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

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Available Projects

  • 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.

  • Fungi and oomycetes are associated with flower blights in macadamia. Recently, new pathogens were reported as causal agents of flower blights in macadamia. The proposed research will use macadamia cropping system as a framework to study the epidemiology of the three economically important flower diseases. Botrytis blight caused by Botrytis cinerea, Pestalotiopsis blight caused by Pestalotiopsis and Neopestalotiopsis macadamiae and Cladosporium blight caused by Cladosporium cladosporioides. Depending on weather conditions all the three pathogens can cause severe damage to macadamia flowers, although each belong to different group and has contrasting life cycles.

    Through an improved understanding of epidemiology of the pathogens associated with flower blights, the objective of this study is to define better management strategies, with a well-defined decision support system for flower blights within the macadamia cropping system. The study will involve field, glasshouse and laboratory work to study the epidemiology of the diseases. A process-based modelling approach will be used to link pathogen life cycle to crop growth.

  • 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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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.

  • 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.

  • Fungi and oomycetes are associated with flower blights in macadamia. Recently, new pathogens were reported as causal agents of flower blights in macadamia. The proposed research will use macadamia cropping system as a framework to study the epidemiology of the three economically important flower diseases. Botrytis blight caused by Botrytis cinerea, Pestalotiopsis blight caused by Pestalotiopsis and Neopestalotiopsis macadamiae and Cladosporium blight caused by Cladosporium cladosporioides. Depending on weather conditions all the three pathogens can cause severe damage to macadamia flowers, although each belong to different group and has contrasting life cycles.

    Through an improved understanding of epidemiology of the pathogens associated with flower blights, the objective of this study is to define better management strategies, with a well-defined decision support system for flower blights within the macadamia cropping system. The study will involve field, glasshouse and laboratory work to study the epidemiology of the diseases. A process-based modelling approach will be used to link pathogen life cycle to crop growth.

  • 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