Professor Eileen Scott

Professor Eileen Scott
 Position Deputy Head of School
 Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
 Telephone +61 8 8313 7266
 Location Floor/Room N1 06 ,  Waite Building ,   Waite
  • Biography/ Background

    BSc with first class honours in microbiology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1978

    PhD in plant pathology, University of Cambridge, England, 1982

    Research Scientist in oilseed rape (canola) pathology, The Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, England and Junior Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, 1982-84

    Teaching Fellow, Department of Botany, National University of Singapore, 1984-87

    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor, University of Adelaide, 1987-present

    Deputy Head of School (Postgraduate Research), 2009-2011

    Acting Head of School, March 2011 - February 2012

    Deputy Head of School, March 2012 - present

    Fellow, Australasian Plant Pathology Society, 2011 - present

    President, Australasian Plant Pathology Society, 2013-2015

    Faculty of Sciences Deputy Dean (Gender Equity and Diversity), 2013 - present

  • Teaching Interests

    Eileen Scott teaches in a range of courses: Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II, Microbiology for Viticulture and Oenology II, Microbiology and Biotechnology II, Plant Health, Viticultural Methods and Procedures.

    She is course co-ordinator for Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II.

    Eileen has a keen interest in supervision of research students. She has supervised 38 PhD students and 29 honours students to successful completion at the University of Adelaide.

    Eileen won the University of Adelaide Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision Award in 2012. She also won the Adelaide University Postgraduate Students' Association Supervisor of the Year Award in 2001 and was nominated again in 2005.

    For possible honours projects in the coming year, please see Files (below).

  • Research Interests



    Fungal and bacterial diseases of horticultural crops, grapevines and pulses and oilseeds.

    Diagnosis, epidemiology and management of fungal and bacterial diseases.

    Phytophthora diseases of natural ecosystems.

    Eileen led research projects on Fungal contaminants and their impact on wine quality, and Diagnosis and management of Eutypa dieback in the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture (2003-2006).

    Current research is supported by the Australian Grape and wine Authority (formerly Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation) and the Department of Agriculture, Farming and Food. Eileen also contributes to the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

    Eileen's group currently comprises two postdoctoral researchers, four PhD students, one masters by research student and two honours student. Collaborators include Jenny Davidson and Mark Sosnowski at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Katherine Evans at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and University of Tasmania, and Bob Emmett (formerly Department of Environment and Primary Industry Victoria).

  • Publications

    Eileen Scott: Selected publications


    Kueh K.H., McKay S.F., Facelli E., Facelli J., Velzeboer, R.M.A., Able A.J., Scott E.S. (2012) Response of selected South Australian native plant species to Phytophthora cinnamomi. Plant Pathology 61, 1165-78.

    Scott E.S., Dambergs R.G., Stummer B.E. (2010) Fungal contaminants in the vineyard and wine quality. In: Reynolds AG (Ed) Managing Wine Quality: Viticulture and Wine Quality (Volume 1), Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK, pp 481-514. (ISBN: 1 84569 484 8).


    Davidson, J.A., Hartley, D., Priest, M., Krysinska-Kaczmarek, M., Herdina, McKay, A., Scott, E.S. (2009). A new species of Phoma causes ascochyta blight symptoms on field peas (Pisum sativum) in South Australia. Mycologia 101, 120-128.


    Sosnowski, M.R., Creaser, M.L., Wicks, T.J., Lardner, R. and Scott, E.S. (2008) Protection of grapevine pruning wounds from infection by Eutypa lata. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 14, 134-142.

    John, S., Scott, E.S., Wicks, T.J. and Hunt J.S. (2008) Colonisation of grapevine wood by Trichoderma harzianum and Eutypa lata. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 14, 18-24.

    Naseri, B., Davidson, J.A. and Scott, E.S. (2008) Survival of Leptosphaeria maculans and associated mycobiota on oilseed rape stubble buried in soil. Plant Pathology 57, 280-289.

    Sosnowski, M.R., Shtienberg, D., Creaser, M.L., Lardner, R., Wicks, T.J. and Scott, E.S. (2007) The influence of climate on foliar symptoms of Eutypa dieback. Phytopathology 97, 1284-1289.

    Sosnowski, M.R., Lardner, R., Wicks, T.J. and Scott, E.S. (2007) The influence of grapevine cultivar and isolate of Eutypa lata on wood and foliar symptoms of Eutypa dieback. Plant Disease 91, 924-931.

    Stummer, B.E., Zanker, T., Harvey, P. and Scott, E.S. (2006) Detection and quantification of Erysiphe necator DNA in wine grapes and resultant must and juice. Mycological Research 110, 1184-1192

    Leong, S.L., Hocking, A.D., Varelis, P. and Scott, E.S. (2006) Fate of ochratoxin A during vinification of Semillon and Shiraz grapes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 54, 6460-6464.

    Marefat, A., Scott, E.S., Ophel-Keller, K. and Sedgley, M. (2006) Genetic, phenotypic and pathogenic diversity among xanthomonads pathogenic on pistachio (Pistacia vera) in Australia. Plant Pathology 55, 639-49.


    Stummer, B.E., Francis, I.L., Zanker, T., Lattey, K. and Scott, E.S. (2005). Effects of powdery mildew on the sensory properties and composition of Chardonnay juice and wine when grape sugar ripeness is standardised. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 11, 66-76.

    Savocchia, S., Stummer, B.E., Wicks, T.J., van Heeswijck, R. and Scott, E.S. (2004) Decreased sensitivity of Uncinula necator to two sterol demethylation inhibiting fungicides in Australian vineyards. Australasian Plant Pathology 33, 1-9.


    Wuryatmo, E., Klieber, A. and Scott, E.S. (2003) Inhibition of citrus postharvest pathogens by vapor of citral and related compounds in culture. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 51, 2637-2640.

    Tynan, K.M., Scott, E.S. and Sedgley, M. (1998) Evaluation of Banksia species for response to Phytophthora infection. Plant Pathology 47, 446-455.

    Evans, K.J., Whisson, D.L. Stummer, B.E. and Scott, E.S. (1997) DNA markers identify variation in Australian populations of Uncinula necator. Mycological Research 101, 923-932.

    Evans, K.J., Whisson, D.L. and Scott, E.S. (1996) An experimental system for characterizing isolates of Uncinula necator. Mycological Research 100, 675-680.


    A list of refereed publications from 2009 to 2014 is attached.

  • Professional Associations

    Eileen Scott is a member of the Australasian Mycological Society, the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology and the British Society for Plant Pathology. She was Executive Secretary of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (1997-99). She was a member of the editorial board of the journal Mycological Research (1992-96), and Phytopathologia Mediterranea (2010-2015).

    Eileen organised a workshop on fungal contaminants and wine quality at the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) in Melbourne in 2004 and a workshop on management of powdery mildew at AWITC in Adelaide in 2007.

    Membership of the scientific organising committees of:

  • 4th International workshop on grapevine powdery and downy mildew, Napa, California in 2002


  • 4th International workshop on grapevine trunk diseases, Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2005


  • 16th biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference in Adelaide in 2007.


  • 9th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, Adelaide, 2014.