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David Turner

Associate Professor, BScAgr Syd., MSc PhD Macq.

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1897 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
1985 …2020

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Personal profile


I am interested in the interaction between plants and their environment. At the Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, NSW, I worked on banana nutrition and plant development. I was invited to UWA in 1983 to provide postgraduate training in the Australian Collaroration in the National Agricultural Research Project, Thailand. In this program we undertook research on environmental aspects of many crops including banana, mango, lychee, carambola, plums, vegetables, avocado, sweet potato and sesame, among others.

I continue to supervise and co-supervise postgraduate students and contribute to a number of the units in the undergraduate degrees within the Faculty.

Currently I am working with postgraduate students on the degradation of chlorophyll in ripening banana peel, the irrigation of avocado, the adaptation of lentil to drought, the significance of aquaporins in root hydraulic conductivity of lupins and wheat, canopy architecture of canola, activity of glucosinolates in soils and management of disease in lettuce.

Funding overview

Austraian Research Council Small Grants
- Root Pressure probe

Horticulture Australia - Canopy manipulation in roses, Irrigation of avocado.

Grains Research and Development Coorporation - Adaptation of canola to drought, osmotic adjustment in canola accumulation of oil in canola grain.

Previous positions

Special Research Horticulturist, NSW Agriculture, Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, NSW Dec 1963 - May 1983

Current projects

Current research projects are funded by the GRDC and with Dr Qifu Ma i am examining the significance of osmotic adjustment in the adaptation of canola to drought. With Dr Jeanie Fortescue, I am working on the accumulation of oil in the growing canola grain.

Teaching overview

Whole Plant Physiology 201
Plant Environment Systems 405
Principles of Systems Ecology 323


Environmental physiology of plants including horticultural and field crops.



Research expertise keywords

  • Adaptation to drought
  • Plant physiology/ecology
  • Tropical and sub-tropical fruit (horticultural crops)
  • Whole plant physiology

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Research Output

The suckering behaviour of plantains (Musa, AAB) can be viewed as part of an evolved reproductive strategy

Turner, D. W., Gibbs, D. J., Ocimati, W. & Blomme, G., Feb 2020, In : Scientia Horticulturae. 261, 108975.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Epidemiology of Fusarium Wilt of Banana

    Pegg, K. G., Coates, L. M., O’Neill, W. T. & Turner, D. W., 20 Dec 2019, In : Frontiers in Plant Science. 10, 1395.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Altitude effect on plantain growth and yield during four production cycles in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

    Sivirihauma, C., Blomme, G., Ocimati, W., Vutseme, L., Sikyolo, I., Valimuzigha, K., De Langhe, E. & Turner, D. W., 2016, Acta Horticulturae. Picq, C., Van den Bergh, I. & Smith, M. (eds.). Australia: International Society for Horticultural Science, Vol. 1114. p. 139-147 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Banana agronomy can unravelling the Musa genome help?

    Turner, D. W., Fortescue, J. A. & Daniells, J. W., 2016, Acta Horticulturae. Desjardins, D. Y. (ed.). International Society for Horticultural Science, Vol. 1114. p. 245-260 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

  • Plantain cultivars (Musa spp.AAB) grown at different altitudes demonstrate cool temperature and photoperiod responses relevant to genetic improvement

    Turner, D. W., Fortescue, J. A., Ocimati, W. & Blomme, G., 2016, In : Field Crops Research. 194, p. 103-111 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    4 Citations (Scopus)