Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Ben Stodart

Dr Ben Stodart

BSc Hons (Flinders), PhD (Adelaide)

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 associated with field crops in southern Australia.

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

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 in Cambodia, with an emphasis on rice and vegetables. He is currently conducting capacity building and development research to improve general plant biosecurity capabilities in Cambodia, Laos PDR and Thailand, and continuing his work on vegetable production in the region.

He currently co-ordinates and teaches in Agricultural Biotechnology and Plant Pathology.

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Teaching Interests

Dr Stodart lectures in the following subjects:

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Research Interests

  • Population dynamics of plant pathogens
  • Host/pathogen relations
  • Population genetics
  • Remote diagnostics and adoption of mobile technologies

Current Research Projects

  • 2014-17 Enabling Improved Plant Biosecurity Practices in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand. Funded by ACIAR $1,338,000. Collaborating Scientists: G Kong (CRC-PB), G Ash (CSU).
  • 2015-18 Improving market engagement, postharvest management and productivity of the Cambodian and Lao PDR vegetable industries. Funded by ACIAR $2,200,000. Collaborating Scientists: S Newman (Adelaide).

Research Students

PhD Current
  • Nirodha Weerarathne "Investigating bacterial sheath rot complex of rice: Diagnostics and Epidemiology" 2012-2015.
  • Ms Sana Hanif "Biological control of Canola pathogens in Australian farming systems" 2015-2017.
Masters Current
  • Sebastian Demattia "Elucidation of molecular characteristics in the development of Metarhizium anisopliae as an effective generalist biocontrol agent." 2013-2016.
Honours Current
  • Ms Rowan Alden "Affect of changing climate on phytobacteria" 2015-2016.
  • Ms Aurelie Quade "Efficacy of multigene resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in canola" 205-2016.

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