The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
Australia benefits strongly from an attentive research sector who manage plant health through directed breeding, basic research, applied intervention and community education. IYPH will set the benchmark for further study, investment and practical outcomes, which helps ensure greater plant health can be achieved to support food production and agricultural sustainability for the greater community.
The Sydney Institute of Agriculture welcomes your attendance at our annual Research Symposium series. This year we highlight the advances in plant health research at the University of Sydney and across Australia. The symposium will include the following topic sessions, which stretch across the fields of plant health and plant productivity so important to agricultural sustainability in Australia:
- National and Global Perspective on Plant Health
- Healthy Food Crops → Healthy Humans
- On-farm Plant Health Intervention
- Off-farm Plant and Environmental Health, Biodiversity and Resilience