Daniel Hüberli
Research Scientist
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My role in the department

Daniel is a plant pathologist focusing on fungal root and crown pathogens of broadacre crops. He is the WA expert on management of fungal soilborne diseases of cereals, with over 10 years of field research delivered to the WA grains industry. He leads research on soil amelioration effects on soilborne fungal diseases, and the pathogenicity of a new Phytophthora on board leaf crops. Daniel co-supervises a PhD student project looking at a plasma, novel method, to control fusarium head blight. Daniel is actively involved in extension and training workshops to inform agronomists and grain growers of identification and best management of soilborne diseases.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9368 3836
+61 (0)427 426 522

My background

Daniel has over 25 years' research experience in WA and the United States in agricultural and forest ecosystems on soilborne fungal pathogens. He joined DPIRD in 2009 to conduct research on in-furrow fungicide options, working on Rhizoctonia solani AG8. This GRDC and SARDI collaboration generated trial data that supported registration of new in-furrow fungicides to manage R. solani. Daniel has led State and national projects including abiotic interactions with diseases for the GRDC funded project, Soilborne disease interaction in Australian farming systems, and National crown rot epidemiology and management program. He authored or co-authored 35 papers in refereed scientific journals and regularly presents and authors at the GRDC Research Updates in Perth and regional WA. 


  • Effect of liming on disease caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG8, DPIRD Crop Protection small project.
  • Effect of mechanical soil amelioration and crop rotation on Rhizoctonia solani AG8 inoculum and disease, DPIRD Soil Science and Crop Nutrition small project.
  • Establish host range, pathogenicity and the potential impact of pathogens of pulse and oilseed crops in Western Australia, DPIRD Crop Protection small project.
  • Management of fungal staining in expert cereal grains with cold plasma, DPIRD Boosting Grains R&D and Murdoch University PhD.
  • Soil pathogen identification and management strategies for winter cereals, GRDC project FLR1911-003RTX.
  • Dynamic changes in the biological, physical and chemical characteristics of soils after amelioration that affect soilborne pathogens. Royalties for Regions
  • Increasing farming system profitability and longevity of benefits following soil amelioration, GRDC project DAW1901-006RTX.

Key Expertise

Grains agriculture research, field surveys, cereal soilborne diseases, Rhizoctonia solani AG8, fusarium crown rot, cereal root disease, wheat and barley root disease, lupin root disease, canola, soil health, crop rotation, Phytophthora, crown rot disease


  • PhD in Plant Pathology, Murdoch University, 2002
  • BS in Biological Sciences with Honours, Murdoch University, 1995
  • Diploma of Project Management, North Metropolitan Tafe, 2017