Ciara Beard
Research Officer
Ciara Beard

My role in the department

I am a plant pathologist based in the Geraldton Port Zone. My role involves conducting research in the field and laboratory to improve our understanding of how disease contraints effect the yield and quality of broad acre crops such as wheat, barley, lupins and canola. I am involved in developing integrated disease management strategies and am also responsible for extending this information through online publications, field days, crop updates and other avenues to benefit the WA grains industry.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9956 8504

My background

I have over 15 years experience in researching broad acre crop protection issues and extending research results effectively to industry. I am a respected researcher and source of plant pathology information in the Geraldton Port Zone, within the state and across Australia. Initially, upon joining DPIRD (previously DAFWA) in 2001, I had a brief role in farming systems and economics before moving into the exciting world of plant pathology research and extension where I have stayed. I have honed skills in: designing and implementing field and laboratory experiments; diagnosing disease problems in cereals, canola and lupins; giving advice and presenting research results to growers and consultants on effective use of fungicides and other strategies to manage disease; online extension of research results.


  • Improving growers surveillance, management, epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease. National GRDC funded project DAW00229
  • National Canola Pathogen Program including new molecular knowledge, pathogen evolution and control techniques. National GRDC funded project UM00051
  • National Pathogen management modelling and delivery of decision support. National GRDC funded project DAW00228
  • Integrated disease and pest management, Grains Industry
  • National pulse sclerotinia project

Key Expertise

Cereal pathology, foliar disease, sclerotinia in canola and lupins, grains research, communication


  • BSc in Agriculture with Honours, University of Western Australia, 2001