Dr Karl Robinson

UQ Amplify Researcher

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
k.robinson2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62295

Overview

Dr Karl Robinson joined QAAFI’s Centre for Horticultural Science (frm. Centre for Plant Sciences) in 2012 as a molecular biologist specialising in RNAi applications against animal and plant viruses. Karl received his doctoral degree from The University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 2009 and was awarded the 2009 UQ Deans Award. Karl has held postdoctoral research positions within Queensland Government/The University of Queensland - Agricultural Biotechnology Centre and the Viral Pathogenesis and Vaccine Group at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organisation, The University of Saskatchewan, Canada, before joining The Mitter Group. In 2017, Dr Robinson was awarded the Queensland State Government - Advance Queensland Reseach Fellowship to conduct research into alternative insect and virus control methods using RNAi and nanotechnology. Currently, a senior research fellow, supported by Grains Research Development Corporation and Horticulture Innovation Australia, Karl is leading research into spray-on RNAi applications for viruses and insects in high value grain and horticultural crops with the aim of effectively translating these technologies to industrial cropping systems. Karl supervises a team of several honors and higher degree research students and delivers the plant virology lectures of School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences 3rd year virology course at UQ.

PhD Scholarships are available.

Research Interests

  • RNAi Biopesticides.
    Design, production and testing of spray-on RNA interference (RNAi) solutions to control viruses and insects that affect horticultural crops grown in protected cropping environs and broad acre grains crops such as wheat, barley, and canola.
  • Development of live viral vaccines Australian animal industries.
    Explore the utility of Herpesviruses as a multi-valent live viral vaccine platform for the vaccination of animals.
  • Phage therapy in agriculture.
    Isolation, identification and establishment of lytic bacteriophages populations that may alleviate the bacterial disease burden in agricultural production systems.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • We are looking for domestic (Australia and New Zealand) PhD applicants passionate about applied plant virology research in cereal grain crops. This project aims to investigate the effectiveness of RNA-based sprays as a potential control strategy for BYDV (wheat and barley), TuYV (canola and pulses) and their aphid vectors to reduce viral load in planta and quantify the associated reduction in yield loss following application pre- and post-infection. Working closely with partners at DPIRD, Macquarie University and DAF QLD, this project will accelerate the translation of RNAi-based biopesticide applications as novel viricides to Australian grains industries.

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Helbig, Karla J., Bull, Rowena A., Ambrose, Rebecca, Beard, Michael R., Blanchard, Helen, Böcking, Till, Chua, Brendon, Colmant, Agathe M. G., Crosse, Keaton M., Purcell, Damian F. J., Fraser, Johanna, Hayward, Joshua A., Hamilton, Stuart T., Husain, Matloob, MacDiarmid, Robin, Mackenzie, Jason M., Moseley, Gregory W., Nguyen, Thi H O, Quiñones-Mateu, Miguel E., Robinson, Karl, Rodrigo, Chaturaka, Rodriguez-Andres, Julio, Rudd, Penny A., Werno, Anja, White, Peter, Young, Paul, Speck, Peter, Hibma, Merilyn, Drummer, Heidi E. and Tachedjian, Gilda (2020). Tenth Scientific Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Virology Society-AVS10 2019. Tenth Scientific Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Virology Society, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2–5 December 2019. Basel, Switzerland: M D P I AG. doi: 10.3390/v12060621

  • Jain, Ritesh G., Robinson, Karl and Mitter, Neena (2019). RNAi-mediated management of whitefly Bemisia tabaci by oral delivery of double-stranded RNAs. The Third International Tropical Agriculture Conference TropAg 2019 , Brisbane, QLD Australia, 11-13 November 2019. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019036011

  • Hartawan, Risza, Meers, Joanne, Mahony, Tim and Robinson, Karl (2010). Vectoring of avian influenza antigens using a recombinant avian herpes virus vector. Global Biosecurity 2010, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 28 February-3 March 2010.

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.

  • We are looking for domestic (Australia and New Zealand) PhD applicants passionate about applied plant virology research in cereal grain crops. This project aims to investigate the effectiveness of RNA-based sprays as a potential control strategy for BYDV (wheat and barley), TuYV (canola and pulses) and their aphid vectors to reduce viral load in planta and quantify the associated reduction in yield loss following application pre- and post-infection. Working closely with partners at DPIRD, Macquarie University and DAF QLD, this project will accelerate the translation of RNAi-based biopesticide applications as novel viricides to Australian grains industries.