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«Plant Pathology and Entomology Capability Study Bruce Howie Managing Director C-Qual Agritelligence Pty Ltd Table of Contents Table of Contents ...»

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General capacity to meet demands for services Impact of emergency response requirements Availability of key staff in critical activity areas Access to graduates in specialty disciplines

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Standard of graduate skills base Movement of staff to overseas positions Anticipated retirement of key personnel Are there other issues that concern you? Please specify below Add a comment about other issues that concern you about future

requirements in your area:

What is your primary discipline?

Plant pathology Entomology Are you a member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society?

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Bacteriology Nematology Molecular Plant Pathology Phytoplasmas No specific sub-discipline Other, please specify... ______________________

If you have a focus on a particular systematic group (eg Fusarium, Phytophthora etc) please record that here.

How long have you worked in your current field of specialty?

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You indicated that your sub-discipline area is {{ selection }}. In which of the following capacities do you mainly work (or worked in prior to retirement)?

Note: Select whichever are appropriate. You will be asked in the following 2 questions to indicate the percentage of your time allocated to each capacity that you select and then the primary environment (e.g. research, teaching, commercial) in which each is applied.

Diagnostics – Laboratory Diagnostics – Field Emergency response and management

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Disease control and management (Resistance/Breeding) Disease control and management (Biological or Chemical inputs & practices) Administration Other, please specify... ______________________

What percentage of your time would you allocate to {{ selection }}.

Select which one of the following is the primary environment in which you work in {{ selection }}.

Education/Teaching

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Regulatory/Policy Biosecurity

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Quarantine Commercial - Sales/Marketing Commercial - Technical

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Select which of the following industry areas you work in:

Note: You may select more than one. In the following question you will be asked to estimate the percentage of your time that you allocate to each area that you select.

Agriculture – Production Agriculture – Storage Horticulture – Production Horticulture – Post-harvest Forestry - Production Forestry – Wood Products

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Nursery/Turf/Ornamental Heritage/Natural Ecosystems What is the percentage of your time that you work in {{ selection }}.

You have completed the plant pathology section of the survey. Do you also have qualifications in entomology?

Note: If you answer YES you will be directed to the entomology section of the survey. If you answer NO you will return to general questions.

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No specific sub-discipline Other, please specify... ______________________

If you have a focus on a particular systematic group (eg Lepidoptera, Diptera; Arachnids, other invertebrates etc) please record that here.

How long have you worked in your current field of specialty?

–  –  –

You indicated that your sub-discipline area is {{ selection }}. In which of the following capacities do you mainly work (or worked in prior to retirement)?

Note: Select whichever are appropriate. You will be asked in the following 2 questions to indicate the percentage of your time allocated to each capacity that you select and then the primary environment (e.g. research, teaching, commercial) in which each is applied.

Diagnostics - Laboratory Diagnostics - Field Emergency response and management Population studies

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Pest control and management (including IPM) Environmental Administration Other, please specify... ______________________

What percentage of your time would you allocate to {{ selection }}.

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Select which one of the following is the primary environment in which you work in {{ selection }}.

Education/Teaching

–  –  –

Select which of the following industry areas you work in:

Note: You may select more than one. In the following question you will be asked to estimate the percentage of your time that you allocate to each area that you select.

Agriculture – Production Agriculture – Storage Horticulture – Production Horticulture – Post-harvest Forestry - Production Forestry – Wood Products

–  –  –

Nursery/Turf/Ornamental Heritage/Natural Ecosystems Urban and commercial pest management Medical and/or Public Health Entomology Insecticide technology What is the percentage of your time that you work in {{ selection }}.

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Do you anticipate undertaking further study in plant pathology or entomology in the future?





Yes – in Australia/NZ

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What do you expect to be the level of your next study program?

High school year 12 (or equivalent) VET certificate/diploma Undergraduate degree Masters degree (coursework) Masters degree (research)

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We would like to conduct a small number of short interviews with respondents to this Part A of the survey. Would you be willing to participate in a telephone interview?

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Please provide your contact details.

First name Last name Contact phone number Email address

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

The next section of the survey (Part B) is about current and future needs in plant pathology and entomology. If you are a plant pathologist, entomologist or an administrator/manager with insight into industry needs we would like you to answer the questions in Part B.

Are you in a position that allows you to comment on current and future industry needs?

Note: If you answer YES you will continue to Part B of the survey. If you answer NO you will go to the end of the survey.

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Part B - Current and future industry needs Are you currently involved in the appointment of plant pathology or entomology staff within your organisation?

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Mycology Virology Bacteriology Nematology Molecular Plant Pathology Phytoplasmas Rate the following plant pathology skills and competencies in terms of their CURRENT importance to your organisation.

