Dr Kirsty Owen


Dr Kirsty Owen
NameDr Kirsty Owen
Email Addresskirsty.owen@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Crop Nematology)
QualificationsBScAg Sydney, MScAg Sydney, PhD Sydney
DepartmentCentre for Crop Health (Operations)
School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
AffiliationsCentre for Crop Health
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9663-8225
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Biography

Kirsty Owen is currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia with expertise in the management of root-lesion nematodes in grain crops. Her research interests include biotic constraints to crop production within farming systems, particularly interactions between nematodes, soil-borne diseases and beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Her teaching in plant science and agriculture draws on her experiences in applied research and communication of research outcomes with the rural community.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Research FellowUniversity of Southern Queensland20132022
Soil MicrobiologistAgri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries19992013

Expertise

Plant nematology

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Farming systems

Teaching

Plant Physiology

Biology 2 (Plants)

Critical Issues in Agriculture

Food Security in the 21st Century

Succeeding in Science

Fields of Research

  • 300499. Crop and pasture production not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Australasian Plant Pathology
Australasian Association of Nematologists
BScAg
Sydney
1994
MScAg
Sydney
1996
PhD
Sydney
1999

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Genetics of Root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei resistance in mung bean (Vigna radiata)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Investigation into the Use of Different Platforms to Phenotype Wheat Cultivars for Tolerance to the Root Lesion Nematode Pratylenchus ThorneiAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Elucidation of biochemical defence mechanisms in wheat (Triticum aestivum) against root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2021
The interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, rhizobia and root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) in mung bean (vigna radiata)Principal SupervisorDoctoral2021
Assessing the resistance to root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) in a new collection of wild chickpea (Cicer reticulatum and C. echinospermum) from TurkeyAssociate SupervisorMasters2020
Use of normalised difference vegetation index to assess tolerance of wheat cultivars to root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornel)Associate SupervisorMasters2019

Cereal and Pulse Crops with Improved Resistance to Pratylenchus thornei Are Needed to Maximize Wheat Production and Expand Crop Sequence Options

Owen, Kirsty J., Clewett, Timothy G., Bell, Kerry L. and Thompson, John P. 2022. "Cereal and Pulse Crops with Improved Resistance to Pratylenchus thornei Are Needed to Maximize Wheat Production and Expand Crop Sequence Options." Agronomy. 12 (3), pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12030573

Detection and Quantification of Root-Knot Nematode (Meloidogyne Spp.) Eggs From Tomato Plants Using Image Analysis

Pun, Top Bahadur, Neupane, Arjun, Koech, Richard and Owen, Kirsty J.. 2022. "Detection and Quantification of Root-Knot Nematode (Meloidogyne Spp.) Eggs From Tomato Plants Using Image Analysis ." IEEE Access. 10, pp. 123190-123204. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3223707

A triumph of tolerance: managing the threat to wheat production by the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei in the subtropical grain region of eastern Australia

Owen, Kirsty J.. 2022. "A triumph of tolerance: managing the threat to wheat production by the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei in the subtropical grain region of eastern Australia." Sikora, Richard A., Desaeger, Johan and Molendijk, Leendert (ed.) Integrated nematode management: state-of-the-art and visions for the future. Boston, United States. CABI. pp. 13-19

The role of nutrients underlying interactions among root‑nodule bacteria (Bradyrhizobium sp.), arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) and root‑lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) in nitrogen fixation and growth of mung bean (Vigna radiata)

Gough, E. C., Owen, K. J., Zwart, R. S. and Thompson, J. P.. 2022. "The role of nutrients underlying interactions among root‑nodule bacteria (Bradyrhizobium sp.), arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) and root‑lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) in nitrogen fixation and growth of mung bean (Vigna radiata)." Plant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relationships. 472 (1-2), pp. 421-449. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-021-05254-8

Consistent responses of yield and resistance of wheat cultivars to the root-lesion nematode, Pratylenchus thornei, in the Australian northern subtropical region, but not in the temperate southern region

Owen, Kirsty J., Fanning, Joshua P., Reeves, Karyn L. and Hollaway, Grant J.. 2021. "Consistent responses of yield and resistance of wheat cultivars to the root-lesion nematode, Pratylenchus thornei, in the Australian northern subtropical region, but not in the temperate southern region." Plant Pathology. 70 (8), pp. 1790-1806. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppa.13417

Summer crop disease breakthroughs

Kelly, Lisa, Owen, Kirsty, Sharman, Murray, Vukovic, Peter and Adorada, Dante L.. 2021. "Summer crop disease breakthroughs." GroundCover.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi acted synergistically with Bradyrhizobium sp. to improve nodulation, nitrogen fixation, plant growth and seed yield of mung bean (Vigna radiata) but increased the population density of the root‑lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei

Gough, Elaine C., Owen, Kirsty J., Zwart, Rebecca S. and Thompson, John P.. 2021. "Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi acted synergistically with Bradyrhizobium sp. to improve nodulation, nitrogen fixation, plant growth and seed yield of mung bean (Vigna radiata) but increased the population density of the root‑lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei." Plant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relationships. 465 (1-2), pp. 431-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-021-05007-7

A Novel Approach to the Design and Analysis of Field Experiments to Study Variation in the Tolerance and Resistance of Cultivars to Root Lesion Nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.)

Reeves, Karyn L., Forknall, Clayton R., Kelly, Alison M., Owen, Kirsty J., Fanning, Joshua, Hollaway, Grant J. and Loughman, Robert. 2020. "A Novel Approach to the Design and Analysis of Field Experiments to Study Variation in the Tolerance and Resistance of Cultivars to Root Lesion Nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.)." Phytopathology: International Journal of the American Phytopathological Society. 110 (10), pp. 1623-1631. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-03-20-0077-R

A systematic review of the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on root-lesion nematodes Pratylenchus spp.

