Biology and Epidemiology of foliar diseases of macadamia

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

The Australian macadamia industry is widespread across a range of climatic regions with varying disease pressure, severity and orchard characteristics. Improved knowledge of the relationship among the fungal pathogens causing flower and fruit diseases and host phenology in macadamia is required. Such information would be based on thorough understanding of disease cycle, pathogen biology and epidemiology under varying environmental conditions. The study would consider the effects of climate change and the anomalous weather trend on disease prevalence and impact, develop and use epidemiological models to support seasonal forecasts of flower and fruit diseases in macadamia. The overarching objective of the project is to develop knowledge and tools to support integrated management approach to address disease problems in macadamia.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Femi Akinsanmi

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of modelling, molecular biology and biometrics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of plant science and agriculture and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of plant pathology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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