Dr Donald Gardiner

Deputy Director, ARC Hub Sust Crop

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation



  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Biotechnology, Flinders University


  • Degnan, Rebecca M., Shuey, Louise S., Radford-Smith, Julian, Gardiner, Donald M., Carroll, Bernard J., Mitter, Neena, McTaggart, Alistair R. and Sawyer, Anne (2023). Double-stranded RNA prevents and cures infection by rust fungi. Communications Biology, 6 (1) 1234, 1-10. doi: 10.1038/s42003-023-05618-z

  • Mann, Christopher W. G., Sawyer, Anne, Gardiner, Donald M., Mitter, Neena, Carroll, Bernard J. and Eamens, Andrew L. (2023). RNA-based control of fungal pathogens in plants. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24 (15) 12391, 1-34. doi: 10.3390/ijms241512391

  • Urquhart, Andrew S., Vogan, Aaron A., Gardiner, Donald M. and Idnurm, Alexander (2023). Starships are active eukaryotic transposable elements mobilized by a new family of tyrosine recombinases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120 (15) e2214521120, e2214521120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2214521120

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Trail, Frances and Gardiner, Donald M. (2014). Application of genomics to the study of pathogenicity and development in fusarium. Fungal Genomics, 2nd Edition. (pp. 267-300) Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-45218-5_11

  • Johnson, Richard D., Akagi, Yasunori, Fleetwood, Damien J., Gardiner, Donald M., Kodama, Motoichiro, Young, Carolyn A. and Voisey, Christine R. (2013). Fungal toxins of agricultural importance. Agricultural Applications. (pp. 75-113) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-36821-9_4

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