Nicholas Tabi Amponsah

Scientist, Palmerston North

Biosecurity is a global issue and my career to date reflects this global response. I’m a scientist who studied crop science in Ghana, plant parasitic worms in Belgium and plant pathology in New Zealand apple orchards.

I’ve recently been been part of a team conducting research into European Canker in Tasman and Hawke’s Bay apple orchards. I developed new tools that will help other researchers in this field but the knowledge I gained while collecting spores for my research is already helping growers. The insights gained into how European Canker spreads and infects is going straight into a new best practice guide for managing the disease. I’ve really enjoyed discussing this directly with growers and consultants at field days, which also helps us refine our advice.

My new role is leading Palmerston North‘s Diagnostic Laboratory (PC2) and post entry quarantine facility (Level 3) where I am responsible for the development of new operational procedures. I am the Post-Entry Quarantine Plant Pathologist and the Key Technical Personnel but I also travel to Hawke’s Bay regularly to carry on my European Canker research.

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