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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 )

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. (2020) Compatibility of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana with insecticides and fungicides used in macadamia production in Australia. Pest Management Science. pp. 1-44. ISSN 1526-498X

Javazmi, Leila and Low, Tobias and Young, Anthony and Ash, Gavin (2020) Effect of various urea concentrations on nitrogen slow release from PLLA nanofiber mat. In: 8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2020), 9-13 Feb 2020, Brisbane, Australia.

Jeffress, Sarah and Arun-Chinnappa, Kiruba and Stodart, Ben and Vaghefi, Niloofar and Tan, Yu Pei and Ash, Gavin (2020) Genome mining of the citrus pathogen Elsinoe fawcettii; prediction and prioritisation of candidate effectors, cell wall degrading enzymes and secondary metabolite gene clusters. PloS One, 15 (5):e0227396. pp. 1-33.

Khun, Kim Khuy ORCID: and Ash, Gavin J. and Stevens, Mark M. and Huwer, Ruth K. and Wilson, Bree A.L. (2020) Response of the macadamia seed weevil Kuschelorhynchus macadamiae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassianain laboratory bioassays. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 174:107437. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0022-2011

Dehigaspitiyage, Prabuddha and Milham, Paul and Ash, Gavin J. and Arun‑Chinnappa, Kiruba and Gamage, Dananjali and Martin, Anke and Nagasaka, Seiji and Seneweera, Saman (2019) Exploring natural variation of photosynthesis in a site-specific manner: evolution, progress, and prospects. Planta, 250. pp. 1033-1050. ISSN 0032-0935

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