Dr William Cuddy

BSc PhD UNSW
Plant Pathologist, Rust Diseases
(NSW Department of Primary Industries)
Honorary Associate
Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

C44 - Plant Breeding Inst - Admin. & Labs A1 Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8871
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Biographical details

Will Cuddy is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Plant and Food Sciences. He is employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries as a plant pathologist with a specialisation in fungal rust pathogens at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in Menangle, NSW. He is interested in stripe rust of wheat and the role of integrated disease management in controlling the rust fungal diseases of cereals. More specifically, his work examines the diversity of Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici, the causal pathogen of stripe rust of wheat, in the Australian cereal-growing regions.

Will completed his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology at the University of NSW in 2012. His doctorate examined Australian cyanobacteria in agricultural and non-agricultural soils. He assessed the diversity of cyanobacteria isolated from soils using maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic methods. Selected cyanobacterial isolates were studied further and Will characterised their nitrogenase activity using acetylene reduction assays. The salt physiology of isolates was assessed using Pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) fluorometry, oxygen evolution rates and acetylene reduction assays. The same isolates were used to inoculate wheat plants grown under salt stress to assess how inoculation affected wheat growth and nutrition.

In 2012 Will commenced employment with the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment as a Research Associate researching the timing of adult plant resistance to stripe rust in wheat and the curative and protectant activity of fungicides for controlling stripe rust. Since the beginning of 2013 he has been employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Research interests

Broadly, Will is interested in the applications of microbiology in agriculture including soil microbiology. More specifically his research is focused on the diversity, epidemiology and control of rust diseases with particular emphasis on Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici, the pathogen causing stripe rust of wheat.

Teaching and supervision

Will is currently co-supervising one Masters student on a project examining the epidemiology of stripe rust of wheat in Australia.

PUBLICATIONS

For full list of Publications, please refer to attached CV shown at the top of the page.

Themes

Food Production, Quality and Safety; Food Security and Supply

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2013). Nostoc, Microcoleus and Leptolyngbya inoculums are detrimental to the growth of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under salt stress. Plant and Soil, 370(1-2), 317-332. [More Information]
  • Cuddy, W., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2012). Comparative analysis of cyanobacteria in the rhizosphere and as endosymbionts of cycads in drought-effected soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 80(1), 204-215. [More Information]
  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Foster, P., Neilan, B. (2010). Host Selection of Symbiotic Cyanobacteria in 31 Species of the Australian Cycad Genus: Macrozamia (Zamiaceae). Molecular Plant - Microbe Interactions, 23(6), 811-822. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Cuddy, W., Forster, B., Deaker, R., Summerell, B., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2011). Cyanobacterial salt physiology and impact on wheat seedling salt tolerance. 17th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Forster, B., Deaker, R., Neilan, B. (2011). Diversity and salt physiology of cyanobacteria isolated from soils in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. 17th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Forster, B., Badger, M., Neilan, B. (2010). Cyanobacteria of Wheat Fields in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia: Diversity, Toxicity and Salt Physiology. Australian Society for Microbiology Conference 2010, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Roberts, A., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2009). An investigation into the diversity of cyanobacteria in the roots of the Australian cycad genus, Macrozamia, and their potential to produce the hepatotoxin, microcystin. 15th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2009). Cyanobacterial diversity in Australian wheat fields. 15th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Roberts, A., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2009). Microbes as fertilisers: Utilising soil microbial diversity for agriculture. 15th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Margaret River, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2009). Terrestrial cyanobacterial diversity: Agricultural vs non-agricultural soils. 15th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Margaret River, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2008). An assessment of the diversity of cyanobacteria and mycorrhizal Fungi in Australian wheat fields and their potential use as a biofertiliser. Australian Society for Microbiology Conference 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2008). Diversity of Cyanobacteria and Mycorrhizal Fungi in Salinised Wheat Fields in Australia. Plant Microbial Interactions, Krakow, Poland.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2007). Cycads and cyanobionts: Utilising biodiversity for agriculture. 13th SUNFIx Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Meloni, M., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Forster, P., Binelli, G., Neilan, B. (2007). Phylogenetic characterisation of cycad-cyanobacteria symbiosis. 54th Genetics Society of Australia Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Meloni, M., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Forster, P., Binelli, G., Neilan, B. (2007). Phylogenetic characterisation of cycad-cyanobacteria symbiosis. 5th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2007, Sydney, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., McPherson, H., Brown, E. (2003). Insights into the phylogeny of Fossombronia in New South Wales. 7th Australasian Bryological Workshop, Rawson, Australia.
  • Marchant, A., Offord, C., von Richter, L., Orel, G., Cuddy, W., Tyler, J. (2002). Preliminary investigation of cultivar identification and genetic variation in Flannel Flowers (Actinotus helianthi Labill.) using DNA fingerprinting. 6th Australian Wildflower Conference, Campbelltown, NSW.
  • Cuddy, W., Eldridge, D. (2001). Soil crust lichens as bioindicators in the inland slopes of New South Wales. 15th Meeting of Australasian Lichenologists, Lawson, Australia.

