Alison Mathews
Research Scientist
Alison Mathews

My role in the department

Alison is an entomologist focusing on the area of sustainable pest management in horticultural crops across the south-west of Western Australia. Her main areas of work are temperate horticulture pests, integrated pest management and extension.

Alison’s most recent projects have been on the management of six-spotted mite in avocado orchards, pest and orchard floor management in truffle orchards and avocado, pome fruit and olive integrated pest management.

Based in Manjimup, Alison is the Department’s point of contact for many pest enquiries from horticultural industries across the southwest. As well as liaising with industries as part of her projects she also maintains contact with growers, consultants and other stakeholders in industries such as wine grapes, stone fruit, vegetables and citrus, answering commercial enquiries, presenting at industry events and being a local point of contact for interstate and international researchers.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9777 0122
+61 (0)427 843 312

My background

Prior to her current role Alison worked as a Development Officer based in both Manjimup and Geraldton working on vegetable crop nutrition and irrigation and dryland salinity management.


  • Six spotted mite in avocados
  • Avocado, pome fruit and olive integrated pest management
  • Pest and orchard floor management in truffles

Key Expertise

Six spotted mite, Entomologist, Avocado pest management, Pome fruit pest management, Olive pest management, Pest management, Truffle pest management


  • BA Agricultural Science with Honours, University of Tasmania
  • MAS Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland

My articles

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