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​​​Technology Transfer: From The Lab To The Diagnostician’s Bench Series: High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS)​

Part 1- An Introduction to High Throughput Sequencing​​​ and Industry Applications​​

Broadcast Date: February 17th | 10:30 am Central

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This webinar is part of the upcoming APS 2021 special session Technology Transfer: From The Lab To The Diagnostician's Bench. The we​binars emphasize on use and application of HTS in diagnostics and beyond. Professionals from various sectors involved in detecting pathogens and pests and delivering diagnostic results to prevent, monitor, and manage plant problems will benefit from attending. Plant diagnostics need to be supported by validated methods to underpin scientific credibility to the ever-changing environment that our stakeholders encounter. Timely and successful implementation of accurate diagnostics methods is a crucial part of any surveillance system for plant disease and, ultimately, food security derived from healthy plants.​


​Webinar Summary​

Please join us as we discuss various applications of HTS from biosecurity applications through to characterizing field populations of pathogens with regards to resistance genotypes.

A portion of this webinar will focus on how HTS-based approaches are revolutionizing the way industry does business. From regular phytosanitation to monitoring pathogen populations to traditional disease diagnosis, HTS has become an integral part of what we do in industry to help feed the planet.​


​Meet ​​​​​the Presenters

Neil Boonham

Neil Boonham is a plant pathologist and molecular biologist with 25 years’ experience of leading research focused on the application of genomic technologies to provide solutions to detection, identification and diagnosis of plant diseases in plant health. Much of his research has focused in two areas, firstly using high throughput sequencing (HST) for detecting and characterizing new virus diseases and secondly the development and deployment of ‘in field’ testing methods for use in biosecurity applications. Since taking up a chair in applied crop science at Newcastle University his research has focused on how diagnostic data can help farmers make better decisions in preventing and controlling diseases in crops, both in the field and in vertical farming systems.​​


​Abbie Stack

Abbie Stack is a Discovery Pathology Research Specialist Sr. at Bayer Crop Science. The projects she works on at Bayer include using viruses as tools to study disease resistance, the creation of bioassays to screen for resistance to emerging viral diseases, and the use of HTS for disease diagnostics and phytosanitation. In addition to her day job, Abbie is the President of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Association for Women in Science and is extremely passionate about mentoring and volunteering. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Science with a concentration in Chemistry from Purdue University and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of California Davis. Her biggest career accomplishment thus far was the description of a new fungal species, Fusarium californicum, which is a canker-causing pathogen of almond trees she discovered in graduate school. In her free tim​e, Abbie enjoys hiking all around California, baking, and in non-COVID times loves to travel the world.