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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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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) ( 070308 )

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

Kiss, Levente and Kovacs, Gabor M. and Boka, Karoly and Bohar, Gyula and Boharne, Krisztina Varga and Nemeth, Mark Z. and Takamatsu, Susumu and Shin, Hyeon-Dong and Hayova, Vera and Nischwitz, Claudia and Seier, Marion K. and Evans, Harry C. and Cannon, Paul F. and Ash, Gavin James and Shivas, Roger G. and Muller-Scharer, Heinz (2018) Deciphering the biology of Cryptophyllachora eurasiatica gen. et sp. nov., an often cryptic pathogen of an allergenic weed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia. Scientific Reports, 8 (Article 10806). pp. 1-14.

Javazmi, Leila and Low, Tobias and Ash, Gavin and Young, Anthony (2018) Encapsulation of flutriafol fungicide into electrospun biodegredable poly (L-lactide) nanofibers. In: 2018 Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC 2018), 22-24 Oct 2018, Berlin, Germany.

Dotaona, Ronnie and Wilson, Bree A. L. and Stevens, Mark M. and Holloway, Joanne and Ash, Gavin J. (2017) Chronic effects and horizontal transmission of Metarhizium anisopliae strain QS155 infection in the sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius (Coleoptera: Brentidae). Biological Control, 114. pp. 24-29. ISSN 1049-9644

Kamal, Mohd. Mostofa and Savocchia, Sandra and Lindbeck, Kurt D. and Ash, Gavin J. (2017) Rapid marker-assisted selection of antifungal Bacillus species from the canola rhizosphere. Plant Gene, 11. pp. 23-30.

Dotaona, Ronnie and Wilson, Bree A. L. and Ash, Gavin J. and Holloway, Joanne and Stevens, Mark M. (2017) Sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius (Fab.)(Coleoptera: Brentidae) avoids its host plant when a virulent Metarhizium anisopliae isolate is present. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 148. pp. 67-72. ISSN 0022-2011

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