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Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 01 May 2018 @12pm - 1:30pm

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting Tuesday 1 May 18

Speakers & Lunch    12.00 PM till 1.30 PM

Ag & Vet Research - what's in the pipeline

The AIA has a number of talented members undertaking PhD's at Agriculture Victoria / La Trobe University in the AgriBio building.  This next Lunch will feature short talks on the new directions and techniques in research and some of the projects being undertaken.

  • Natasha Brohier will give an introduction to and background about the $300 million purpose-built research facility, AgriBio.
  • Elizabeth Read works on plants that are poisonous to livestock. She has investigated poisonings from pomegranates, phalaris, and acute bovine liver disease to livestock in Victoria through the help of the veterinary diagnostics team.
  • Priyanka Reddy isolated toxins from naturally occurring endophyte-infected perennial ryegrass. These fungal toxins increase pasture persistence but can cause farm animals to severely tremor and collapse. Priyanka's research, including observation of clinical and metabolic changes following exposure to various toxins, allows the development of animal-safe grass for the dairy industry.
  • Min Wang works on understanding the function of non-coding bovine DNA sequence to help the dairy industry select better bulls and cows.
  • Tim Luke  is using new herd testing technology (Mid-infrared spectroscopy) to measure animal health traits in early lactation dairy cows for management and genetic evaluation purposes.


Come and join us for lunch at the Elgin Inn Hotel, 75 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.  W:   Purchase your food and drink requirements downstairs then proceed upstairs.  Trains and trams stop nearby.  RSVP by Friday 27 April to Bill Lewis, M: 0417 146 800, Text or E:    


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