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Professor Gavin Ash

Professor Gavin Ash
Name Gavin Ash
Position Executive Director (Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment)
Section Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment (Operations)
Office Q518
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1691
Extension 1691
Qualifications BSc(Hons) UNE , PhD UNE
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Executive Support

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) ( 070308 )
  • Crop And Pasture Protection (incl. Pests ( 300409 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production ( 300400 )

Research interests
Plant disease management; biological control of plant diseases insects and molluscs; genomics; diagnostics; plant pathology; fungi; bacteria; nematodes

Industry affiliations
Member, Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Member, American Plant Pathology Society
Member, International Plant Pathology Society
Member, Society for Invertebrate Pathology

Senior Editor Australasian Plant Pathology (1999-2006)
Editor Weed Science (2006-2009)
Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group (2014-2017)
Editorial Board Member for Plant Gene (2014-2017)
Editorial Board Member for Gene (2014-2017)
Editorial Board Member for Niugini Agrisaiens (2015-2017)
Editorial Board Member for Annals of Applied Biology (2015-2017)

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Crop Health (CCH)
  • Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment (ILSE)

Currently teaching courses/programs

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Research most recent
Kiss, L., Kovács, G.M., Bóka, K., Bohárné, K.V., Takamatsu, S., Shin, H-D., Hayova, V., Nischwitz ,C., Seier, M.K., Evans, H.C., Cannon, P.F., Ash, G.J., Shivas, R.G. and Müller-Schärer, H. (2018). Deciphering the biology of Cryptophyllachora eurasiatica gen. et sp. nov., an often cryptic pathogen of an allergenic weed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia. Scientific Reports. 8: 10806
Korosi, G.A., Wilson, B.A.L., Powell, K.S., Ash, G.J., Reineke, A. and Savocchia, S. (2019). Occurrence and diversity of entomopathogenic fungi (Beauveria spp. and Metarhizium spp.) in Australian vineyard soils. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 164: 69-77.
Dehigaspitiya, P., Arun-Chinnappa, K., Ash, G.J., Gamage, D., Nagasaka, S. and Seneweera, S. (2019). Exploring natural variation of photosynthesis in a site-specific manner: Evolution, progress, and prospects. Planta. 250: 1033-1050.

Research most notable
Lui, H., Wilson, B.A.L., Ash, G.J., Worbau, S.B., Fletcher, M.J., You, M., Yam, G. and Gurr, G.M. (2016). Determining vectors of the Bogia Coconut Syndrome phytoplasma using loop-mediated isothermal amplification of single-insect feeding media. Scientific Reports. 6:35801 DOI: 10.1038/srep35801

Pattemore, J.A., Hane, J.K., Williams, A.H., Wilson, B.A.L., Stodart, B.J. and Ash, G.J. (2014). The genome sequence of the biocontrol fungus Metarhizium anisopliae and comparative genomics of Metarhizium species. BMC Genomics. 15:660

Patel, H.K., Matiuzzo, M., Bertani, I., de Paul Bigirimana, V., Ash, G.J., Höfte, M. and Venturi, V. (2014). Identification of virulence associated loci in the emerging broad host range plant pathogen Pseudomonas fuscovaginae. BMC Microbiology, 14: 274

Publications in ePrints

Khun, Kim Khuy ORCID: and Ash, Gavin J. and Stevens, Mark M. and Huwer, Ruth K. and Wilson, Bree A.L. (2021) Compatibility of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana with insecticides and fungicides used in macadamia production in Australia. Pest Management Science, 77 (2). pp. 709-718. ISSN 1526-498X

Khun, Kim Khuy ORCID: and Ash, Gavin J. and Stevens, Mark M. and Huwer, Ruth K. and Wilson, Bree A. L. (2021) Interactions of fungal entomopathogens with synthetic insecticides for the control of Kuschelorhynchus macadamiae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Applied Entomology, 145 (6). pp. 553-566. ISSN 0931-2048

Javazmi, Leila and Young, Anthony and Ash, Gavin J. and Low, TobiasORCID: (2021) Kinetics of slow release of nitrogen fertiliser from multi-layered nanofibrous structures. Scientific Reports, 11:4871. pp. 1-9. ISSN 2045-2322

Quade, Aurelie and Ash, Gavin J. and Park, Robert F. and Stodart, Benjamin (2021) Resistance in maize (Zea mays) to isolates of Puccinia sorghi from Eastern Australia. Phytopathology, 111 (10). pp. 1751-1757. ISSN 0031-949X

Dehigaspitiya, Prabuddha and Milham, Paul and Martin, AnkeORCID: and Ash, Gavin and Gamage, Dananjali and Holford, Paul and Seneweera, Saman (2021) Site-specific, genotypic and temporal variation in photosynthesis and its related biochemistry in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Functional Plant Biology, 49 (2). pp. 115-131. ISSN 1445-4408

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) ( 070308 )
  • Crop And Pasture Protection (incl. Pests ( 300409 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production ( 300400 )

Research topics