Dr Andrew Geering
Dr Andrew Geering

Dr Andrew Geering

Senior Research Fellow, CPS


Dr Andrew Geering joined QAAFI’s Centre for Plant Science in October 2010, after 17 years of conducting research projects with the Queensland Government.

He obtained his PhD from The University of Adelaide (Waite Campus) in the area of plant virus epidemiology. He has served as Senior Editor of Australasian Plant Pathology (1998-2006), Convenor of the PROMUSA Virology Working Group (2002-2007) and Chair of the Caulimoviridae special interest group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2006-present).


Dr Andrew Geering works to improve food security through providing control options for diseases that affect sub-tropical and tropical crops such as banana, pineapple, avocado, tomato and rice.

Queensland is uniquely positioned for this type of research as it is one of the few developed countries with a substantial portion of its landmass in the tropics. Dr Geering is internationally renowned for his work on endogenous viruses, which are viruses that exist as integrated forms in the genomes of plants.

He is also interested in pathogen evolution, viral and fungal population genetics and molecular systematics and the interactions of pathogens with their hosts. He seeks to develop novel methods to detect plant pathogens, such as utilizing recombinant antibodies in serological assays or nanosensors for nucleic acid detection.

As a side interest, Dr Geering is interested in shorebirds and wetland ecology and is an author of ‘Shorebirds of Australia’.

Dr Geering is currently supervising a number of Honours and PhD students, including:

  • Ms Chanintorn Doungsa-ard (Acacia gall rust fungi in Australia)
  • Ms Wanporn Khemmuk (Co-evolution of wild rice and Pyricularia spp.)
  • Ms Jenny Vo (Novel immundiagnostic reagents for banana streak virus)
  • Ms Nurain Said (Characterization of endogenous virus promoters)
  • Ms Nur Nabihah Mahfuz (Use of anti-peptide antibodies to detect banana streak virus)
  • Prof. Ross Barnard – School of Chemistry & Biochemistry Biosciences – UQ
  • Dr Jacqueline Battley – School of Agriculture and Food Sciences – UQ
  • Dr Alistair McTaggart – QAAFI – Centre for Plant Science
  • Dr Kathy Parmenter – AgriSciences Queensland, DAF
  • Prof. Peer Schenk – School of Agriculture and Food Sciences – UQ
  • Dr Roger Shivas – Biosecurity Queensland – DAF
  • Dr Pierre-Yves Teycheney – CIRAD Guadeloupe
  • Dr John Thomas – QAAFI – Centre for Plant Science
  • Dr Arvind Varsani – Biological Sciences – University of Canterbury

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Dr Andrew Geering
Tel: +61 7 3255 4389
Email: a.geering@uq.edu.au


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Pest discovery is a biosecurity head start

10 April 2015
The discovery of sap-sucking insects previously not present on Norfolk Island has given scientists a head-start on controlling a major biosecurity threat to Australia. In 2014 the Australian and Norfolk Island governments coordinated a major quarantine survey. During the survey, insect traps were set by Dr Andrew Geering and Dr John Thomas, Plant Biosecurity CRC researchers from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). The tomato-potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) was recognised in trap contents by Federal Government entomology colleagues.

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