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Biology and epidemiology of foliar diseases of macadamia

Project summary

Ecosciences Precinct
Research area
Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences, Biological sciences

Project description

The Australian macadamia industry is widespread across a range of climatic regions with varying disease pressure, severity and orchard characteristics. Improved knowledge of the relationship among the fungal pathogens causing flower and fruit diseases and host phenology in macadamia is required. Such information would be based on thorough understanding of disease cycle, pathogen biology and epidemiology under varying environmental conditions.

The study would consider the effects of climate change and the anomalous weather trend on disease prevalence and impact, develop and use epidemiological models to support seasonal forecasts of flower and fruit diseases in macadamia.

The overarching objective of the project is to develop knowledge and tools to support integrated management approach to address disease problems in macadamia.


This is an Earmarked scholarship project that aligns with a recently awarded Australian Government grant.

The scholarship includes:

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • your tuition fees covered
  • single overseas student health cover (OSHC).

Learn more about the Earmarked scholarship.


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis taking into account your:

  • academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

Working knowledge of modelling, molecular biology and biometrics would be beneficial.

You'll demonstrate academic achievement in plant science and agriculture and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of plant pathology is highly desirable.

How to apply

This project requires candidates to commence no later than Research Quarter 2, 2025. To allow time for your application to be processed, we recommend applying no later than 31 December, 2024 30 September, 2024.

You can start in an earlier research quarter. See application dates.

Before you apply

  1. Check your eligibility for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. Prepare your documentation.
  3. Contact Femi Akinsanmi ( to discuss your interest and suitability.

When you apply

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a PhD. You don’t need to submit a separate scholarship application.

In your application ensure that under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section you select:

  • My higher degree is not collaborative
  • I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship
  • UQ Earmarked Scholarship type.

Apply now