About AFREN

The Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network

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About AFREN

Supported by the GRDC, the Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network (AFREN) brings together regional plant pathologists, fungicide resistance experts and communications and extension specialists to develop and deliver fungicide resistance resources to growers and advisers across the country. 

You can help by taking part in our national fungicide resistance survey. 

Fungicide resistance

Fungicide resistance is a multi-dimensional problem, with impacts and management strategies specific to different crops, diseases and regions.

The risk of fungicide resistance is greatest where fungicides with a single mode of action are used repeatedly to control highly virulent pathogens in the presence of susceptible crop varieties, favourable weather conditions and less than ideal agronomic practices. 

By taking advantage of AFREN resources, growers and advisers can better understand how to reduce the threat of fungicide resistance. 

AFREN objectives

AFREN brings together regional plant pathologists, fungicide resistance experts and communications specialists to develop and deliver resources for growers and advisers. Our goal is to provide knowledge and understanding of best practice management strategies to reduce the impact and emergence of fungicide resistance.  

Specifically, the project will deliver: 

  • A national fungicide resistance management guide 
  • Local information sessions and workshops  
  • Fact sheets, updates and email alerts  
  • Educational webinars  

Regionally-specific resources are being developed to help growers and advisers address the issue as it impacts their area 

By increasing awareness of occurrences, risk factors and best management practices, we can limit the emergence and the impact of fungicide resistance in Australia.  

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Share your experiences

Share your experiences with fungal pathogens and fungicide resistance with AFREN and other farmers. Upload photos of fungal infections in your crops, or your stories of fungicide resistance.

Please provide as much information as possible in the upload form.

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Contact the AFREN team

Communication and Extension

Dr Kylie Ireland

Dr Kylie Ireland

AFREN Extension Coordinator

 

Centre for Crop and Disease Management
Curtin University

08 9266 3541
0419 649 610
Email Kylie
Visit CCDM website

AgCommunicators

AgCommunicators

Communications and Extension

 

Bridget Penna, David Foxx
& Loren Revell-Karutz

08 8332 3277
0429 676 413
Email AgCommunicators
Visit AgC website

John Cameron

John Cameron

AFREN Extension & Crop Protection Specialist

Workshops

Independent Consultants Australia Network

02 9482 4930
0427 209 709
Email John
Visit ICAN Rural website

Regional Fungicide Resistance Experts

New South Wales

Dr Steven Simpfendorfer

Dr Steven Simpfendorfer

Senior Research Scientist

• Cereal pathologist
• Integrated disease management in winter cereals
• Diagnostics and surveillance

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Tamworth Agricultural Institute

0439 581 672
Email Steve
Visit NSW DPI website

Queensland

Levente Kiss

Levente Kiss

Director, Centre for Crop Health

• Integrated disease management in summer grains
• Powdery mildew

Centre for Crop Health
University of Southern Queensland

07 4687 5846
0473 524 788
Email Levente

Visit USQ website

 

Dr Lisle Snyman

Dr Lisle Snyman

Senior Plant Pathologist

• Cereal pathology – winter cereals
• Barley foliar diseases & wheat rusts
• Net form net blotch of barley

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

07 4542 6761
0428 324 932
Email Lisle
Visit DAF Qld website

South Australia

Dr Tara Garrard

Dr Tara Garrard

Research Leader - Cereal Pathology

• Cereal pathology
• Net form net blotch of barley

South Australian Research and Development Institute

08 8429 2247
Email Tara

Visit PIRSA website

Dr Hugh Wallwork

Dr Hugh Wallwork

Research Scientist

• Cereal pathology
• Net form net blotch and scald of barley
• Integrated disease management in cereals

South Australian Research and Development Institute

08 8429 2227
0427 001 568
Email Hugh
Visit PIRSA website

Jenny Davidson

Jenny Davidson

Research leader, Plant Health and Biosecurity

• Pulse Pathology
• Integrated disease management in pulses

South Australian Research and Development Institute

08 8429 2228
Email Jenny
Visit PIRSA website

Victoria

Dr Grant Hollaway

Dr Grant Hollaway

Senior Plant Pathologist

• Field crop pathology
• Integrated disease management

Agriculture Victoria

03 4344 3111
Email Grant
Visit Agriculture Victoria website

Nick Poole

Nick Poole

Managing Director

• High rainfall zone agronomy and crop pathology
• Septoria tritici blotch of wheat
• Foliar fungicides and fungicide resistance

FAR Australia

03 4344 3335
Email Nick
Visit FAR Australia website

Steve Marcroft

Steve Marcroft

Coordinator - Australian Canola Pathology Program

• Canola pathology
• Blackleg of canola
• Blackleg resistance ratings and fungicide resistance screening

Marcroft Grains Pathology

03 5381 2294
0409 978 941
Email Steve
Visit Marcroft website

Angela Van de Wouw

Angela Van de Wouw

Senior research fellow

• Canola pathology
• Blackleg of canola
• Blackleg resistance ratings and fungicide resistance screening

School of BioSciences
University of Melbourne

0439 900 919
Email Angela
Visit Mycology Laboratory website

Western Australia

Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas

Research Scientist

• Cereal & Pulse Pathology
• Integrated disease management
• Extension

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA

08 9368 3262
0428 947 287
Email Geoff
Visit DPIRD WA website

Kithsiri Jayasena

Kithsiri Jayasena

Research Scientist

• Cereal pathology and extension
• Integrated disease management
• Fungicide resistance and management

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA

08 9892 8477
0407 081 388
Email Kith
Visit DPIRD WA website

Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz

Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz

Program leader - Fungicide resistance management and disease impacts


• Fungicide resistance diagnostics and management

Centre for Crop and Disease Management
Curtin University

08 9266 3061
Email Fran
Visit CCDM website