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About us

The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) is a national research centre co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), investing $100 million over a five-year period.

Launched in 2014, the centre’s major aim is to reduce the economic impact of crop disease for Australian growers via three main research themes:

  • Fungicide resistance: by developing the necessary tools and strategies for industry to prevent and minimise its occurence and impact
  • Molecular genetics: by providing breeders with genetic tools to breed cereal, oilseed and pulse varieties with improved disease resistance
  • Farming systems: by developing economical and adoptable Integrated Disease Management (IDM) strategies for managing the evolution of resistance to fungicides.

CCDM builds on Curtin’s previous work through the Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP) that has delivered discoveries and outcomes estimated to be saving industry more than $100 million per year. For information on our latest research achievements, sign up to our blog at

Our Staff:

The CCDM sits within Curtin’s Department of Environment and Agriculture, and houses more than 60 staff. The CCDM has 10 research programs each with a program leader.

CCDM Research Associate
Madeline Tucker

Professor Mark Gibberd
CCDM Co-Director

Professor Karam Singh
CCDM Co-Director

Professor Richard Oliver
CCDM Chief Scientist

Dr Amir Abadi
Improved Farming Systems

John Noonan
Extension & Engagement

Dr Kar-Chun Tan
Septoria Nodorum Blotch of Wheat

Dr Caroline Moffat
Yellow Spot of Wheat

Dr Simon Ellwood
Net Blotch and Powdery Mildew of Barley

Dr Lars Kamphuis
Sclerotinia Stem Rot of Canola

Dr Robert Lee
Pulse Pathology and Genetics

Dr Fran Lopez-Ruiz
Fungicide Resistance Group

Dr James Hane

The CCDM Team