Several Phytophthora species have been associated with diseases in macadamia. These pathogens cause significant constraints to macadamia production worldwide. Our studies have revealed wide variation in the occurrence, diversity and aggressiveness of Phytophthora species, in the Australian macadamia farming systems. Differences in susceptibility among commercial macadamia cultivars, is a challenge for disease resistance breeding. Wild germplasm of the four native Macadamia species (M. integrifolia, M. tetraphylla¸ M. ternifolia and M. jansenii) are a great resource in developing Phytophthora disease resistant genotypes in breeding programs.

Anthony headshotDr Olumide Jeff-Ego

Dr Olumide Jeff-Ego is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and trained Plant Pathologist at UQ experienced in research on macadamia diseases. Her expertise includes disease diagnostics and management in food crops, and she has developed research capability to innovate, design and implement novel disease screening methods and diagnostic platforms for existing or emerging plant diseases. Was named the international women of the year for the macadamia industry in 2020

Dr Olumide Jeff-Ego, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Horticultural Science E: o.jeffego@uq.edu.au

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