2013

  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2013). Nostoc, Microcoleus and Leptolyngbya inoculums are detrimental to the growth of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under salt stress. Plant and Soil, 370(1-2), 317-332. [More Information]

2012

  • Cuddy, W., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2012). Comparative analysis of cyanobacteria in the rhizosphere and as endosymbionts of cycads in drought-effected soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 80(1), 204-215. [More Information]

2011

  • Cuddy, W., Forster, B., Deaker, R., Summerell, B., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2011). Cyanobacterial salt physiology and impact on wheat seedling salt tolerance. 17th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Forster, B., Deaker, R., Neilan, B. (2011). Diversity and salt physiology of cyanobacteria isolated from soils in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. 17th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.

2010

  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Forster, B., Badger, M., Neilan, B. (2010). Cyanobacteria of Wheat Fields in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia: Diversity, Toxicity and Salt Physiology. Australian Society for Microbiology Conference 2010, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Foster, P., Neilan, B. (2010). Host Selection of Symbiotic Cyanobacteria in 31 Species of the Australian Cycad Genus: Macrozamia (Zamiaceae). Molecular Plant - Microbe Interactions, 23(6), 811-822. [More Information]

2009

  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Roberts, A., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2009). An investigation into the diversity of cyanobacteria in the roots of the Australian cycad genus, Macrozamia, and their potential to produce the hepatotoxin, microcystin. 15th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2009). Cyanobacterial diversity in Australian wheat fields. 15th SUNFix Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Roberts, A., Cuddy, W., Fieker, C., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2009). Microbes as fertilisers: Utilising soil microbial diversity for agriculture. 15th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Margaret River, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Neilan, B. (2009). Terrestrial cyanobacterial diversity: Agricultural vs non-agricultural soils. 15th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Margaret River, Australia.

2008

  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2008). An assessment of the diversity of cyanobacteria and mycorrhizal Fungi in Australian wheat fields and their potential use as a biofertiliser. Australian Society for Microbiology Conference 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Cuddy, W., Summerell, B., Milgate, A., Neilan, B., Gehringer, M. (2008). Diversity of Cyanobacteria and Mycorrhizal Fungi in Salinised Wheat Fields in Australia. Plant Microbial Interactions, Krakow, Poland.

2007

  • Cuddy, W., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Forster, P., Neilan, B. (2007). Cycads and cyanobionts: Utilising biodiversity for agriculture. 13th SUNFIx Symposium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Meloni, M., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Forster, P., Binelli, G., Neilan, B. (2007). Phylogenetic characterisation of cycad-cyanobacteria symbiosis. 54th Genetics Society of Australia Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Meloni, M., Gehringer, M., Pengelly, J., Cuddy, W., Forster, P., Binelli, G., Neilan, B. (2007). Phylogenetic characterisation of cycad-cyanobacteria symbiosis. 5th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2007, Sydney, Australia.

2003

  • Cuddy, W., McPherson, H., Brown, E. (2003). Insights into the phylogeny of Fossombronia in New South Wales. 7th Australasian Bryological Workshop, Rawson, Australia.

2002

  • Marchant, A., Offord, C., von Richter, L., Orel, G., Cuddy, W., Tyler, J. (2002). Preliminary investigation of cultivar identification and genetic variation in Flannel Flowers (Actinotus helianthi Labill.) using DNA fingerprinting. 6th Australian Wildflower Conference, Campbelltown, NSW.

2001

  • Cuddy, W., Eldridge, D. (2001). Soil crust lichens as bioindicators in the inland slopes of New South Wales. 15th Meeting of Australasian Lichenologists, Lawson, Australia.

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