Dr Paul Dennis is a microbial ecologist focusing on plant-soil-microorganism interactions within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at The University of Queensland. His research group applies cutting-edge technologies to understand the roles of microorganisms and their responses to environmental change. He believes these topics are key to the development of more sustainable societies and takes pride in helping others to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to build a better future.
He is actively involved in projects investigating the ecology and management of Panama Disease in Australia and overseas. This work has revealed that non-pathogenic relatives of the disease dominate healthy banana plants and soils and has identified which microbes are typically associated with bananas under a range of conditions. This information is helping to uncover the ecological preferences of the disease, which will assist in the development of suitable management strategies.