Dr Jose M Facelli

Dr Jose M Facelli
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit School of Biological Sciences
 Email jose.facelli@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4559
 Location Floor/Room 1 ,  Benham ,   North Terrace
  • Research Interests


    My research currently focuses on several aspects of Terrestrial Plant Ecology, namely ecology of invasive plants, the effects of plants parasites on native and invasive species, ecological restoration of natural ecosystems, and the plant-soil microbes feedbacks.

    There are synergistic connections between these topis: for example, we have looked at how native and invasive grasses respond to soil microbial communities in former agricultural sites, and from remnant native grasslands. This research was done in the context of the restoration of grassy woodlands north of Adelaide. We are also looking at differences in soils and soil microbial communities associated to native and invasive legumes. In turn, we are investigating how these native and invasive legumes respond to the native parasitic plant Cassytha pubescens. This last project aims to implement the native parasite as a biological control agent.

    More details can be found in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FacelliEcologyLab/

    I am also directly involved in the management and research activities of the Koonamore Vegetation Reserve, a site in the arid lands of South Australia closed to stock grazing in 1925 and regularly monitored since. This is one of the oldest Long Term Ecological studies in the world. For more information see:



  • Publications


    This is a list of selecetd recent publications

    Ba, L., Facelli, E., & Facelli, J. (2018). Plant-mycorrhizal fungi feedbacks: potential accomplices of Avena barbata’s high invasiveness. Plant Ecology, 1-8. doi:10.1007/s11258-018-0857-8

    Smith, M., Delean, S., Cavagnaro, T., & Facelli, J. (2018). Evidence for species-specific plant responses to soil microbial communities from remnant and degraded land provides promise for restoration. Austral Ecology, 43(3), 301-308. doi:10.1111/aec.12567

    Steggles, E., Holland, K., Chittleborough, D., Doudle, S., Clarke, L., Watling, J., & Facelli, J. (2017). The potential for deep groundwater use by Acacia papyrocarpa (Western myall) in a water-limited environment. Ecohydrology, 10(1), e1791-e1791-10. doi:10.1002/eco.1791

    Cirocco, R., Facelli, J., & Watling, J. (2017). Does nitrogen affect the interaction between a native hemiparasite and its native or introduced leguminous hosts?. New Phytologist, 213(2), 812-821. doi:10.1111/nph.14181

    Packer, J., Delean, S., Kueffer, C., Prider, J., Abley, K., Facelli, J., & Carthew, S. (2016). Native faunal communities depend on habitat from non-native plants in novel but not in natural ecosystems. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(3), 503-523. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1059-0

    Cirocco, R., Facelli, J., & Watling, J. (2016). High water availability increases the negative impact of a native hemiparasite on its non-native host. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67(5), 1567-1575. doi:10.1093/jxb/erv548

    Cirocco, R., Facelli, J., & Watling, J. (2016). Does light influence the relationship between a native stem hemiparasite and a native or introduced host?. Annals of Botany, 117(3), 521-531. doi:10.1093/aob/mcv193

    Cirocco, R., Waterman, M., Robinson, S., Facelli, J., & Watling, J. (2015). Native hemiparasite and light effects on photoprotection and photodamage in a native host. Functional Plant Biology, 42(12), 1168-1178. doi:10.1071/FP15132

    Bowman, A., Facelli, J., & Sinclair, R. (2015). Long-term influence of fallen logs on patch formation and their effects under contrasting grazing regimes. Austral Ecology, 40(3), 238-244. doi:10.1111/aec.12204

    Facelli, E., Duan, T., Smith, S., Christophersen, H., Facelli, J., & Smith, F. (2014). Opening the black box: outcomes of interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and non-host genotypes of Medicago depend on fungal identity, interplay between P uptake pathways and external P supply. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37(6), 1382-1392. doi:10.1111/pce.12237 



  • Media Expertise

    ExpertisePlant Ecology
    Ecology of Arid Lands
    Ecology of Invasive plants
    Effects of grazing on natural ecosystems
    disturbance ecology
    environmental weeds
    native vegetation
    native grasses
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