Matching disease and crop dynamics to optimise management tactics within the farming system

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Understanding the dynamics of pests and diseases within farming systems and the ability to relate incidence and seasonal conditions to grain yield loss is the next challenge for the agricultural science community. Currently the management of many pests, diseases and weeds in crops relies on an estimated economic damage threshold. The threshold is used to help identify when a pest population needs to be reduced to prevent yield loss. However, this approach does not consider the environment, the timing of the pest control in relation to the crops development, the pest life stage or the economic cost to future crops. In many farming systems, the decision to control a pest or disease outbreak is required before the economic threshold is reached in which case identifying and forecasting drivers for epidemics can support and improve the outcomes of control decisions. In contrast to traditional reactive approaches, this project endeavours to be predictive, giving the farmer the ability to plan and proactively manage these pest populations.

Eligibility
  • Research must be undertaken full time
  • The applicant must relocate and be able to live in Brisbane, QLD, Australia for at least 3.5 years
  • Applicants can be Australian or international citizens. Eligible international applicants MUST have an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater (tested within 12 months)
  • Applicants from a variety of disciplines are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector

Desirable skills:

  • Skills in population modelling using stellar or insect modelling using Dymex
  • Good knowledge of mycology or plant pathology

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Matthew Harrison for further information.