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Dr Gordon Murray
BScAgr (Hons II) (Sydney), MS, PhD (Wisconsin)
Position Adjunct Professor, Field crop pathology
Field Site Manager
Phone 02 6921 1803
Mobile 0428 381 879
Fax 02 6938 1666
Dr Murray worked as a field crop pathologist at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute from 1976 till his retirement in 2007. Research undertaken by Dr Murray covered epidemiology and crop loss assessment of foliar, inflorescence and root diseases of the major field crops in southern and central NSW. He collaborated with colleagues in breeding for resistance and management of major diseases affecting field crops in southern NSW, specifically developing control strategies for stripe rust, Septoria tritici blotch, take-all and wheat streak mosaic in wheat, blackleg and Sclerotinia in canola, Phytophthora root rots of subterranean clover and lupins. As well as research, Dr Murray provided a disease diagnostic and advisory service to field crops in southern and central NSW.
With Dr Murray's considerable experience with wheat diseases and their impact on yield research, he and NSW DPI economist, Dr John Brennan, assessed the economic losses caused by wheat diseases (1988, 1998 and 2008) and ranked the relative importance of diseases for all crops managed by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Dr Murray was an Australian partner on a European Union project (2000-2004) that assessed the quarantine risk of the Karnal bunt fungus to wheat. He has developed national contingency plans for the exotic wheat pathogens Tilletia indica , cause of Karnal bunt, and Tilletia contraversa , cause of dwarf bunt.
Research and Teaching
- Estimating pulse and oilseed disease losses in Australia (2009-10, GRDC)
- Graham Centre Field Site Coordinator
- Member of Australasian Plant Pathology Society
- Field crop pathology, with emphasis on epidemiology and crop loss assessment
- Development of web based information systems for field crop diseases
Murray GM, Brennan JP (2009) Estimating disease losses to the Australian wheat industry. Australasian Plant Pathology 38, 558–570.
Sansford CE, Baker RHA, Brennan JP, Ewert F, Gioli B, Inman A, Kinsella A, Magnus HA, Miglietta F, Murray GM , Porta-Puglia A, Porter JR, Rafoss T, Riccioni L and Thorne F (2008) The new pest risk analysis for Tilletia indica , the cause of Karnal bunt of wheat, continues to support the quarantine status of the pathogen in Europe. Plant Pathology (in press). 9 pp.
Murray GM and Wright DG (2007) 'National Contingency Plan for Tilletia contraversa , the Cause of Dwarf Bunt of Wheat. Part I: Pest Risk Assessment'. (Plant Health Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia.) vi + 16 pp.
Tan M-K and Murray GM (2006) A molecular protocol using quenched FRET probes for the quarantine surveillance of Tilletia indica , the causal agent of Karnal bunt of wheat. Mycological Research 110 , 203-210.
Wright D, Murray G and Brennan J (2006) 'Draft National Contingency Plan for Karnal bunt of Wheat. Part I. Background and Importance.' (Plant Health Australia: Canberra, ACT.) vi + 50 pp.