Dr Jane O'Sullivan

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

Plant nutrition, specialising in tropical root crops.

Since joining the University of Queensland in 1992, Dr. O'Sullivan has completed a series of projects characterising deficiencies and toxicities of mineral nutrients, in species of sweetpotato, aroids and yams, and identifying and remediating nutritional disorders in semi-subsistence production contexts in collaboration with project partners in Pacific Island countries.

Research Interests

  • Population growth and its impacts
    The environmental, social, micro- and macro-economic impacts of population growth, and the efficacy of policy and program options addressing it.
  • Demographic ageing
    Critiquing the basis and motives for negative messaging about demographic ageing and advancing more objective and balanced analysis.
  • Carbon pricing as a response to climate change
    Advantages of consumption-basis accounting and charging for greenhouse gas emissions, and risks and misconceptions around emissions trading.
  • Food security
    Multidimensional challenges of meeting the food demands of the global population while preserving or restoring environmental function and biodiversity.
  • Crop Nutrition
    Mineral nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, particularly of tropical root crops.
  • Low input and semi-subsistence farming systems
    Improving productivity and sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the tropics.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • (2007) Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • O'Sullivan, Jane (2014). Ageing paranoia, its fictional basis and all too real costs. In Jenny Goldie and Katharine Betts (Ed.), Sustainable futures: linking population, resources and the environment (pp. 47-60) Collingwood, VIC Austalia: CSIRO Pubishing.

  • O'Sullivan, J. (2013). Nutrient disorders. In Christopher A. Clark, Donald M. Ferrin, Tara P. Smith and Gerald J. Holmes (Ed.), Compendium of Sweetpotato Diseases, Pests, and Disorders Second Edition ed. (pp. 120-133) St. Paul, Minn., United States: APS Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • O'Sullivan, J. O., Norton, G., Amante, V. and Vasquez, E. (2005). Development of a computer-based extension support tool for diagnosising problems in sweetpotato crops. In: M.A. Nichols, Acta horticulturae: I International Symposium on Root and Tuber Crops: Food Down Under. 1st International Symposium on Root and Tuber Crops: Food Down Under, Palmerston North, New Zealand, (137-141). 9-12 February 2004.

  • O'Sullivan, J. N., Ivahupa, S., Asher, C. J. and Blamey, F. P. C (2005). Interpretation of tissue analysis for potassium nutrition in tropical root crops dependent on sodium concentration. In: Chunjian J. Li, Plant Nutrition for Food Security, Human Health and Environmental Protection. Fifteenth International Plant Nutrition Colloquium, Beijing, China, (622-623). 14-19 September 2005.

  • Melteras, Marie, O'Sullivan, Jane, Asher, Colin and Lebot, Vincent (2004). Comparison of soil tests with plant response to nutrients in selected soils of Vanuatu. In: T. Fischer, N. Turner, J. Angus, L. McIntyre, M. Robertson, A. Borrell and D. Lloyd, New Directions for a Diverse Planet: Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (1-4). 26 September-1 October 2004.

  • O'Sullivan, Jane, Norton, Geoff, Amante, Vilma and Vasquez, Erlinda (2004). Development of a matrix-based, multi-media diagnostic key to sweetpotato problems. In: T. Fischer, N. Turner, J. Angus, L. McIntyre, M. Robertson, A. Borrell and D. Lloyd, New Directions for a Diverse Planet: Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (1-4). 26 September-1 October 2004.

  • Ernest, James and O'Sullivan, Jane (2004). Improved fallow and live-staking of yam using Gliricidia sepium in Papua New Guinea. In: T. Fischer, N. Turner, J. Angus, L. McIntyre, M. Robertson, A. Borrell and D. Lloyd, New Directions for a Diverse Planet: Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (1-4). 26 September-1 October 2004.

  • O'Sullivan, J. N., Jenner, R. and Edwards, D. G. (2002). Nutrient deficiences in greater yam (Dioscorea alata) and their effects on leaf nutrient concentrations. In: Makoto Nakatani and Katsumi Komaki, Potential of root crops for food and industrial resources. 12th Symposium of the Intern'l Society for Tropical Root Crops, Tsukuba, Japan, (376-379). 10-16 September, 2000.

  • Hartemink, A. E., Poloma, S. and O'Sullivan, J. N. (2001). Integrated nutrient management research on sweet potato at Hobu, Morobe Province. In: R.M. Bourke and M.G. Allen and J.G. Salisbury, Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference. Food Security for Papua New Guinea, PNG University of Technology, Lae, (698-711). 26-30 June, 2000.

  • O'Sullivan, J. N., Humphrey, B. and Igua, P. (2001). Selecting sweet potato genotypes tolerant of specific environmental constraints. In: R.M. Bourke and M.G. Allen and J.G. Salisbury, Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference. Food Security for Papua New Guinea, PNG University of Technology, Lae, (689-697). 26-30 June, 2000.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2007) Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor