Martin Barbetti

Professor, BSc (Agric), MSc(Agric), DSc(Agric), UWA, W.Aust.; and GradCertBusAdmin, Charles Sturt Uni, NSW

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Prof Martin Barbetti is recognised internationally for his numerous contributions over many years to crop protection research. His contributions focus mainly on providing a better understanding of the epidemiology and management of a wide range of foliar and soilborne pathogens across a diverse array of broad-acre and horticultural crops. His findings have been widely adopted to improve disease control. Martin comes from a farming background and was a plant pathologist at the Department of Primary Production and Regional Development Western Australia before he joined the University of Western Australia in 2004. A major focus of his research has been on diseases of oilseed Brassicas and forage legumes. He has more than 30 years of experience researching diseases of oilseed and vegetable Brassicas, forage and crop legumes, cereals (including rice) and a diverse array of horticultural crops. Practical findings from his research have greatly helped growers to improve their disease management procedures. He has published >300 refereed scientific papers across a wide range of crop-pathogen combinations, and a similar number of extension and conference articles. He has an extensive track record in building collaborations across international (e.g., India, China, Europe, and Africa) and national research institutions, including academia, government and farmers, as evidenced by the large number of co-authored publications arising from these connections.

Roles and responsibilities

30 years of experience with disease epidemiology and aetiology and experimentation in plant-fungal interactions, particularly towards identifying and understanding host resistance to a wide range of diseases of oilseed Brassica, forage and crop legumes and horticultural crops.

Moved to the University of Western Australia in 2004 from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia

Future research

Plant Pathology and Mycology of agricultural and horticultural crops

Funding overview

His research funding includes funds from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC); AgriFutures Australia; Australian Wool Innovation (AWI); Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA); and Horticulture Australia

Previous positions

Principal Plant Pathologist, Department of Agriculture Western Australia until end of 2003

Current projects

ACIAR - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - CIM/2017/030 "Faba Bean in Ethiopia - Mitigating disease constraints to improve productivity and sustainability". 1/07/18 → 30/06/23

Industrial relevance

High relevance to management of diseases important to agricultural industries in Australia

Teaching overview

Teaching and training of undergraduate and post graduate students at the University of Western Australia in mycology, plant pathology, ecological and practical componnets of integrated pest management, and science communication and ethics


Plant Pathology and Mycology (see bibliography above)


Working knowledge of Italian

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Pathogen sub-specific variation
  • Host disease resistance
  • Epidemiology of fungal pathogens
  • Disease aetiology
  • Mycology
  • Plant pathology
  • Mycotoxins


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