Gough, Elaine C., Owen, Kirsty J., Zwart, Rebecca S. and Thompson, John P.. 2020. "A systematic review of the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on root-lesion nematodes Pratylenchus spp." Frontiers in Plant Science. 11, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00923

Tolerance of wheat cultivars to root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) assessed by Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is predictive of grain yield

Robinson, Neil A., Sheedy, Jason G., Macdonald, Bethany J., Owen, Kirsty J. and Thompson, John P.. 2019. "Tolerance of wheat cultivars to root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) assessed by Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is predictive of grain yield." Annals of Applied Biology. 174 (3), pp. 388-401. https://doi.org/10.1111/aab.12504

What is the impact of winter grain crops on Pratylenchus thornei grown in rotation with tolerant and intolerant wheat?

Owen, K. J., Clewett, T. G. and Thompson, J. P.. 2012. "What is the impact of winter grain crops on Pratylenchus thornei grown in rotation with tolerant and intolerant wheat?" MacLeod, W. J. (ed.) 7th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium. Freemantle, Australia 18 - 20 Sep 2012

Highly heritable resistance to root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) in Australian chickpea germplasm observed using an optimised glasshouse method and multi-environment trial analysis

Rodda, M. S., Hobson, K. B., Forknall, C. R., Daniel, R. P., Fanning, J. P., Pounsett, D. D., Simpfendorfer, S., Moore, K. J., Owen, K. J., Sheedy, J. G., Thompson, J. P., Hollaway, G. J. and Slater, A. T.. 2016. "Highly heritable resistance to root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) in Australian chickpea germplasm observed using an optimised glasshouse method and multi-environment trial analysis." Australasian Plant Pathology. 45 (3), pp. 309-319. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13313-016-0409-4

Wheat biomass and yield increased when populations of the root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) were reduced through sequential rotation of partially resistant winter and summer crops

Owen, K. J., Clewett, T. G., Bell, K. L. and Thompson, J. P.. 2014. "Wheat biomass and yield increased when populations of the root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) were reduced through sequential rotation of partially resistant winter and summer crops." Crop and Pasture Science. 65 (3), pp. 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1071/CP13295

Root-lesion nematodes - crop rotations and varietal impacts on nematode populations

Owen, Kirsty, Clewett, Tim, Reen, Ros, Sheedy, Jason and Thompson, John. 2011. "Root-lesion nematodes - crop rotations and varietal impacts on nematode populations." 2011 GRDC Advisor Update, Goondiwindi. Goondiwindi, Australia 02 - 03 Mar 2011 Canberra, Australia.

Summer crop decisions and root lesion nematodes

Owen, Kirsty, Clewett, Tim and Thompson, John. 2013. "Summer crop decisions and root lesion nematodes." 2013 GRDC Grains Research Update, Bellata and Inglestone. Bellata and Inglestone, Australia 16 Jul 2013 Canberra, Australia.

Latest nematode summer and winter crop rotation results

Owen, Kirsty, Clewett, Tim and Thompson, John. 2014. "Latest nematode summer and winter crop rotation results." 2014 GRDC Grains Research Update, Goondiwindi. Goondiwindi, Australia 04 Mar 2014 Canberra, Australia.

Crop rotation for the management of root-lesion nematodes in the northern grain region of Australia

Owen, K., Clewett, T. and Thompson, J.. 2008. "Crop rotation for the management of root-lesion nematodes in the northern grain region of Australia." Hodda, Mike (ed.) 5th International Congress of Nematology (5ICN 2008): Nematodes Down Under. Brisbane, Australia 13 - 18 Jul 2008 Canberra, Australia.

Root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei and P. neglectus): a review of recent progress in managing a significant pest of grain crops in northern Australia

Thompson, J. P., Owen, K. J., Stirling, G. R. and Bell, M. J.. 2008. "Root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei and P. neglectus): a review of recent progress in managing a significant pest of grain crops in northern Australia." Australasian Plant Pathology. 37 (3), pp. 235-242. https://doi.org/10.1071/AP08021

Pre-cropping with canola decreased Pratylenchus thornei populations, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and yield of wheat

Owen, K. J., Clewett, T. G. and Thompson, J. P.. 2010. "Pre-cropping with canola decreased Pratylenchus thornei populations, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and yield of wheat." Crop and Pasture Science. 61 (5), pp. 399-410. https://doi.org/10.1071/CP09345

Detection of Polymyxa graminis in a barley crop in Australia

Thompson, J. P., Clewett, T. G., Jennings, R. E., Sheedy, J. G., Owen, K. J. and Persley, D. M.. 2011. "Detection of Polymyxa graminis in a barley crop in Australia." Australasian Plant Pathology. 40 (1), pp. 66-75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13313-010-0015-9

A benzothiadiazole applied to foliage reduces development and egg deposition by Meloidogyne spp. in glasshouse-grown grapevine roots

Owen, K. J., Green, C.D. and Deverall, B.J.. 2002. "A benzothiadiazole applied to foliage reduces development and egg deposition by Meloidogyne spp. in glasshouse-grown grapevine roots ." Australasian Plant Pathology. 31 (1), pp. 47-53. https://doi.org/10.1071/AP01068

Nematode problems in wheat and barley and their sustainable management

Owen, Kirsty, Walia, Raman Kumar, Yan, Guiping and Khan, Mujeebur Rahman. 2023. "Nematode problems in wheat and barley and their sustainable management." Khan, Mujeebur Rahman and Quintanilla, Marisol (ed.) Nematode Diseases of Crops and their Sustainable Management. India. Elsevier. pp. 97-131