeria‘ viticola)  associated with bunch rot in Australia. P.19 Abstract book to the 6th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, Florence, Italy, 1-3rd September (poster).

Wunderlich N, Steel CC, Ash GJ; Raman H and Savocchia S (2008). Pathogenicity and molecular identification of Botryosphaeria spp. on Vitis vinifera in the Hunter Valley. Journal of Plant Pathology 90 (2, Supplement) S2.184.

Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Harper JDI, Cowley RB, and Luckett DJ (2008). Penetration and symptom development of Pleiochaeta Root Rot in susceptible and resistant Lupinus albus genotypes. Australasian Plant Pathology 37 (4).

Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Harper JDI, Cowley RB and Luckett DJ (2007). A resistant variety of Lupinus albus prolongs the pre-penetration phase of Pleiochaeta setosa infection on roots. 16th Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, Adelaide, Australia (poster).

Wunderlich N, Ash GJ, Harper JDI, Cowley RB and Luckett DJ (2006). Mechanisms of disease resistance to Pleiochaeta setosa in albus lupins. 4th Australasian Soil-borne Diseases Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand (poster).

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