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Assoc Prof Adam Sparks

Assoc Prof Adam Sparks
Name Adam Sparks
Position Associate Professor (Field Crops Pathology)
Section Centre for Crop Health (Research)
Office P22101
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1948
Extension 1948
Qualifications BSci(Soil&CM) Purdue , GCertGeoInfSci Kansas State , PhD Kansas State
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Plant Pathology ( 060704 )
  • Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling ( 070104 )
  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) ( 070308 )

Research interests
Plant disease and pest epidemiology and ecology;
Crop health management decision tools;
Effects of global and climate change on crop health and mitigation and adaptation schemes;
Drivers of epidemics and how can better understanding of them guide better disease management.

Professional memberships
American Phytopathological Society
Australasian Plant Pathology Society

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Crop Health (CCH)

Research most recent
Spatial modelling of rice yield losses in Tanzania due to bacterial leaf blight and leaf blast in a changing climate. C Duku, A H Sparks, S J Zwart. Climatic Change 135.3 (Jan. 2016) pp. 569–583. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1580-2

Decision tools for bacterial blight resistance gene deployment in rice-based agricultural ecosystems. S G Dossa, A H Sparks, C M Vera Cruz, R Oliva.
Frontiers in Plant Science 6.305 (May 2015). DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00305

Farmers’ preference for rice traits: Insights from farm surveys in Central Luzon, Philippines, 1966–2012. A G Laborte, N C Paguirigan, P F Moya, A Nelson, A H Sparks, G B Gregorio. PLOS ONE e0136562 (Aug. 2015). DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0136562

Research most notable
Climate change may have limited effect on global risk of potato late blight. A H Sparks, G A Forbes, R J Hijmans, K A Garrett. Global Change Biology 20 (Dec. 2014) pp. 3621–3631. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12587

A review on crop losses, epidemiology and disease management of rice brown spot to identify research priorities and knowledge gaps. M K Barnwal, A Kotasthane, N Magculia, P K Mukherjee, S Savary, A K Sharma, H B Singh, U S Singh, A H Sparks, M Variar, N Zaidi. European Journal of Plant Pathology 136.3 (2013) pp. 443–457. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-013-0195-6

A metamodeling framework for extending the application domain of process-based ecological models. A H Sparks, G A Forbes, R J Hijmans, K A Garrett. Ecosphere 2.8 (2011) art90. DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00128.1

Publications in ePrints

McKay, Alan and Simpfendorfer, Steven and Gupta, Vadakattu and Bithell, Sean and Moore, Kevin and Daniel, Richard and Percy, Cassy and White, Jo and Sparks, Adam and Holloway, Grant (2018) PREDICTA®B update and new tests for 2018. GRDC Update Papers.

Adorada, Dante and Vaghefi, Niloofar and Sparks, Adam (2018) Re-visiting management options for charcoal rot in sorghum. eXtension AUS Field Crop Diseases.

Sparks, Adam H. and Padgham, Mark and Parsonage, Hugh and Pembleton, Keith (2017) bomrang: fetch Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology data in R. [Computer Program]

Savary, S. and Bregaglio, S. and Willocquet, L. and Gustafson, D. and Mason D'Croz, D. and Sparks, A. and Castilla, N. and Djurle, A. and Allinne, C. and Sharma, Mamta and Rossi, V. and Amorim, L. and Bergamin, A. and Yuen, J. and Esker, P. and McRoberts, Neil and Avelino, J. and Duveiller, E. and Koo, J. and Garrett, K. (2017) Crop health and its global impacts on the components of food security. Food Security, 9 (2). pp. 311-327. ISSN 1876-4517

Adorada, Dante L. and Sigel, Luise and Kelly, Lisa and Sparks, Adam H. (2017) Diagnosing plant diseases: what do we ask and why do we ask for it? GRDC Extension AUS , 4 (8).

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