Joshua Fanning

Joshua Fanning squatting in a pulse paddock

Research Scientist – Pulse Pathology, Agriculture Victoria, Horsham

Joshua Fanning started as a Research Scientist in 2013 for the Victorian Government. He managed a soil-borne disease program that focussed on root lesion and cereal cyst nematodes. The aim of the program was to investigate yield losses and varietal resistance in both cereal and pulse crops. Within this program, Joshua developed an interest and spent time also looking at pulse foliar diseases.

During 2018, Joshua started a new role as a field-based Pulse Pathologist, while supporting the soil-borne disease program. This new role was developed to support Victorian pulse growers and to work in collaboration with pulse pathologists, agronomists, and breeders nationally.

Joshua has always been passionate about agriculture and enjoys the balance of field and office work. This new role gives him the ability to communicate with growers and agronomists to keep the research program relevant to Victorian pulse growers.

Prior to working for the Victorian Government, Joshua undertook a bachelor’s degree and honours at Adelaide University. He also completed a PhD studying sub-acute ruminal acidosis in sheep, at The University of Adelaide.

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