Tine Thach

WIT Award Year: 2017
Organization: Aarhus University
Country: Denmark

Tine completed her PhD in plant pathology at Aarhus University, Denmark under Pr. Mogens Hovmøller. She recovered and explored wheat stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis) diversity in the past utilizing isolates from the historic “Stubbs collection”, now hosted by the Global Rust Reference Center (GRRC). Currently, Tine is a postdoctoral researcher at GRRC and part of a public-private partnership with a Danish breeding company. She manages large-scale field trials to test breeding lines against important wheat diseases for multiple disease resistance. Tine also conducted SSR genotyping of stripe rust for early warning in Denmark and monitoring of stripe rust in international collaboration. Tine has experience with plant pathology from collaborations with Nordic Beet Research A/S, Denmark, BASF A/S, Germany, and Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia. Her bachelor thesis was presented and awarded a prize at “15 minutes of brain 2008,” a competition held at University of Copenhagen. Tine enthused, “I think that by working together and joining forces we can push things further to benefit the farmers and in the end, achieve the overall goal to ensure global and sustainable wheat production.”