Andrea Hills
Research Officer
Andrea Hills

My role in the department

As a research officer for cereal and oilseed pathology I run a regional trial program via two GRDC projects that addresses national, state and regional disease issues, including collaborative work with universities, industry and interstate colleagues. Nationally I represent WA on the eXtensionAUS leadership team panel for Fieldcrop Diseases. In addition to field trials, in DPIRD’s cereal pathology project, I also lead an innovative activity into UAV mapping of rhizoctonia root rot where we are investigating how we can use NDVI paddock images to generate VR paddock maps to ameliorate rhizoctonia at sowing and increase returns while minimising the inputs needed to achieve this. Communication and extension of research to colleagues and growers is an important aspect of my role at DPIRD and I regularly speak to growers and industry via Research Updates, radio, written articles and field walks.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9083 1144

My background

My experience combines a background in barley agronomy research and farming systems extension and communication. Having first started as a development officer in DPIRD, I gained important communication and extension skills while working across the full suite of issues relevant to our dryland farming systems. As a barley agronomy research officer I ran a field trial program that provided the basis for developing reliable, timely outputs that contributed to the development of the barley grain industry by providing the WA malting industry and growers with the skills and knowledge to confidently adopt new varieties and management practices.

Projects

  • National Canola Pathogen Program including new molecular knowledge, pathogen evolution and control techniques. GRDC funded project - UM00051
  • Improving growers surveillance, management, epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease. GRDC funded project - DAW00229
  • UAV mapping of rhizoctonia root rot for targeted treatment – developing a disease management tool for growers.

Key Expertise

Crop agronomy, barley, cereal pathology, foliar disease, rhizoctonia, grains research, communication

Qualifications

  • BSc (Agriculture), University of Western Australia