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Last name : THOMPSON
First name : Susan
Entrance year : 2022
Occupation : Plant Pathologist
Address : 24 Botanica Circuit 4562 Doonan, Qld Australia / Australia
Main fields of interest :
  • Seeds, genetics
  • Crop protection
  • Agronomy
  • Plant physiology
Professional experience : * Plant Pathologist in Australia, approx 30 years experience in sunflower pathology, diagnostics and extension and on a range of other crops. * Retired from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2017. * Current Member of the Australian Sunflower Association Committee * Current Member of the United States Sunflower Pathology Working Group. * PhD focus - Diaporthe species associated with sunflower, other crops and weeds in Australia.
Education : * B. Ap. Sc * PhD
Selected publications : * Thompson, S., Young, A., and Shivas, R. 2010. Phomopsis stem canker – an emerging disease of Australian sunflowers. In: Proceedings of the 1st Australian Summer Grains Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 21st - 24th June 2010. * Thompson, S.M., Tan, Y.P., Young, A.J., Neate, S.M., Aitken, E.A.B. and Shivas R.G. 2011a. Stem cankers on sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in Australia reveal a complex of pathogenic Diaporthe (Phomopsis) species. Persoonia 27, 80–89. * Thompson, S.M., Young, A.J., and Shivas R.G. 2011b. Cryptic species of Phomopsis from Australia revealed by molecular, morphological and pathogenicity studies. In: Proceedings of the 4th Asian Conference on Plant Pathology concurrent with the 18th Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, p 56, 26-29 April, Darwin. NT. Australia. * Thompson, S.M., Tan, Y.P., Shivas, R.G., Neate, S.M., Morin, L., Bissett, A. and Aitken, E.A.B. 2015. Green and brown bridges between weeds and crops reveal novel Diaporthe species in Australia. Persoonia, 35, 39-49. * Thompson, S., Neate, S., Tan, Y.P., Shivas, R. and Aitken, E.A.B. 2016. Weeds and crop stubble as a pathogen ‘host’ or reservoir. What species are involved with what crop impact – implications for management. GRDC Updates, Goondiwindi, Qld., Australia. Available at: Accessed: February 23, 2022. * Thompson, S.M., Tan, Y.P., Neate, S.M., Shivas, R.G., Lindbeck, K. and Aitken, E.A.B. 2018. Diaporthe novem isolated from sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and other crop and weed hosts in Australia. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 152, 823-831. Thompson SM, Grams RA, Tan YP, Neate SM, Shivas RG, Wright GC, O'Connor DJ, Ryley MJ, Aitken EA (2018). * First reports of Diaporthe kongii, D. masirevicii and D. ueckerae on associated with stem and peg dieback of peanut in Australia. Plant Disease Note. Vol 102 (7), 1459. * Thompson, S.M., Block, C.C., Gulya, T.J., Harveson, R.M., Markell, S.G., Mathew, F.M. and Ryley, M.J. 2020. Diaporthe gulyae (Phomopsis stem canker of sunflower). In: Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.