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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 (Operations)
Office P22-101
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1948
Extension 1948
Email
Qualifications BSci(Soil&CM) Purdue , GCertGeoInfSci Kansas State , PhD Kansas State
Homepage https://adamhsparks.netlify.com/
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.

Industry affiliations
American Phytopathological Society
Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Open Plant Pathology

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Crop Health (CCH)

Research most recent
The inequality-growth link revisited with spatial considerations: the case of provinces in the Philippines. Valerien O. Pede, Gustavo Barboza, Adam H. Sparks, Justin McKinley. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 23.3 (2018) pp. 411–427. Routledge. DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2018.1503765

Concepts, approaches, and avenues for modelling crop health and cropl osses S. Savary, A.D. Nelson, A. Djurle, P. D. Esker, A. Sparks, L. Amorim, A. Bergamin Filho, T. Caffi, N. Castilla, K. Garrett, N. McRoberts, V. Rossi, J. Yuen, L. Willocquet European Journal of Agronomy 100 (Oct. 2018) pp. 4–18. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2018.04.003

nasapower: A NASA POWER global meteorology, surface solar energy and climatology data client for R. A. H. Sparks Journal of Open Source Software 3 (Oct. 2018) p. 1035. DOI:10.21105/joss.01035


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

Purushotham, Neeraj and Jones, Ashley and Poudel, Barsha and Nasim, Jamila and Adorada, Dante and Sparks, AdamORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-8359 and Schwessinger, Benjamin and Vaghefi, Niloofar (2020) Draft genome resource for Macrophomina phaseolina associated with charcoal rot in sorghum. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 33 (5):MPMI-12-19-0356-A. pp. 724-726. ISSN 0894-0282

Vaghefi, Niloofar and Adorada, Dante and Adorada, Encarnacion and Kelly, Lisa and Young, Anthony and Sparks, AdamORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-8359 (2019) Characterising the genotypic diversity of Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. Flaccumfaciens, the cause of tan spot on mungbean. In: 2019 Australian Summer Grains Conference: Enduring Farm Profitability (ASCG 2019), 8-10 July, 2019, Gold Coast, Australia.

Adorada, Dante and Adorada, Encarnacion and Gonzales, Precila and Sparks, AdamORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-8359 (2019) Comparison of measurement methods for determining Macrophomina phaseolina isolate aggressiveness. In: 22nd Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference (APPS 2019): Strong Foundations, Future Innovations, 25-28 Nov, 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

Cucak, Mladen and Sparks, AdamORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-8359 and de Andrade Moral, Rafael and Kildea, Stephen and Lambkin, Keith and Fealy, Rowan (2019) Evaluation of the ‘Irish Rules’: The Potato Late Blight Forecasting Model and Its Operational Use in the Republic of Ireland. Agronomy, 9 (9). pp. 515-539.

McCoy, Austin G. and Noel, Zachary and Sparks, Adam H.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-8359 and Chilvers, Martin (2019) hagis, an R Package Resource for Pathotype Analysis of Phytophthora sojae Populations Causing Stem and Root Rot of Soybean. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 32 (12). pp. 1574-1576. ISSN 0894-0282

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

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


Research topics