Conference and Event Management


9th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium

asds The 9th ASDS was held in at Lincoln University Christchurch Canterbury, New Zealand, in the early summer of 2016, under the auspices of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS).

The Symposium included inputs from plant pathologists and other researchers, who study soilborne plant pathogens and the diseases they cause, soil health, microbiology and related ecology, in forestry, pasture, arable, fruit and vegetable crops, and natural environments.

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th November 2016
Lincoln University, Christchurch

Attendee Photos
Themes and Programme
Key Dates
Call for Abstracts
Venue and Location
Pre & post Symposium accommodation options



Early bird: $775.00
(ends 15 October 2016)

Full delegate: $825.00
(from 16 October 2016)

PhD student delegate: $350.00

One-day rate: $330.00

Please note all costs are GST inclusive.
If you are a PhD student and you wish to register, please contact Kate McLaughlin ( for your access code.

Registrations for the Symposium have now closed.


Themes and Programme

The Symposium themes (and keynote speakers) included:

  • Biocontrol (Professor Dr Gabriele Berg, Austria) Bridging the plant microbiome and biocontrol of soilborne pathogens with multi-omics.
  • Soil Health (Professor Dr Jos Raaijmakers, The Netherlands) Going back to the roots: microbiology and chemistry at the plant-soil interface
  • Biosecurity (Dr Treena Burgess) Can high throughout sequencing be used in biosecurity? A case study for Phytophthora in Australia.
  • Biosecurity (Dr Nick Waipara) The challenges and opportunities in protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity and taonga plant species from invasive soilborne plant pathogens.
  • Disease Management (Dr Steve Johnson, USA) Management of soilborne disease
  • New Technologies/Diagnostics (Dr Andy Pitman).

The Symposium will also consider research on all aspects of soilborne plant diseases, through offered papers delivered as oral presentations or as posters.

To view the Proceeding for the 9th ASDS, please click 9th-asds-proceedings-2016

Please note this may be subject to change. Any updates will be posted here.


Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Monday 18th April – Saturday 15th October 2016
Full Registration close Friday 28th October 2016
Submission of Abstracts by Friday 9th September 2016
Notification of paper acceptance Monday 3rd October 2016
Conference dates Monday 14th – Thursday 17th November 2016



Call for Abstracts

All Offered Papers at the 9thASDS will be given equal status, whether presented orally or as posters.
The Offered Paper format (see below) should be used when submitting a paper.
Offered Papers can be submitted at any time, up to the final deadline: 9 September 2016.
If paper acceptance is required for immigration or other attendance permission, please provide deadlines.
Please complete the information in the form below and submit to the 9thASDS Secretariat (Kate McLaughlin:

Offered Paper posters

Each poster will be in A0 portrait format. The poster title and author details should follow the submitted Abstract (above). A photograph of the presenting author may be included. Words should be kept to a minimum, but clearly outline the aims, methods, results and conclusions of the research reported. Minimum font size is 24 point, with larger font for the title. Good quality Illustrations and clear, simple graphics should be used, to illustrate the poster subject, methods and key results. Concise bullet point lists can clearly outline aims and key conclusions. Poster presenters must provide their printed posters. Materials to mount posters will be provided at the Symposium venue.

Offered Paper oral presentations

Each Offered Paper oral presentation will be of 15 minutes duration (12 minutes for the oral presentation and 3 minutes for questions/audience discussion). Microsoft PowerPoint™ software should be used. A maximum of ten to 12 slides is recommended. Normal standards for visual aids apply (clear, good quality and undistorted illustrations, simple graphics, minimum numbers of words [e.g. less than 50 per slide]). PowerPoint™ presentations will be loaded with assistance, and checked/tested by the authors, well before commencement of the Symposium session in which they are to be presented.

Paper Submission Information and Format



Venue and Location

Lincoln University
Lincoln, Christchurch Canterbury, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 423 0544

The Symposium was held at Lincoln University, as an alternate location due to the earth quake affected area of Hanmer Springs village.

Pre & post Symposium accommodation options

Commodore Airport Hotel
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Airport Gateway Motel
Airport Christchurch Motel 


Major sponsor




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Contact Details

Professor Richard Falloon
Chairperson, 9th ASDS Organising Committee
Lincoln University
PO Box 85084
Lincoln 7647
Ph: +64 3 423 0935

Kate McLaughlin
Conference and Professional Development
Lincoln University
PO Box 85084
Lincoln 7647
Ph: +64 3 423 0544