Associate Professor John Thomas

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
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Research Interests

  • Plant viruses
    Associate Professor John Thomas is a plant virologist, based at the Ecosciences Precinct at Dutton Park. His research focuses on the identification and control of plant virus diseases, especially those affecting tropical and sub-tropical crops. These aims are achieved through molecular characterisation of viruses and the development of diagnostic assays, epidemiological studies and collaborations with plant breeders and tissue culture specialists.


  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, The University of Sydney


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Book Chapter

  • Gambley, Cherie and Thomas, John (2015). Mealybug Wilt Disease. Virus Diseases of Tropical and Subtropical Crops. (pp. 228-236) edited by Paula Tennant and Gustavo Fermin. Wallingford United Kingdom: CABI.

  • Schwinghamer, M., Thomas, J. and Fletcher, M. J. (2011). Mastreviruses. Compendium of chickpea and lentil diseases and pests. (pp. 86-87) St Paul, MN, USA: APS Press.

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

  • Anderson, Jay, Pegg, Ken and Thomas, John (2009). Passionfruit. Diseases of Fruit Crops in Australia. (pp. 197-206) edited by Cooke, Tony, Persley, Dennis and House, Susan. Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Thomas, J. E., Geering, A. D. W., Dahal, G., Lockhart, B. E. L. and Thottappilly, G. (2003). Banana and plantain. Virus and virus-like diseases of major crops in developing countries. (pp. 477-496) edited by Loebenstein, Gad and Thottappilly, George . Dordrecht ; London: Kluwer Academic. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-0791-7

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Crew, Kathy, Vance, Megan, Tran, Nga, Moradi, Mona and Thomas, John (2021). Better understanding of banana bunch top disease. Australasian Plant Pathology Society, Online, 23-26 November 2021.

  • Vance, Megan E. and Thomas, John E. (2019). Development of new diagnostic antibodies for Banana bunchy top virus. Australasian Plant Pathology Society 22nd Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 26-28 November 2019. Melbourne, Australia:

  • Ngo, Ha, Crew, Kathy S., Vance, Megan, Thomas, John, Nguyen, Son, Duarte, Tania, Coin, Lachlan and Geering, Andrew (2019). New achievements for diagnostics of banana streak virus. Australasian Plant Pathology Society 22nd Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 26-28 November 2019. Melbourne, Australia:

  • Sharman, M., Persley, D., McMichael, L. and Thomas, J. (2007). Tospoviruses infecting capsicum and tomato in Australia. VIII International Symposium on Thysanoptera and Tospoviruses, Pacific Grove, California, September 11-15, 2005. TUCSON: UNIV ARIZONA. doi: 10.1673/031.007.2801

  • Remans, T., Schenk, P. M., Elliot, A. R., Sagi, L., Geering, A. D., McMichael, L. A., Thomas, J.E., Swennen, R. L., Grof, C. P., Manners, J. and Ebert, P.R. (1999). Promoters from Australian Banana streak Badna-Virus (BSV) isolates drive transgene expression in Banana, Sugarcane and Tobacco. ComBio 99, Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast, 27-30 September, 1999. Kent Town, SA: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision