Dr Lilia Costa Carvalhais

Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Affiliate Academic

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
l.carvalhais@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32452

Overview

I am driven by a curiosity to understand the overwhelming complexity of the biological world and how we can use it to solve problems of our time. I find especially intriguing all the invisible interactions between plant and microbes. I investigate the drivers of these interactions and aim to address major societal challenges, like food security. Currently, I study the biology, distribution and epidemiology of banana diseases to: 1) develop molecular diagnostic assays to prevent new incursions and further spread, and 2) identify the best management strategies. Diseases include banana Fusarium wilt, banana wilt associated phytoplasma (BWAP), Black Sigatoka, Eumusae leaf spot, Moko (Bugtok), banana blood disease, Xanthomonas wilt and Freckle.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Master in Ecology, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences, Universität Hohenheim

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dang, Yash Pal, Balzer, Anna, Crawford, Mark, Rincon-Florez, Vivian, Liu, Hongwei, Melland, Alice Rowena, Antille, Diogenes, Kodur, Shreevatsa, Bell, Michael John, Whish, Jeremey Patrick Milroy, Lai, Yunru, Seymour, Nikki, Carvalhais, Lilia Costa and Schenk, Peer (2018). Strategic tillage in conservation agricultural systems of north-eastern Australia: why, where, when and how?. In: International Conference on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use (CASLU), Budapest Hungary, (1000-1015). May 31-Jun 02, 2016. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-8937-1

  • Rincon-Florez, Vivian A., Carvalhais, Lilia C., Liu, Hongwei, Dang, Yash, Crawford, Mark, Balzer, Anna, Bell, Mike, Ram, Dalal and Schenk, Peer (2014). Strategic tillage did not affect soil microbial bioindicators in long-term no-till farming systems in vertosols from Queensland, Australia. In: Proceedings of the Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference. Soil Science 2014: National Soil Science Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (1-1). 23-27 November 2014.

  • Liu, Hongwei, Rincon-Florez, Vivian, Dang, Yash, Crawford, Mark, Balzer, Anna, Bell, Mike, Ram, Dalal, Costa Carvalhais, Lilia and Schenk, Peer (2014). Strategic tillage impacts on biological attributes of long term no-till soils in northern grain region of Australia. In: Antonio Patti, Caixan Tang and Vanessa Wong, Proceedings of the Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference. Soil Science 2014: National Soil Science Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (1-1). 23-27 November, 2014.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision