Pathogen Bioinformatics Workshop 2015

This meeting showcases recent research in ‘pathogenomics’ and bioinformatics.

Satellite meeting to the Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference 2015

Registration here (APPS2015 workshops only)

When: Sunday 13th September, 9:30AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

The meeting will be held in the Esplanade’s Rottnest Room, to get there walk up the main staircase to the side of the Harbour Master restaurant, all the way through to the last room on the left (see Esplanade Hotel Floorplan).  There will be signs inside reading ‘Pathogen Bioinformatics Workshop‘ directing you to the Rottnest Room, or you can just ask the concierge located on the right as  you walk into the lobby.


Start End Speaker Title
9:00:00 9:30:00 N/A Tea and Coffee
9:30:00 9:40:00 Opening Remarks
9:40:00 10:00:00 Rosie Bradshaw Taming a gymnosperm pathogen: transcriptome of a forest fungus
10:00:00 10:20:00 Kim Plummer Effector hunting with comparative genomics/secretomics of scab fungi
10:20:00 10:50:00 MORNING TEA
10:50:00 11:10:00 Jana Sperschneider EffectorP: predicting fungal effector proteins using machine learning
11:10:00 11:20:00 Gagan Garg Studying Rhizoctonia solani broad host range interactions through RNA-Seq
11:20:00 11:40:00 Angela Williams Looking for effectors in legume infecting F. oxysporum ff. spp.
11:40:00 12:00:00 Grant Smith The bioinformatic challenge of identifying differential diagnostic loci in the fastidious pathogen Candidatus liberibacter solanacearum
12:00:00 13:00:00 LUNCH
13:00:00 13:10:00 Agnieska Mudge Investigating the oil palm – Ganoderma interaction using transcriptomics
13:10:00 13:30:00 Stefania Bertazzoni Improving Parastagonospora nodorum genome with PacBio sequencing technology
13:30:00 13:50:00 Mark Derbyshire Improvement of the reference genome of the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum using PacBio and Illumina sequencing
13:50:00 14:10:00 Matthew Denton-Giles The identification and characterization of a family of small secreted fungal proteins.
14:10:00 14:40:00 AFTERNOON TEA
14:40:00 15:00:00 Alison Testa A Survey of Regional G:C Bias Across the Fungal Kingdom Highlights “Two-Speed” Genome Evolution
15:00:00 15:20:00 Paula Moolhuijzen Comparative Analysis of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis Isolates
15:20:00 15:40:00 Manuel Zander Understanding the structure and variation within the genome of the pathogenic ascomycete fungus Leptosphaeria maculans
15:40:00 15:45:00 Closing Remarks

The APPS Welcome Reception will be located at the WA Maritime Museum at 6pm to 7:30pm, only 10 minutes walk from the Esplanade (see below).  Note: if you want to attend this you will need to register for the main conference.

There are many restaurants, cafes and bars within walking distance of the venue, we recommend Little Creatures, a short walk across the park from the Esplanade:

Attendees of this workshop may also be interested in the Australasian Plant Virology Workshop on the 16th-18th September, also in the Esplanade Hotel.

Keynote Speakers
Dr Alexander Karasev, The University of Idaho, USA
Dr Lava Kumar, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria
Dr Arvind Varsani, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Laura Boykin, The University of Western Australia

More details and registration at:


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