Dr Joanne De Faveri

Honorary Senior Res Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Dr Joanne De Faveri is a Senior Research Fellow in Statistics with QAAFI at The University of Queensland. Dr De Faveri’s research is based on developing new improved statistical and hybrid (integrated statistical / machine learning) methods to deliver significant genetic gains for plant breeding and pre-breeding programs. Her primary interests lie in spatio-temporal modelling of longitudinal data and the integration of high throughput phenotyping (HTP) (from sensors, hyperspectral, aerial images), genomic and environmental information for improved variety predictions.

Prior to joining UQ Dr De Faveri worked with CSIRO as part of SAGI-North, the Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry project, where she researched and applied statistical methods to grains research projects, in particular focussing on methods for High Throughput Phenomics. She also has over 20 years’ experience as a Biometrician with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF), researching and applying statistical methods and training staff across a wide range of agricultural research projects in field crops, horticulture, beef, dairy, fisheries, aquaculture, and in particular, horticulture breeding programs.

Dr De Faveri has been invited to speak at National and International conferences on statistical methods for incorporating HTP data in variety trials and has developed national and international collaborations with colleagues at CSIRO, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, Dept Agriculture & Fisheries, Wageningen University and CIMMYT.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Applied Statistics, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hardner, C. and De Faveri, J. (2023). Flexible linear mixed models for complex data in horticultural tree breeding. XXXI International Horticultural Congress (IHC2022): International Symposium on Breeding and Effective Use of Biotechnology and Molecular Tools in Horticultural Crops, Angers, France, 14-20 August 2022. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/actahortic.2023.1362.19

  • Bally, I. S.E. and De Faveri, J. (2017). Breeding for low vigour in mango. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1183: XI International Mango Symposium, Darwin, NT Australia, 2017. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/actahortic.2017.1183.9

  • Neal, J. M., Ko, H. L., Gomez, A. O., De Faveri, J., Verbyla, A., Mayer, R. and Herrington, M. E. (2017). Testing strawberry genotypes for resistance to Colletotrichum gloeosporioides in Queensland. 8th International Strawberry Symposium, Quebec City, Canada, 13 August 2016. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/actahortic.2017.1156.109

  • Sanewski, G., Ko, L., DeFaveri, J. and Kilian, A. (2016). Genetic resistance to the root rot pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi in Ananas. 29th International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture - Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC) / 4th International Symposium on Papaya / 8th International Pineapple Symposium / International Symposium on Mango, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 17-22 August 2014. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/actahortic.2016.1111.40

  • Smyth, H. E., Bally, I., Dillon, N., Holton, T., De Faveri, J. and Dietzgen, R. G. (2006). Investigating the genetic basis of mango fruit quality. Tropical Crop Biotechnology Conference, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 16-19 August 2006.

  • Hamill, S.D., Beppu, K., Topp, B.L., Russell, D.M. and DeFaveri, J. (2005). Effects of media and fruit ripeness on germination and transplanting of in vitro cultured embryos from low-chill peach and nectarine. International Symposium on Harnessing the Potential of Horticulture in the Asian-Pacific Region, Coolum, QLD, Australia, 1-3 September 2004. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2005.694.23

  • Holroyd, R. G., Doogan, V. J., DeFaveri, J., Fordyce, G., McGowan, M. R., Bertram, J. D., Vankan, D. M., Fitzpatrick, L. A., Jayawardhana, G. A. and Miller, R. G. (1998). Bull Selection and use in northern Australia. 6. Calf output and predictors of fertility of bulls in multiple-sire herds. XX World Association for Buiatrics Congress, Sydney, Australia, 6-10 July 1998. Indooroopilly, Qld., Australia: Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision