November 20, 2023
The Crawford Fund QLD Committee supports targeted training and mentoring of overseas scientists and extension officers by experienced Queensland counterparts working on similar agricultural research challenges.
In 2024, the Queensland Committee will again be offering a small number of Crawford-in-Queensland International Engagement Awards.
An overview of the awards, the selection criteria, and the application form can be downloaded here.
“The committee is pleased to be supporting a diverse set of training and mentoring in industries of significance to both Queensland and neighbouring countries, including Samoa, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Indonesia,” said Professor Bob Lawn, Coordinator of the Queensland Committee.
Further specific enquiries can be directed to the Queensland Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn at bob (dot) lawn (at) crawfordfund (dot) org
Applications for the 2024 awards close on 29 March 2024.
Here is a report on the international engagement award received by Dr Ido Bar from the Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security at Griffith University. With support from his colleague Professor Rebecca Ford, Ido received funding to train and mentor Dr Wassana Kethom from Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand to undertake a genome-wide association study for anthracnose resistance and fruit quality traits in Thai chilli germplasm. The research also benefits the largest chilli growing region in Australia, where in the humid subtropical climate of Bundaberg, plant pathogenic fungi such as Colletotrchum spp. can easily cause anthracnose disease, as seen in Thailand.