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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
The views expressed on staff homepages may not reflect the views of the University.

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

Adorada, D. L. and Gonzales, P. and McKay, A. and Vaghefi, N. and Sparks, A. H. (2018) A broad look at charcoal rot in the Northern Region broadacre crops through soil sampling and in-crop surveys. In: 10th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium: Paddock to Plates, 4-8 Sept 2018, Adelaide, Australia.

Savary, Serge and Nelson, Andrew D. and Djurle, Annika and Esker, Paul D. and Sparks, Adam H. and Amorim, Lilian and Filho, Armamando Bergamin and Caffi, Tito and Castilla, Nancy and Garrett, Karen and McRoberts, Neil and Rossi, Vitorrio and Yuen, Jonathan and Willocquet, Laetitia (2018) Concepts, approaches, and avenues for modelling crop health and crop losses. European Journal of Agronomy, 100. pp. 4-18. ISSN 1161-0301

Sparks, Adam H. and Thompson, John P. (2018) Linear modelling of soil temperature effects on root lesion nematode population densities in R [Blog post]. Open Plant Pathology Notes.

Sparks, Adam H. (2018) nasapower: a NASA POWER global meteorology, surface solar energy and climatology data client for R. [Computer Program]

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.

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