MOORE, Kevin

Kevin Moore

Research interests

  • Disease management packages for farming systems
  • Resistance screening methods for chickpea and lupin Phytophthora diseases
  • Evaluate precision agriculture technology for disease management
  • Global research consortium on pathogens of temperate food legumes


Dr Moore provides scientific leadership into NSW DPI’s research and advisory programs on pulse and oilseed diseases in NSW.

Kevin joined NSW Agriculture* in 1966 as a trainee at the University of Sydney (USYD).  After obtaining an MScAgr from USYD in 1975, Kevin undertook a PhD at Washington State University, USA. Upon returning to Rydalmere in 1978, he served as Acting Director of Biology for 14 months before transferring to Tamworth Agricultural Institute in 1980 where he initiated research on management of plant diseases in sustainable cropping systems.  In 1996 and 1997 Kevin worked at ICARDA, Syria for short periods on faba bean diseases.

A key part of Kevin’s research has been to facilitate its adoption by farmers and others in the grains industry.

Kevin has received several awards including the 2000 NSW Agriculture Staff Award for development of practical strategies for control of diseases of cereals and pulses, the 2001 GRDC Seed of Light Award for excellence in communication in grains industry research and the 2005 Pulse Australia Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian Pulse Industry.

*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.


  • BScAgr 1970 The University of Sydney
  • MScAgr 1975 Ecology of Phytophthora, The University of Sydney
  • PhD 1978 Effect of No-Tillage of Take-all of wheat, Washington State University (USA)

Current projects

1. Epidemiology and management of Ascochyta blight in chickpea
-Develop packages to match Ascochyta management to chickpea variety susceptibility
-Develop salvage options for crops in which Ascochyta has established
-Provide scientific advice and pathogen isolates to national and international research efforts on Ascochyta blight; provide pathology support to breeding programs

2. Phytophthora root rot chickpea
-Improve screening method for identify chickpea germplasm with resistance to Phytophthora root rot (PRR)
-Generate PRR in chickpea breeders nurseries and provide pathology support to breeding programs
-Phenotype interspecific progeny for PRR to validate usefulness of molecular markers in chickpea

3. Extension, education and training
-Provide pathology support to the chickpea industry through extension, education and training packages for chickpea growers, agronomists and industry development officers
-Develop and deliver integrated disease management strategies to minimise losses to and reduce risks of the key pulse diseases in the GRDC Northern region

4. Surveillance and biosecurity
-Conduct plant disease surveys to capture data on disease incidence and severity, identify emerging disease issues, validate integrated disease management packages and identify issues with their implementation

Recent publications

Schwinghamer MW, Southwell RJ, Moore KJ, Knights EJ (2011) Phytophthora root rot of chickpea. In 'Compendium of chickpea and lentil diseases and pests'. (Eds W Chen, HC Sharma and FJ Muehlbauer) pp. 22-25. (APS Press: St. Paul, MN, USA). ISBN 978-089054-383-2.

Bretag TW, MacLeod WJ, Kimber RBE, Moore KJ, Knights EJC and Davidson JA (2008) Management of ascochyta blight in chickpeas grown in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 37(5), 486-497

Schwinghamer M, Southwell R, Moore K and Knights E (2008) Phytophthora Root Rot of Chickpea in Compendium of Chickpea and Lentil Diseases and Pests and their Management, American Phytopathological Society

Singh G, Chen W, Rubiales D, Moore K and Sharma Y R (2007) Diseases and their Management, Chapter 24, pp 497-519 in Chickpea Breeding and Management. Eds S S Yadav, R Redden, W Chen and B Sharma, April 2007 448 pp 978 ISBN184593 213 8

Moore KJ, Verrell A, Knights EJ, Nash P (2004) Lessons from Down Under: Learning from the Australian Chickpea Experience, Invited paper, p12-24 in Proceedings of Saskatchewan Pulse Days Conference, Saskatoon, Canada, January 10-12, 2004.

Kirkegaard JA, Simpfendorfer S, Holland J, Bambach R, Moore KJ, Rebetzke GJ (2004) Effect of previous crops on crown rot infection and yield of wheat in northern NSW. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 55: 321-334.

Southwell RJ, Moore KJ, Manning W, Hayman P (2003) An outbreak of Fusarium head blight of durum wheat on the Liverpool Plains in northern New South Wales in 1999. Australasian Plant Pathology 32, 465-471

Marcellos H, Moore KJ, Nikandrow A (1995) Influence of foliar-applied fungicides on seed yield of faba beans (Vicia faba L.) in northern NSW. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 35: 95-102.

Moore KJ, Southwell RJ, Schwinghamer MW, Murison RD (1992) A rapid shake-elution procedure for quantifying root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus thornei) in chickpea and wheat. Australasian Plant Pathology 21, 70-78

Professional associations and activities

  • Member, Australasian Plant Pathology Society, APPS (since 1970)
  • Vice-President, APPS, 1995-1997

Fields of research

  • 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
  • 070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
  • 060704 Plant Pathology
  • 060505 Mycology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • pulse plant pathology
  • disease resistance screening
  • chickpea diseases
  • Ascochyta rabiei
  • Phytophthora medicaginis
  • Integrated disease management

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