The Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics (CBB) ensure that researchers in the
bio-sciences (with particular applications to agriculture, forestry and other
sustainable primary industries) apply appropriate statistical methodologies for the
design, analysis and interpretation of research activities.

In September 2018, Lauren Borg attended the AusCanola conference in Perth to
showcase her work in examining variety by environment interaction in canola
blackleg expression experiments. She also presented how a CBB developed app (PV-
Plus) provides results from the National Variety Trials to growers in a concise and
informative format. Blackleg is arguably the most serious disease of canola and
Lauren’s contribution to this research as an Associate research Fellow of CBB did not
go unnoticed.

Lauren was named as the inaugural winner of the Phil Salisbury Early Career
Researcher Award. The recipients of such an award are usually PhD students or
researchers that have recently completed a PhD. The committee decided that the
content of Lauren’s presentation was not only prominent but also her delivery and
communication was outstanding. The canola industry and particularly the
commercial breeders hold Phil Salisbury in very high regard and to have a
biometrician as the first recipient of this award speaks volumes about the impact
and acceptance we as statisticians now have in this space. Congratulations Lauren!

Lauren Borg at AusCanola Conference September 2018