Noel Knight

Dr. Noel Knight joined the EVADE lab in April, 2017. He is conducting research on Cercospora leaf spot of table beet caused by Cercospora beticola of table beet.

Noel has been involved in plant pathology research since 2006. Predominantly, this has involved 10 years of research in Australia investigating the interactions between Fusarium pseudograminearum and cereal hosts during crown rot disease. His research has utilized traditional histological methods and species-specific quantitative PCR based methods to observe fungal growth in planta and determine the amount of pathogen growing in host tissues. This information is demonstrating how the fungus causes disease symptoms and how yield may be lost due to disease. The research outcomes are now informing new research projects aimed at improving the selection of resistant host genotypes.

Other projects have also focused on population diversity of Bipolaris sorokiniana (spot blotch), Pyrenophora teres f. maculata (spot form net blotch) and Pyrenophora teres f. teres (net form net blotch) in barley.

His research interests include: species specific quantitative PCR, histopathology, population genomics, plant-pathogen interactions and utilizing the information generated to investigate solutions to disease challenges.


  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (with Distinction), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia (2005).
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (First Class), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia (2006).
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Pathology), University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2011).

To learn more about Noel Knight check out his curriculum vitae!


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