–  –  –

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Diagnostics – Laboratory/taxonomic Diagnostics – Field Skills Risk assessment and quarantine services Emergency response and management Genetics Physiology Epidemiology Taxonomy (other than for diagnostics) Disease control and management (Resistance Breeding) Disease control and management (Biological or Chemical inputs & practices) Education and Training Indicate your three main sources of the plant pathology skills and

competencies required:

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University/Higher education State Department/Ministry of Agriculture or Forestry Commercial Agronomist/Service Provider/Consultant Grower or Industry Association

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Cooperative Research Centre National Plant Health, Quarantine or Biosecurity entity Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (eg HAL/GRDC/CRDC/FAR) Other, please specify... ______________________

Thinking about the plant pathology skills and competencies required

for your organisation, how satisfied are you with:

–  –  –

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

The accessibility of those skills and competencies for your organisation The quality of those skills and competencies for your organisation Rate the following plant pathology skills and competencies in terms of their FUTURE importance to your organisation.

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Diagnostics – Laboratory/taxonomic Diagnostics – Field Skills Risk assessment and quarantine services Emergency response and management Genetics Physiology Epidemiology Taxonomy (other than for diagnostics) Disease control and management (Resistance Breeding) Disease control and management (Biological or Chemical inputs & practices) Education and Training Are you familiar with the entomology requirements of your organisation?

–  –  –

Taxonomy/Systematics

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Genetics Physiology Biochemistry Insect Pathology Behaviour Rate the following entomology skills and competencies in terms of their CURRENT importance to your organisation.

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Diagnostics – Laboratory/taxonomic Diagnostics – Field Skills Risk assessment and quarantine services Emergency response and management Curation Pest control and management Environment and Ecology Education and Training Indicate your three main sources of the entomology skills and

competencies required:

–  –  –

University/Higher education State Department/Ministry of Agriculture or Forestry Commercial Agronomist/Service Provider/Consultant Grower or Industry Association

–  –  –

Cooperative Research Centre National Plant Health, Quarantine or Biosecurity entity Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (eg HAL/GRDC/CRDC/FAR)

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Other, please specify... ______________________

Thinking about the entomology skills and competencies required for

your organisation, how satisfied are you with:

–  –  –

The accessibility of those skills and competencies for your organisation The quality of those skills and competencies for your organisation Rate the following entomology skills and competencies in terms of their FUTURE importance to your organisation.

–  –  –

Diagnostics – Laboratory/taxonomic Diagnostics – Field Skills Risk assessment and quarantine services Emergency response and management Curation Pest control and management Environment and Ecology Education and Training Rate the following attributes in terms of their importance in the people your organisation will employ in the future?

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Training or teaching skills Laboratory skills Field based skills Communication skills Research skills (Basic, Strategic or Applied)

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Commercial or advisory skills In order to meet the future needs of your organisation on which three of the following programs (in order of priority 1-3) would you place the greatest emphasis?

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Internal training programs Generalized undergraduate program Undergraduate specialisation Development of practical/field based skills Postgraduate specialisation Availability of postgraduate programs Professional development opportunities Flexibility in delivery formats There are many ways in which your organisation might support an enhanced curriculum for the training of plant pathologists and entomologists. For each of the following indicate the likely level of your organisation’s support.

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An employer of undergraduates An employer of postgraduates Provide financial support/scholarships/ cadetships for internal staff Provide a structured professional development program Provide annual corporate scholarship or award on a competitive basis Offer work experience or short term on the job opportunities for trainees Provide direct sponsorship for a particular course or specialty unit Contribute skills to on-line or distance training programs

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Please comment on any other ways your organisation might support training and development of plant pathologists and entomologists.

We would like to conduct a small number of short interviews with respondents to this Part B of the survey. Would you be willing to participate in a telephone interview?

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Please provide your contact details.

First name Last name Contact phone number Email address The industry sectors for entomology were modified after the survey was released. You will only see this question if you selected one of the following industry sectors: Urban and commercial pest management, Medical and/or public health entomology, Insecticide technology. You may have partially or fully completed the survey previously but felt that you could not accurately record your industry sector. To help us

identify any such responses could you please indicate the following:

I have not previously partially or fully completed the survey I previously attempted the survey but quit when I felt that the industry sectors available were not suitable I previously completed the survey by selecting an industry sector that was the best fit. If you can recall the sector you selected please note that here (or just leave it blank) ______________________

PLANT PATHOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY CAPABILITY STUDY - 2012

Appendix B: Survey Results This appendix provides survey results summarized by tables and figures without additional commentary in order to provide a comprehensive set of data should further analysis be required.

Appendix B List of Tables Table 17: Highest level of training reported 2006 and 2012



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