Professor Gavin Ash
BSc(Hons), PhD UNE
PositionProfessor of Plant Pathology
Phone/Faxwork02 6933 2765
Gavin Ash completed a BSc (Honours) at the University of New England (UNE) with a major in Plant Pathology. He then worked as a Technical Officer with a company supplying decision support tools for pest management to cotton growers in New South Wales and southern Queensland.
He returned to UNE to complete his PhD on the "Epidemiology and Managment of Stripe Rust of Wheat". He worked as a Plant Pathologist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries at the Leslie Centre in Toowoomba before taking up a lecturing position at Charles Sturt University in 1990.
He has undertaken research in Canada, the USA, France and Italy as well as managing projects in Cambodia, South Korea and East Timor.
Gavin has diverse interests in research including biological control of insects, molluscs and plant diseases; comparative geonomics of bacterial and fungal plant pathogens; and biosecurity.
Professor Ash is a member of the Wagga Wagga Plant & Invertebrate Pathology Group.
View his youtube clip on Biological Control of Snails and podcast on "Biopesticide research in Australia: challenges and opportunities"
Current Research Projects
- 2013-2016 Bionematicide Development Program: Reducing the impact of the parasitic root lesion nematode on cereal crops. Funded by GRDC $1,200,000. Collaborating scientists: A McKay (SARDI), M Wilson (BioProtection).
- 2013-2016 Enabling Improved Plant Biosecurity Practices in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Funded by ACIAR $1,200,000. Collaborating scientists: B Stodart (CSU), G Kong (PBCRC).
- 2013-2016 Practical management of grapevine trunk diseases. Funded by GWRDC $1,385,000. Collaborating scientists: M Sosnoski (SARDI), S Savocchia (CSU), C Steel (CSU).
- 2014-2017 Bogia coconut syndrome in Papua New Guinea and related phytoplasma syndromes: developing biological knowledge and a risk management strategy. Funded by ACIAR. Collaborating scientist: G Gurr (CSU).
- Mohd. Kamal "Microbial bio-control of Sclerotinia stem rot of canola"
- Kylie Crampton "Biological Control of Root Lesion Nematode"
- Ronnie Dotaona "The use of Metarhizium anisopliae as a biological control agent against sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius Fabr. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Papua New Guinea"
- Nirodha Weeraratne "Investigating bacterial sheath rot complex of rice: Diagnostics and Epidemiology"
- Ginger Korosi "Biological control of endemic strains of root-feeding grape phylloxera using Metarhizium anisopliae"
- Sebastian De Mattia "Elucidation of molecular characteristics in development of Metarhizium anisopliae as an effective generalist biocontrol agent"
- Member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society
- Member of the American Plant Pathology Society
- Member of the International Society for Plant Pathology
- Member of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
- Member of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology
- Editor of Scientific Reports
- Associate Editor Gene Journal
- Associate Editor Plant Gene Journal