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Postgraduate study

   Dr Saman Seneweera, Centre for Crop Health 

Contact us if you are interested in exploring a research topic, finding a world-class research supervisor or learning about opportunities to join our research team to undertake your higher degree research study in crop improvement through pre-breeding, pathogen genetics and biology, farming systems biology and/or effects of climate variability on crop health.

Visit the Find your research topic website to explore the range of research topics on offer by the Centre's researchers; the Centre for Crop Health has a number of research topics to help you match your area of interest with world-class research opportunities at USQ.

The interactive database provides you with the information you need to progress your interest in undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) study at USQ.

Further information on postgraduate studies and degrees can be found at the USQ Research Higher Degrees website.

Current Research Students

Student Research topic Principal Supervisor
Rian Rashid Abdulsada Investigation of physiological mechanism of crown rot development in wheat Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Mela Aryal Modelling the plant functional group response to rising carbon dioxide concentration Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Joseph Barry Comparison of the growth patterns of two crown rot pathogens in wheat Honorary Professor Mark Sutherland
Morwenna Boddington The taxonomy and bioactive properties of South-east Queensland Russulaceae Associate Professor John Dearnaley
Prue Bottomley Soil Solarisation as a method to deliver near zero level crown rot (Fusarium pseudograminearum) reference sites in the northern grain region of Austtralia Honorary Professor Mark Sutherland
Prabuddha Bandhura Dissanayake Dehigaspitiyage Identification of Master Switch(es) of C4 Photosynthesis using C3 and C4 Species Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Iman Elmor Characterisation of quantitative trait loci for resistance to two species of root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei and P. neglectus) on chromosome 2BS in wheat Professor John Thompson
Dananjali Gamage Characterization of early growth mechanism of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under elevated CO2 Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Safri Ismayana The role of Inositol in yeast adaption Robert Learmonth 
Leila Javazmi Application of PET/PVA core-sheath nanofiber yarns in fabrication of clay composites for effective growing and watering of plants Dr Tobias Low
Sara Jeffress Comparative genomics of Elsinӫe sp. Professor Gavin Ash
Chandima Kamaral Physiological and molecular mechanism of zinc uptake and remobilization in wheat Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Indu Liyanage Lodging tolerance of wheat Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Sriram Padmanaban Genetic Analysis of crosses between Hexaploid Bread Wheat and Tetraploid Durum wheat Dr Anke Martin
Barsha Poudel Occurrence and genetic phenotypic investigation of Pyrenophora teres hybrids Dr Anke Martin
Motiur Rahaman Understanding of molecular defence mechanisms in wheat against root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) Professor John Thompson
Roslyn Reen Resistance of wild relatives (Cicer reticulatum and C. echinospermum) of chickpea (C. arietiinum) to root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei and P. neglectus) Professor John Thompson
Neil Robinson Use of normalised difference vegetation index to assess tolerance of cereal cultivars to root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) Professor John Thompson
Ahmed Saad Range of winter cereal reactions to root and crown rot pathogens Dr Anke Martin
Sudhan Shah Biological control of sweetpotato weevil using Metarhizium anisopliae Professor Gavin Ash
Jason Sheedy Introgression of A-genome resistance to the root-lesion (Pratylenchus thornei) from wild Triticum spp. into wheat (Triticum aestivum) Professor John Thompson
Michael Thompson Improvement of wheat grain protein concentration to adapt to rising [CO2] concentration Associate Professor Saman Seneweera
Connie Venning The impact of weather on the cost of production of wine grapes Ursula Kennedy
Shona Wood Development of rapid phenotyping and genotyping tools for selection of key agronomic and quality traits in the peanut breeding program Professor Gavin Ash