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UN talk for Pawsey scientist

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Associate Professor Laura Boykin with African smallholder farmers

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre would like to congratulate Associate Professor Laura Boykin for her selection as one of 14 delegates to the United Nations who will provide solutions for global sustainable development.

Almost two hundred world leaders are gathering this weekend to commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 things in the next 15 years – End extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development aim to develop solutions that can be employed internationally at all levels to improve the world using innovative technologies and processes.

A/Prof Boykin was chosen to be a delegate for her work helping sub-Saharan African smallholder farmers stop whiteflies destroying their cassava crops. The focus of her research is studying whitefly evolution to enable accurate identification between harmless and invasive species to allow development of effective management strategies.

Using the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre’s “Magnus”, A/Prof Boykin has used the Markov chain Monte Carlo method to distinguish between the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia Tabaci, and other similar looking harmless species.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre wishes A/Prof Boykin all the best at the UN and looks forward to supporting her future research.

 

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