Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Ben Stodart

Dr Ben Stodart

BSc(Hons) (Flinders), PhD (Adelaide)

  • Position
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Plant pathology, molecular biology, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
  • Campus
  • Location
    Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
  • Phone/Fax
    work02 6933 2147, Fax: 02 6933 2812
  • Email

Dr Stodart undertook a BSc (Hons) from Flinders University of South Australia, and completed his PhD studies in plant pathology/molecular biology at The University of Adelaide before working as a technical officer at CSIRO Land and Water, performing research on several soil-borne plant pathogens.

Following a move to Wagga Wagga in 2001, Dr Stodart worked in the molecular biology laboratory at NSW DPI, where he was involved in the assessment genetic diversity of wheat landraces held within the Australian Winter Cereals Collection and identifying underutilised genetic resources for breeding programs.

While at CSU, Dr Stodart has been conducting research and capacity building projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which have involved the establishment plant protection capabilities Cambodia, with an emphasis on rice and vegetables. He is currently conducting capacity building and development research to improve plant biosecurity capabilities in Cambodia, Laos PDR and Thailand.

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  • Enabling Improved Plant Biosecurity Practices in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand (ACIAR).
  • Improving market engagement, postharvest management and productivity of the Cambodian and Lao PDR vegetable industries (ACIAR).
  • Whole-genome seqeuence comparison of phytopathogenic bacteria important to the Australian rice industry (CSU).

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  • Population dynamics of plant pathogens
  • Host/pathogen relations
  • Bacterial genomics

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View Dr Stodart's research output

Adorada DL, Stodart BJ, Cruz CV, Gregorio G, Pangga I and Ash GJ (2013). Standardizing resistance screening to Pseudomonas fuscovaginae and evaluation of rice germplasm at seedling and adult plant growth stages. Euphytica 192, 1-16.

Ash GJ, Stodart BJ, Hyun JW (2012). Black scab of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) in Australia caused by a putative new pathotype of Elsinoë australis. Plant Disease 96, 629-634.

Connolly JH, Stodart BJ and Ash GJ (2010). Genotypic analysis of Mucor from the platypus in Australia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46, 55-69.

Cother EJ, Noble DH, van de Ven RJ, Lanoiselet V, Ash GJ, Vuthy N, Visarto P and Stodart BJ (2010). Bacterial pathogens of rice in the Kingdom of Cambodia and description of a new pathogen causing a serious sheath rot disease. Plant Pathology 59, 544-553.

Raman H, Stodart BJ, Cavanagh C, Mackay M, Morell M, Milgate A and Martin P (2010). Molecular diversity and genetic structure of modern and traditional landrace cultivars of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Crop and Pasture Science 61, 622-629.

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