Shane Hetherington

Research interests

  • Integrated pest management in temperate fruit crops
  • Detection of plant disease symptoms with hyperspectral imagery
  • DMI fungicide resistance in Venturia inaequalis and Monilinia spp.
  • Using epiphytic bacteria and yeasts as biocontrol agents against postharvest fruit diseases


Shane Hetherington leads a diverse, state-wide team of horticultural researchers and is based at the Orange Agricultural Institute.

He joined NSW Agriculture* in 1995 and his initial research focussed on developing biocontrol agents for grass weeds in Australia and Vietnam.  More recently has led the development of the national integrated pest management strategies for the Australian pome and stone fruit industries and assisted in development research for the Vietnamese stone fruit and persimmon industries.

He has been Executive Secretary of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and currently holds the position of Participants Representative to the CRC for Plant Biosecurity.

*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.


  • B.Sc. (Hons 1) - University of Queensland 1991
  • PhD Plant Pathology – University of Queensland 1996

Current projects

  • Improving productivity and fruit quality of sweet persimmon in Vietnam and Australia (ACIAR AGB2006/066)
  • Improving postharvest quality of temperate fruits in Vietnam and Australia (ACIAR AGB/2002/086)
  • Developing a national IPM strategy for stone fruit (HAL SF03001)
  • Integrated Pest management for Australian apples and pears. (HAL AP07009)

Recent publications

Lazar-Baker EE, Hetherington SD, Ku VV and Newman SM (2011) Evaluation of commercial essential oil samples on the growth of postharvest pathogen Monilinia fructicola. Letters in Applied Microbiology 52 (3): 227-232.

Hetherington SD (2009) Integrated pest management for Australian apples and pears.  212pp.

Thanh CD, Ku VV, Newman, SM, Long TD, Van LTS, Nissen RJ and Hetherington S (2008) Towards better stone fruit supply chains in North West Vietnam. Acta Horticulturae 804: 71-76.

Hetherington SD (2007) Pests and diseases of Australian stone fruit and their management.  Outlooks on Pest Management 18 (1): 41-45.

Nissen RJ, George AP, Broadley RH, Hetherington S, Newman SM (2006) Developing improved supply chains for temperate fruits in transitional Asian economies of Thailand and Vietnam. Acta Horticulturae 699:335-342.

Hetherington SD (2005) Integrated pest and disease management for Australian summerfruit. 171pp.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australasian Plant Pathology Society
  • Australian Horticultural Society

Fields of research

  • 060704 Plant Pathology
  • 070603 Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, diseases and weeds)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Plant Pathology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Fungicide resistance

Contact details

Email: shane.hetherington@dpi.nsw.gov.au