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Dr Kirsty Owen

Dr Kirsty Owen
Name Kirsty Owen
Position Research Fellow (Crop Nematology)
Section Centre for Crop Health (Operations)
Office P22-110
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1239
Extension 1239
Qualifications BScAg Sydney , MScAg Sydney , PhD Sydney

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 300499 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production ( 300400 )

Research interests
Management of root-lesion nematodes in the northern grain region of Australia.

Professional memberships
Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Australasian Association of Nematologists
Member of the editorial board of the journal Australasian Plant Pathology

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Crop Health (CCH)

Research most recent
Owen KJ, Clewett TC, Bell KB, Thompson (2014) Wheat biomass and yield increased when populations of the root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) were reduced through sequential rotation of partially resistant winter and summer crops. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 227-241.

Thompson JP, Clewett TG, Jennings RE, Sheedy JG, Owen KJ, Persley DM (2011). Detection of Polymyxa graminis in a barley crop in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 40:66–75

Owen KJ, Clewett TC, Thompson JP (2010) Pre-cropping with canola decreased Pratylenchus thornei population, arbscular mycorrhizal fungi and yield of wheat. Crop and Pasture Science 61, 399-410

Research most notable
Thompson JP, Owen KJ, Stirling GR, Bell MJ (2008) Root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei and P. neglectus): a review of recent progress in managing a significant pest of grain crops in northern Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology, 37, 235-242

Publications in ePrints

Owen, Kirsty J. ORCID: (2022) A triumph of tolerance: managing the threat to wheat production by the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei in the subtropical grain region of eastern Australia. In: Integrated nematode management: state-of-the-art and visions for the future. CABI, Boston, United States, pp. 13-19. ISBN 9781789247541

Owen, Kirsty J. ORCID: and Clewett, Timothy G. and Bell, Kerry L. and Thompson, John PORCID: (2022) Cereal and Pulse Crops with Improved Resistance to Pratylenchus thornei Are Needed to Maximize Wheat Production and Expand Crop Sequence Options. Agronomy, 12 (3):537. pp. 1-16.

Gough, E. C. ORCID: and Owen, K. J.ORCID: and Zwart, R. S.ORCID: and Thompson, J. P.ORCID: (2022) The role of nutrients underlying interactions among root‑nodule bacteria (Bradyrhizobium sp.), arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) and root‑lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) in nitrogen fixation and growth of mung bean (Vigna radiata). Plant and Soil. ISSN 0032-079X

Gough, Elaine C. ORCID: and Owen, Kirsty J.ORCID: and Zwart, Rebecca S.ORCID: and Thompson, John P.ORCID: (2021) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi acted synergistically with Bradyrhizobium sp. to improve nodulation, nitrogen fixation, plant growth and seed yield of mung bean (Vigna radiata) but increased the population density of the root‑lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei. Plant and Soil, 465. pp. 431-452. ISSN 0032-079X

Owen, Kirsty J. ORCID: and Fanning, Joshua P. and Reeves, Karyn L. and Hollaway, Grant J. (2021) Consistent responses of yield and resistance of wheat cultivars to the root-lesion nematode, Pratylenchus thornei, in the Australian northern subtropical region, but not in the temperate southern region. Plant Pathology, 70 (8). pp. 1790-1806. ISSN 0032-0862

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 300499 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production ( 300400 )