Dr Anthony Young

Senior Lecturer - Crop Protection

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
anthony.young@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 358
0499292390

Overview

I have a keen interest in the evolutionary relationships that underpin symbioses, particularly those involved in plant disease. There are countless examples of how diseases have impacted on different crops throughout history, and this is an ongoing issue that deleteriously impacts food security. My research involves developing a better understanding of the epidemiology of plant diseases, and delivering improved diagnostics and field management. Working with collaborators and international experts, my work involves research on a broad range of plants that are affected by bacteria, fungi, oomycetes and viruses. I have a strong interest in the biotic factors that govern soil health and the methods by which we can promote the development of beneficial microbial communities.

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Soil Health
    Assessing soil health and promoting practices which improve it.
  • Discovering pathogens and other endosymbionts of sugarcane
    Using molecular techniques to identify the presence of different organisms associated with sugarcane and its relatives. These include the organism responsible for chlorotic streak and bacterial strains closely related to those that cause ratoon stunting disease.
  • Assess whether yellow canopy syndrome (YCS) is associated with Leifsonia strains
    A range of xylem-limited Leifsonia strains have been associated with sugarcane and its relatives in Australia and Indonesia. This work aims to determine if they are associated with yellow canopy syndrome (YCS).
  • Determine if Leifsonia were associated with Saccharum officinarum in New Guinea
    New Guinea is the centre of origin for sugarcane, however, RSD was only introduced there into commercial plantations at Ramu within the past 20 years. Travelling to relatively undisturbed sites, I wish to determine whether Leifsonia bacteria are naturally associated with S. officinarum in its centre of origin.
  • Improve mungbean performance against halo blight and tan spot
    The bacterial diseases halo blight (Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. phaseolicola) and tan spot (Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens subsp. flaccumfaciens) are major production constraints to Australian and international mungbean crops. Working closely with collaborators at QUT and DAF, we are aiming to identify improved genetic traits against these diseases and develop enhanced diagnostic tests for these targets.

Research Impacts

My previous research has had significant impacts in crop production, including management of chlorotic streak and ratoon stunting diseases of sugarcane, improved potato production in the southern Philippines, and identification of quarantine and biosecurity risks within Australia and abroad. There are exciting opportunities to work on a broad range of different crop presentations and to deploy the latest in molecular technologies to address the many challenges facing agriculture in the 21st Century.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Pasture Dieback is destroying pastures throughout Queensland and no-one knows what's causing it, or how to manage it. There is significant scope for Honours, Masters and PhD research on this topic.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Coates, Lindy, Akem, Chrys, Cooke, Tony, Dann, Elizabeth and Young, Anthony (2010). Mango. In Denis Persley, Susan House and Tony Cooke (Ed.), Diseases of fruit crops in Australia (pp. 157-174) Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Grice, Kathy, Henderson, Julieane, Pattison, Tony, Thomas, John, Vawdrey, Lynton and Young, Anthony (2009). Banana. In Tony Cooke, Denis Persley and Susan House (Ed.), Diseases of Fruit Crops in Australia (pp. 65-89) Australia: CSIRO.

  • Young, A. and Brumbley, S. M. (2004). Ratoon stunting disease of sugarcane: History, management and new research. In Rao, G. P., Saumtally, Salem and Rott, Philippe (Ed.), Sugarcane pathology. Vol. III: Bacterial and nematode diseases 3rd ed. (pp. 97-124) Enfield, U.S.: Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Stirling, G. R., Young, A. J., Aitken, R. L., Beattie, R. N. and Munro, A. (2018). Effects of compost and mill mud/ash on soil carbon and the nematode community in a field trial on sugarcane at Harwood, New South Wales. In: 40th Annual Conference Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2018. 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2018, Mackay, QLD, (41-49). April 18, 2018-April 20, 2018.

  • Young, Anthony (2017). Improved RSD management in Harwood leads to record yields. In: 39th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2017. 39th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2017, Cairns, QLD Australia, (219-221). 3-5 May 2017.

  • Young, Anthony and Ensbey, Mark (2015). Insights into the epidemiology of chlorotic streak disease as determined by multiple field assessments. In: 37th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2015. 37th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2015, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia, (158-165). 28-30 April, 2015.

  • Young, Anthony J., Nock, Catherine J., Martin, Aimee and Ensbey, Mark (2014). Novel diagnostic method for ratoon stunting disease: Development and implications for RSD management. In: R.C. Bruce, 36th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, ASSCT 2014, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia, (237-243). 28 April -1 May 2014.

  • Young, Anthony, Davis, Wayne and Lokes, Steve (2013). Generating and assessing chlorotic streak disease (CSD) ratings for twenty sugarcane varieties grown at Harwood. In: R. C. Bruce, 35th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 2013 (ASSCT 2013) . 35th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 2013 (ASSCT 2013) , Townsville, Australia, (133-140). 16-18 April 2013.

  • Young, Anthony, Lokes, Steve, Davis, Wayne and Aitken, Bob (2012). Reassessing rsd: Insights from harwood. In: 34th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 2012, ASSCT 2012. 34th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 2012, ASSCT 2012, Palm Cove, QLD, Australia, (267-273). 1-4 May 2012.

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.

  • Pasture Dieback is destroying pastures throughout Queensland and no-one knows what's causing it, or how to manage it. There is significant scope for Honours, Masters and PhD research on this topic.