Jenna Malone

Dr Jenna Malone

Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Jenna Malone is a senior postdoctoral fellow with the Weed Science Research group at the University of Adelaide. She works on understanding and management of herbicide resistant weeds, with a focus on the evolution and inheritance of molecular resistance mechanisms.

Weeds present one of the largest costs to agriculture, with expenditure on weed management and yield loss caused by weeds estimated to cost Australian grain growers over $3 billion annually. Herbicides are by far the most effective weed control tools and therefore the most widely used weed management practice of growers. However, a consequence of the extensive use of herbicides for weed control has been the evolution of herbicide resistant weeds. 

Weeds can evolve resistance to herbicides via a variety of mechanisms, and my research focuses on the investigation and understanding of the biochemical and molecular processes involved in these resistance mechanisms.

For more information, visit the Weed Science Research Group website.


Date Investigators Title Funding body Amount Role
2022 J Malone, J Rathjen Novel approaches to understanding the chickpea-mesorhizobial symbiosis UofA (Charlick) $17,800 Chief investigator
2021-2022 A Hennessey, J Malone, P Vetch, T Cavagnaro, D Plett Next generation laser technology for horticultural weed control UofA (Roadmap) $21,766 Partner Investigator
2020-2025 C Preston, J Malone, H Beckie, M Widderick, N Aggarwal, D Goggin, R Busi  Developing strategies to mitigate and manage resistance to key herbicides GRDC $2,121,610 Chief investigator
2016 J Malone University of Queensland Bioinformatics Winter School Travel Funding UofA $1000 Sole applicant
2015-2020 C Preston, J Malone, M Krishnan, F Dolman Mechanisms, evolution and inheritance of resistance GRDC $1,498,727 Partner investigator
2014 J Malone Yitpi Research Award: Crop Science Research UofA $9,950 Chief investigator
2013 J Malone Yitpi Research Award: Crop Science Research UofA $10,000 Chief investigator
2011 J Malone Early Career Weed Scientist Travel Award CAWS $2000 Sole applicant
2008-2012 C Preston, J Malone Understanding and management of weed resistance to glyphosate GRDC $697,255 Chief investigator

Contribute to the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology


  • Foundations in Plants Science II
  • Plant Health III
  • Research Skills for Applied Biology II
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Genetic Control of Seed Dormancy in Lolium rigidum Gaudin and Bromus diandrus Roth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Zarka Ramiz
    2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Characterization of Glyphosate Resistance in Hordeum glaucum Steud (Barley grass) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Patricia Lowery Adu-Yeboah
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Herbicide Resistant Common Sowthistle (Sonchus Oleraceus L.) and Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca Serriola L.): Management Considerations in Lentils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alicia Blyth Merriam
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Herbicide Resistance in Oriental Mustard (Sisymbrium orientale L.) in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Hue Thi Dang
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Clethodim Resistance in Lolium rigidum (Annual Ryegrass) and its Management in Broadleaf crops Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rupinder Kaur Saini
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Evolution and spread of glyphosate resistant barnyard grass (Echinochloa colona (L.) Link) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hoan Thai Nguyen
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2020 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Agricultural Bureau of South Australia University of Adelaide Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member AFW Executive Committee School of Ag, Food and Wine Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Gender, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Faculty of Sciences Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member AFW HSW Committee School of Ag, Food and Wine Australia
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 83137303
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83137109
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Main Building, floor LG
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - WT

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