Researcher biography

Dr Bhuiyan obtained his PhD 18 years ago in 2002 in Plant Pathology from the University of Queensland, Gatton. Research was 'the study of biology and control of sorghum ergot disease (fungal) (Claviceps africana) of sorghum in Australia'. HisPhD research focused on the study of the newly discovered sorghum ergot disease in Australia that include ecology, biology and epidemiology of the pathogen in Australian sorghum industry. He also developed a molecular detection of sorghum ergot pathogen using β-tubulin primers. Prior to this he obtained his Masters of Science in Agriculture (M Sc Ag) in Plant Pathology (First class) from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh, for research on the seed-borne nature of blast fungal pathogen (Magnaporthe oryzae ) of rice in Bangladesh. His research identified the pathway of the transmission rice blast pathogen from seed to seedling, and to rice panicles. After completion of his PhD, he joined the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) in Brisbane, and a year later moved to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Northern Territory (NT), Katherine Research Station (KRS), Katherine, as Senior Plant Pathologist. During his time at the KRS, he was managing two major plant pathology portfolios, research on major diseases of agricultural and horticultural crops affecting NT primary industries, and provided diagnostic services for major plant diseases in the Katherine and Douglas Daley regions. 1. For three years, (2004 to 2007) he led Mango Sea Freight static research at the Katherine Research Station. This was a collaborative project involving the Federal Government, Agriculture Western Australia, Northern Territory Government, and Mango Growers' association. The focus of his research was to detection of biotic and abiotic diseases that limit the shelf life of mangos from Northern Territory and Western Australia. This was the first time they identified a range of botryosphaeriaceae fungi cause stem end rots of mango, and dieback diseases of mango trees. 2. He led a Cotton CRC funded project to study the effects of Alternaria leaf spot caused by Alternaria macrospora, and A. alternate, and management options for Northern Australia. 3. He worked closely with the horticulture industry to develop management of options for powdery mildew disease of rock melon and water melons, and Ganoderma disease of citrus crops in Northern Territory. He worked with Peanut Company Australia (PCA) to develop a weather-based fungicide advisory model to spray fungicide to manage peanut leaf diseases. In 2007, Dr Bhuiyan joined Sugar Research Australia (SRA) (formerly BSES Limited), as a Senior Researcher and Principal Researcher leading a number of projects on sugarcane smut from 2007 to 2011 (>$4 million). Dr Bhuiyan established a sugarcane smut research and screening facility in Bundaberg. During this period heI collaborated with CSIRO and Queensland Department of Agriculture. In addition he worked with private companies, such as Syngenta, CropCare (Nufarm Australia), and BASF to develop and evaluate chemical fungicides against sugarcane smut (Sporisorium scitamineum) and pineapple sett rot (Ceratocystis paradoxa). He has been researching nematode pests of sugarcane for the last 8 years, developed novel screening method for nematode resistance varieties for the Australian sugar industry.