Adam Sparks

Associate Professor Field Crops Pathology University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Adam is originally from the US and has over 20 years of agronomy and pathology experience. In the US he worked with several crops in Indiana, Nebraska and Kansas including sorghum, maize, potato, soybean, wheat and canola. Immediately prior to […]

Andrea Hills

Research Officer, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Esperance, WA. Andrea is a research officer working on broadacre plant pathology in the south-eastern district of the Western Australian wheatbelt, based in Esperance. Andrea’s experience combines a background in barley agronomy research and farming systems extension and communication. Having […]

Ciara Beard

Research Officer, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Geraldton, WA. Ciara is a research officer working on broad acre plant pathology in the northern Western Australian wheatbelt since 2002. She is based in Geraldton, WA. Ciara is funded by the GRDC to conduct field research, laboratory experiments and extension […]

Daniel Huberli

Plant Pathologist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), South Perth, Western Australia (WA) Daniel graduated with a PhD in Plant Pathology from Murdoch University in 2002. He has over 15 years experience in research on soil borne and aerial diseases in Australia at DPIRD and Murdoch University, plus […]

Dr. Dante L. Adorada

Research Fellow/Diagnostics Coordinator, Centre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland. Dante has over twenty years experience working on various aspects of plant pathology including diagnostics, resistance and management of plant diseases. Dante is currently working on GRDC projects to develop rapid diagnostic tools for fungi and bacteria affecting summer […]

Frank Henry

Regional Research Agronomist, Agriculture Victoria, Hamilton, Victoria. Frank is a plant pathologist with over 25 years research and extension experience. Frank was previously the diagnostician for Agriculture Victoria’s CropSafe (no exotics for Victoria) Program. Working closely with researchers, Frank was also responsible for  extension of the latest research information on crop […]

Geoff Thomas

Plant Pathologist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), South Perth, WA. Geoff conducts research into the epidemiology and integrated management of foliar diseases of cereals and lupins. He also manages a lupin breeding disease screening program. His expertise includes research into environmental impacts on pathogen epidemiology, field assessment of […]

Grant Hollaway

Senior Plant Pathologist, Agriculture Victoria, Horsham, Victoria. Grant works on the development and extension of strategies for the management of cereal diseases. He has more than 25 years of experience in this field. Grant has worked on both foliar and root diseases of cereals and also took a sabbatical within […]

Hugh Wallwork

Plant Pathologist, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Waite Campus, Urrbrae, South Australia. Dr Hugh Wallwork is a plant pathologist working to control the fungal diseases of wheat and barley in South Australia. His principal interests have been to study pathogen variation and to develop effective resistance to diseases in […]

Jenny Davidson

Plant Pathologist, South Australian Research and Development Institute Jenny has over twenty years experience working in pulse pathology. She conducts epidemiological research of pathogens that infect pulse and oilseed crops, including ascochyta blight, botrytis and mildew diseases, and blackleg of canola; and also conducts disease resistance screening in national pulse […]

Johanna Couchman

Knowledge Broker – Online Services, Agriculture Victoria, Ballarat, Victoria Johanna completed a B Science in Agriculture with Honours in Agronomy prior to joining Agriculture Victoria in February 2014 as as a graduate. Johanna has worked on a number of projects which utilise digital and online tools to enhance communication within […]

Lisa Kelly

Plant Pathologist, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba. Lisa has been working in the summer field crops pathology team in Toowoomba for  over  eleven years, working largely on diseases of sorghum and pulse crops.   Lisa is currently working on GRDC projects which focus on diseases of mungbean in the […]

Luise Sigel

Project Officer Grains Pathology Services, Agriculture Victoria, Horsham, Victoria Luise completed a B. Sc. (Ag. Sc.) (Hons) in 2012 at the Adelaide university before starting work with the Horsham cereal pathology group in 2013 as a Technical Officer, running glasshouse and lab experiments. Luise began as a diagnostician with the […]

Mark McLean

Plant Pathologist, Agriculture Victoria, Horsham, Victoria. Dr Mark McLean is a plant pathologist with 15 years experience in cereal field crop foliar disease management. Mark completed a PhD in the epidemiology and control of spot form of net blotch and has published papers in scientific journals on the management of […]

Megan Jones

Extension Coordinator, Centre for Crop Disease Management, WA Megan has worked in  journalism, public relations and extension roles for the past ten years and has a passion for agricultural communications. Megan currently coordinates the communication and extension activities for the Centre for Crop Disease Management (CCDM), a national research centre […]

Ravjit Khangura

Image Source: GRDC Senior Plant Pathologist, DPIRD, Perth, Western Australia With over 25 years experience, predominantly in canola pathology research and extension, Ravjit is based at DPIRD’s South Perth office, Western Australia. Previously, Ravjit has focused on developing best diseases management practices for a range of canola and mustard diseases […]

Steven Simpfendorfer

Image Source: NSW DPI Senior Research Scientist, NSW DPI, Tamworth Agricultural Institute, Tamworth, NSW. Based at the Tamworth Agricultural Institute, Dr Simpfendorfer currently leads research and extension programs on the integrated management of winter cereal diseases in central and northern NSW. In particular, his research interests cover integrated disease management […]