Naturally occurring incidences of dieback disease exist among populations of invasive weeds in the Australian landscape. Often, these are associated with native fungi, which have adapted to these relatively recent weed hosts. This research will investigate the potential to develop these fungi as control agents for the weeds. 

We offer several projects, and the target weeds on our list include:

  • Parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata)
  • Prickly acacia (Vachelia nilotica)
  • Chinee Apple (Ziziphus mauritiana)
  • Mesquite (Prosopis sp.)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara).

These projects will be conducted with support from BioHerbicides Australia (Pty Ltd). Aspects may also include the development of inoculation techniques, formulation of bioherbicides, and laboratory, glasshouse and field trials. Other participating organisations include Southern Gulf Catchments (Mt Isa), Fitzroy Basin Association (Rockhampton), Central West Local Land Services (Broken Hill), NQ Dry Topics (Townsville), and Terrain Natural Resource Management (Ingham).

Location: Gatton

Expected outcomes: research and discovery skills, problem solving and idea creation for a series of challenging problems. Research methodologies may include plant pathology, commercial-scale fungal culture, environmental mapping, ecological data analysis, satellite imagery analysis, and use of UAVs.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Vic Galea

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details

Project members

Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences