Daniel Hüberli
Research Scientist
Daniel Huberli

My role in the department

Dr Hüberli is a plant pathologist at DPIRD focusing on fungal cereal root and crown pathogens. He is the national lead on the ‘abiotic interactions with diseases’ module which is part of the GRDC funded project ‘Soilborne disease interaction in Australian farming systems. He leads research to improve the management of crown rot and rhizoctonia bare patch, diseases that cause considerable losses in wheat and barley in WA. His research involves collaboration with CSIRO; Murdoch University; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; NSW Department of Primary Industries; South Australian Research and Development Institute; and Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Contact information

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

My background

Dr Hüberli has over 20 years' experience in research on soilborne and aerial diseases (notably Phytophthora sp.) in WA and California, USA. In 2009 he joined DPIRD Plant Pathology to conduct research on in-furrow fungicide options, working on Rhizoctonia solani AG8 and root lesion nematodes. This GRDC funded project gererated trial data supporting the registration of two new in-furrow fungicides to manage R. solaniMore recently, Dr Hüberli led WA research on management of crown rot through the project ‘National crown rot epidemiology and management program’ (DAN00175).


  • ‘National crown rot epidemiology and management program’, GRDC project (DAN00175)
  • ‘Soilborne disease interaction in Australian farming systems’, GRDC project (DJP1907-002RMX)
  • ‘Increasing farming system profitability and longevity of benefits following soil amelioration’, GRDC project (DAW1901-006RTX)
  • How dynamic changes in the biological, physical and chemical characteristics of soils after amelioration affect soilborne pathogens and nematode pests, DPIRD project

Key Expertise

cereal soilborne diseases, rhizoctonia solani AG8, fusarium crown rot, cereal root disease, wheat root disease, barley root disease, Phytophthora research in forest ecosystems


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