Bird, David M

Entomology and Plant Pathology
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Dr. Bird’s research interests include: nematode biology and development; genome organization and evolution; structure-function relationships; host-parasite interactions; evolution of parasitism; host responses and resistance/susceptibility to pathogens; plant development.

The primary focus of his research group is to understand the mechanisms underlying parasitic interactions between nematodes and plants. David was a pioneer in framing the key questions in the context of nematode and host development. Together with collaborators world-wide, his group has been instrumental in establishing the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, as the preeminent genetic system to model less-tractable nematode-host interactions, and as a platform for comparative genomics ( His current program also emphasizes vaccine development for malaria-like diseases of cats and dogs.

  Bioinformatics | Plant Genomics and Genetics | Structural Biology | Nematology | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | India | United Kingdom |
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Other international activities | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
  A Road Map Towards Effective Management of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes by 2025
05/07/2016 - 12/31/2017
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
Institutional Partner: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India
  Newly discovered regulatory peptides underpin root organogenesis, environmental sensing, symbiosis and nematode parasitism
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Institutional Partner: Australian National University, Australia
  Circadian rhythms in plants and parasites
01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Institutional Partner: University of Adelaide, Australia
  Centre of Excellence for Integrated Legume Research
01/01/2004 - 12/31/2010
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Institutional Partner: Australian National University, Australia | University of Melbourne, Australia | University of Queensland, Australia
  Collaborative Research
01/01/2003 - 12/31/2008
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Murdoch University, Australia
  Nematology Research
01/01/2002 - 12/31/2005
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Rothamsted Research, UK