Dr Vivian Rincon Florez

QAAFI Early Career, Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 344 32762


Dr Vivian Rincon is a microbiologist from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia . She joined the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008 as RA to work in projects related to plant-pathogen interactions and soil microbiology. She obtained a scholarship from the Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to start her PhD on the effect of tillage on soil microbial communities in wheat fields. Following her studies, she joined Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at UQ to work on different aspects of disease management in broadacre crops. Currently, she is a research fellow at the Centre for Horticulturals Science (CHS) working on an integrated disease management approach for the Macadamia industry.


  • Roberts, Janet M., Carvalhais, Lilia C., O'Dwyer, Cecilia, Rincón‐Flórez, Vivian A. and Drenth, Andre (2024). Diagnostics of Fusarium wilt in banana: Current status and challenges. Plant Pathology. doi: 10.1111/ppa.13863

  • Ray, Jane, Subandiyah, Siti, Rincon-Florez, Vivian Andrea, Prakoso, Ady Bayu, Carvalhais, Lilia and Drenth, Andre (2022). Susceptibility of the banana inflorescence to Blood disease. Phytopathology®, 112 (4), 803-810. doi: 10.1094/phyto-07-21-0311-r

  • Rincon-Florez, Vivian A, Ray, Jane D, Carvalhais, Lilia Costa, O'Dwyer, Cecilia A, Subandiyah, Siti, Zulperi, Dzarifah and Drenth, Andre (2022). Diagnostics of banana Blood disease. Plant Disease, 106 (3), 947-959. doi: 10.1094/pdis-07-21-1436-re

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Available Projects

  • This study will examine key pathogenic processes in the husk spot pathosystem that can be exploited in disease management programs.

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Book Chapter

  • Liu, Hongwei, Mirzaee, Hooman, Rincon-Florez, Vivian, Moyle, Richard, Spohn, Marie, Carvalhais, Lilia C. and Schenk, Peer M. (2017). Emerging culture-independent tools to enhance our understanding of soil microbial ecology. Microbial Biomass. (pp. 207-225) edited by Kevin R. Tate. Hackensack, NJ United States: World Scientific Publishing. doi: 10.1142/9781786341310_0008

  • Rincon-Florez, Vivian A., Carvalhais, Lilia C., Dang, Yash P. and Schenk, Peer M. (2016). Soil microbial community interactions under tillage systems in Australia. Plant, Soil and Microbes: Volume 1: Implications in Crop Science. (pp. 93-102) edited by Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Mohd Sayeed Akhtar and Siti Nor Akmar Abdullah. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-27455-3_5

  • Carvalhais, Lilia C., Rincon-Florez, Vivian and Schenk, Peer M. (2014). Soil functional gene microarrays and applications in plant-microbe interactions. Microarrays: current technology, innovations and applications. (pp. 169-180) edited by Zhili He. Norfolk, United Kingdom: Caister Academic Press.

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This study will examine key pathogenic processes in the husk spot pathosystem that can be exploited in disease management programs.