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

  • Thomas, John E. (2021). Banana bunchy top virus (Nanoviridae). Encyclopedia of virology. (pp. 169-175) edited by Dennis H. Bamford and Mark Zuckerman. Cambridge, MA USA: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-809633-8.21235-1

  • 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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision