Researcher biography

Nga is passionate about plant pathology and helping farmers fight plant diseases. Her research focuses on improving our understanding of the pathogen biology and disease epidemiology. Research topics include disease diagnostics; disease cycles in particular reproduction of the pathogens, infection and disease expression; effects of the pathogens, hosts, and environmental factors on disease epidemics. Knowledge gained from Nga's research; for example, solving the long-standing mystery of sexual reproduction of the ascomycete Phyllosticta citricarpa – the cause of citrus black spot, aids in development of disease management approaches to reduce impacts of plant diseases.