Dr Olufemi Akinsanmi

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
o.akinsanmi@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32453

Overview

Research area: Plant Disease Epidemiology and Management

Dr Femi Akinsanmi is an applied Plant Pathologist. Femi’s research approach incorporates modern research tools relating to plant disease epidemiology, host genetics, pathogen taxonomy and decision support systems, to inform disease management systems in agricultural ecosystems. Femi’s experience extends from tertiary teaching, to consulting plant industries and research on diseases of soybeans, wheat, and horticultural crops including macadamia and apples, in both developing and developed countries. His service and industry engagement activities undergird the delivery of integrated disease management strategy, with significant benefits to all stakeholders. His current research activities is on diseases of tree nuts, with a major focus on macadamia.

Research Interests

  • Plant Disease Epidemiology
    Diagnostics and management of diseases caused by fungal pathogens and soilborne pathogens such as Phytophthora species
  • Host-Pathogen interaction
    Elucidating varietal susceptibility and response of host plant to infection by plant pathogens

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Master of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Fungicide resistance generally emerges through mutations in the nuclear or mitochondrial genome. High risk fungicides are used to control several macadamia pathogens, therefore, development of fungicide resistant strains is a major threat to effective disease control. There is a dearth of information on fungicide resistance in the macadamia ecosystems. The study will include detection and diagnostics of fungicide resistant strains in major fungal pathogens in the Australian macadamia industry. The scholar will utilise various traditional plant pathology and molecular tools to understand the nature and risk of resistance in novel macadamia pathogen and at risk organisms such as Botrytis species, to QoI (group 7), SDHI (group 11) and DMI (group 3) fungicides.

  • This study will examine the pathogen biology of Diaporthe/Phomopsis and Colletotrichum species, associated with husk rot in macadamia. Information on epidemiological factors, infection process and mechanism of host resistance is required to develop forecasting models to manage the disease in macadamia cropping system.

  • This study will include field and laboratory studies to elucidate the epidemiology of the diseases associated with Botryosphaeriales in macadamia. The candidate will examine the timing of infection, conditions necessary for infection and disease development and eluciate the nature of the pathogenic-endophytic relationship of the fungi.

    www.apsnet.org/meetings/Documents/2015_meeting_abstracts/aps2015abP277.htm

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Akinsanmi, O.A., Miles, A. and Drenth, A. (2009). Macadamia. In Tony Cooke, Denis Persley and Susan House (Ed.), Diseases of Fruit Crops in Australia (pp. 149-156) Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Fungicide resistance generally emerges through mutations in the nuclear or mitochondrial genome. High risk fungicides are used to control several macadamia pathogens, therefore, development of fungicide resistant strains is a major threat to effective disease control. There is a dearth of information on fungicide resistance in the macadamia ecosystems. The study will include detection and diagnostics of fungicide resistant strains in major fungal pathogens in the Australian macadamia industry. The scholar will utilise various traditional plant pathology and molecular tools to understand the nature and risk of resistance in novel macadamia pathogen and at risk organisms such as Botrytis species, to QoI (group 7), SDHI (group 11) and DMI (group 3) fungicides.

  • This study will examine the pathogen biology of Diaporthe/Phomopsis and Colletotrichum species, associated with husk rot in macadamia. Information on epidemiological factors, infection process and mechanism of host resistance is required to develop forecasting models to manage the disease in macadamia cropping system.

  • This study will include field and laboratory studies to elucidate the epidemiology of the diseases associated with Botryosphaeriales in macadamia. The candidate will examine the timing of infection, conditions necessary for infection and disease development and eluciate the nature of the pathogenic-endophytic relationship of the fungi.

    www.apsnet.org/meetings/Documents/2015_meeting_abstracts/aps2015abP277.htm