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. In Paula Tennant and Gustavo Fermin (Ed.), Virus Diseases of Tropical and Subtropical Crops (pp. 228-236) Wallingford United Kingdom: CABI.

  • Schwinghamer, M., Thomas, J. and Fletcher, M. J. (2011). Mastreviruses. In 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. In Tony Cooke, Denis Persley and Susan House (Ed.), Diseases of Fruit Crops in Australia (pp. 65-89) Australia: CSIRO.

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

  • Thomas, J. E., Geering, A. D. W., Dahal, G., Lockhart, B. E. L. and Thottappilly, G. (2003). Banana and plantain. In Loebenstein, Gad and Thottappilly, George (Ed.), Virus and virus-like diseases of major crops in developing countries (pp. 477-496) 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 — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision