Photo of Professor Gavin Ash Professor Gavin Ash

BSc(Hons), PhD UNE

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.

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Teaching  Interests

  • AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology (In development, first offering 2014)
  • PSC371 Plant Pathology

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Research Interests

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.

Current Research Projects

  •  2008-2013 Biological control of pest snails in Australia using native nematodes.  Funded by GRDC $473,000.
  • 2010-2013 Strengthening the Cambodian and Australian vegetable industries through adoption of improved production and postharvest practices.  Funded by ACIAR $257,000.  Collaborating scientists:  S Newman (NSWDPI), B Stodart (CSU).
  • 2010-2013 Biopesticides for sucking insect pests in Australia.  Funded by GRDC $770,000.
  • 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).

Research Students

PhD Current
  • Amir Sohail "Genetic Diversity and Management of Black Scab of Jojoba"
  • Qui Yu "Botryosphaeria diseases of grapevines"
  • Cina Vipin "Understanding the genetics underlying resistance to root pathogen Pleiochaeta setose"
  • Dante Adorada "Pathogenicity, epidemiology, diversity and sources of resistance to Pseudomonas fuscovaginae in rice" (submitted)
  • Sunil Singh "Development of targeting, detection and risk assessment capability for exotic pest nematodes in the Australia-Pacific Region"
  • Jennifer Spinner "Biological control of sucking pests using entomopathogenic fungi"
  • 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"
  • Ciro Triose "Phytotoxic metabolites from phytopathological fungi (Phomopsis spp)"
  • Nirodha Weeraratne "Investigating bacterial sheath rot complex of rice: Diagnostics and Epidemiology"
  • Melanie Wagner "Identification and characterization of necrosis and chlorosis inducing substances produced by Mycosphærella graminicola"
  • Ginger Korosi "Biological control of endemic strains of root-feeding grape phylloxera using Metarhizium anisopliae"
Masters Current
  • Andrew Horsfield "Epidemiology and managment of almond rust"
  • Sebastian De Mattia "Elucidation of molecular characteristics in development of Metarhizium anisopliae as an effective generalist biocontrol agent"

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Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society
  • Member of the American Plant Pathology Society
  • Member of the International Plant Pathology Society
  • Member of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
  • Member of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology

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Recent Publications

View Prof Ash's publications.

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