Following Roy Halling’s fascinating talk on Boletes last month, in March we welcome Dr Jordan Bailey from the NSW Plant Pathology & Mycology Herbarium.
The webinars are free for paid Fungimap members (click here if you would like to join), while non-members are requested to make a donation towards running costs. Each webinar must be booked in separately via TryBooking (use link below). The webinars are held over Zoom, and Zoom links will be sent out on the day.
NSW Plant Pathology & Mycology Herbarium: specimen preservation and purpose
Wednesday 31 March 2021
7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEST-Melbourne time)
Speaker: Dr Jordan Bailey
The NSW plant pathology collection was founded in 1890 as the official plant disease records for NSW. This includes specimens of plants infected with viruses, bacteria and of course fungi. Our collection expanded to include non-pathogenic fungi in the late 1960s with the transfer of the mycology collection from the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and as of 2017 we are officially called the NSW Plant Pathology & Mycology Herbarium. Join me on a virtual tour of our herbarium and culture lab where we work to preserve both dried and living specimens of over a hundred thousand fungal collections.
Jordan discovered the world of Herbaria in 2007 as an intern at the National Herbarium in Sydney. Her degree in Agricultural Science took her to postgraduate studies in plant pathology, biosecurity and diagnostics. She went on to work with herbaria in the USA at Purdue University and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Fungus Collections, focusing on specimen digitisation and taxonomy and systematics of fungal pathogens. She returned to Australia to take on the role of Curator at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Plant Pathology & Mycology Herbarium in Orange in 2017 and was also appointed Director of the NSW DPI Orange Agricultural Institute in 2020, a role that aims to promote the work of our DPI scientists in Orange.
Book in for Jordan’s webinar here.