Geoff Thomas
Research Officer, Plant Pathology
Geoff Thomas

My role in the department

I am a plant pathologist based at the DPIRD South Perth office. My research focuses in two primary areas, epidemiology and integrated management of diseases impacting on production and sustainability of cereal and grain legume cropping in Western Australia and disease screening and resistance phenotyping for the DPIRD lupin breeding program.

I lead the GRDC funded project, ‘Improving grower surveillance, management, epidemiology, knowledge, and tools to manage crop disease – WA’, carrying out disease surveillance, integrated disease management research, crop disease diagnostics, disease identification training and extension of crop disease and management information.through online publications, field days, industry seminars and other avenues to benefit the WA grains industry.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9368 3262
+61 (0)428 947 287

My background

I have over 20 years experience in grains pathology research and extension in WA. I have been involved with field based research in cereal and legume grain crops across the WA wheatbelt. I enjoy and value my experience in extending research outcomes across the grains industry.

Projects

  • Improving growers surveillance, management, epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease. GRDC funded project - DAW00229
  • National Pathogen management modelling and delivery of decision support. National GRDC funded project - DAW00228

Key Expertise

Wheat, barley, lupin, crop disease, plant pathology, plant disease screening, grain crop disease research, communications

Qualifications

  • BS in Agriculture with Honours, University of Western Australia