WATSON, Andrew

Andrew Watson

Research interests

  • Plant disease diagnostics
  • Plant disease research


Andrew Watson is a Plant Pathologist with NSW DPI based at Yanco Agricultural Institute providing a disease diagnostic service for local agricultural industries and undertaking vegetable disease research. His main areas of research have been directed towards vegetable diseases.


  • B.Sc.Agr.- Sydney University 1981
  • MSc.Agr. - Sydney University 2009

Current projects

  • Rice disease management
  • Cotton disease management

Recent publications

Watson A, Pung H, Hall B (2017) Managing leaf diseases of carrots with traditional and alternative fungicides including baseline sensitivity studies. Crop Protection 92:53-59

Watson A (2016) Managing carrot powdery mildew. Australasian Plant Pathology 45(1): 29-35

Watson A, Burgess LW Summerell BA, O’Keeffe K (2014)  Fusarium species associated with cob rot of sweet corn and maize in New South Wales. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 9:142

Watson A, Snudden M, Browne L and Mudford E (2013) Aphanomyces root rot of beans and control options in New South Wales. Australasian Plant Pathology 42: 3, 321-327.

Cunnington JH, Watson A, Liberato JR, Jones R (2008) First record of powdery mildew on carrots in Australia. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 3: 38-41.

Watson A,Mo J, Napier A, Munro S, Chambers G, Browne L, Boulton A, Baker G, Powis K,  Hill K, Glatz R Metcalf D, Persley D, Steele V and  Coutts B (2014) Assessing and managing Iris yellow spot virus in onion production regions of Australia Horticulture Australia Final Report VN 11005

Watson A (2013) Rice field guide to pests, diseases and weeds in southern New South Wales.Disease section Editor Rachael Whitworth and Mary-Anne Lattimore

S McDougall, Watson A , Stodart B, Napier T, Kelly G, Troldahl D, Tesoriero L (2013) Tomato, capsicum, chille and eggplant. – A field guide for the identification of insect pests , beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia.

Watson A, Pung H, McKay A. (2012) Development of methods to monitor and control Aphanomyces root rot and black root rot of beans. Horticulture Australia Final Report-VG08043

Watson A, Pung H, Hall B. (2012)Investigations and developing management strategies for carrot powdery mildew. Horticulture Australia Final Report-VG08044

Watson A (2009) Fusarium associated with sweet corn and maize in New South Wales. MSc. Agr. Sydney University

Watson A,Yousiph A. Liew E. Duff J. (2009) Fusarium wilt of snow peas.Horticulture Australia Final Report-VG05029

Watson A (2009) Disease Section in “Pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Cucurbits: Field Identification Guide” Napier T (Editor).

Watson A (2008) Contributor to Green Beans, insect pests, beneficials and diseases. Ute Guide Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Duff J (Editor)

Watson A Pung H, Duff J (2007) Managing bean, root and stem diseases. VG 03002 Horticulture Australia Final Report.

Fields of research

  • 070603 Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Disease Diagnostics
  • Plant Disease Management

Contact details

Email: andrew.watson@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6951 2647
Location: Yanco Agricultural Institute