Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Matthew Laurence


Diagnostics and Facilities Coordinator


Science & Public Programs


Plant Pathology

+ 61 2 9231 8186


+61 2 9241 1135

Research interests

Fusarium oxysporum, Phylogenetics, Population genetics, Biogeography, Fungal Systematics

Disease diagnosis, Fusarium oxysporum, Phylogenetics, Population genetics

Disease diagnosis and research support

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Key publications

  • Laurence MH, Summerell BA, Burgess LW, Liew ECY 2014. Genealogical concordance phylogenetic species recognition in the Fusarium oxysporum species complex. Fungal Biology 118: 374-384. doi:
  • Laurence, M., Summerell, B., Burgess, L., Liew, E., 2011. Fusarium burgessii sp. nov. representing a novel lineage in the genus Fusarium. Fungal Diversity 49, 101-112.
  • Laurence, M.H., Burgess, L.W., Summerell, B.A., Liew, E.C.Y., 2012. High levels of diversity in Fusarium oxysporum from non-cultivated ecosystems in Australia. Fungal Biology 116, 289-297.
  • Summerell, B., Leslie, J., Liew, E., Laurence, M., Bullock, S., Petrovic, T., Bentley, A., Howard, C., Peterson, S., Walsh, J., Burgess, L., 2010a. Fusarium species associated with plants in Australia. Fungal Diversity 46, 1-27.
  • Summerell, B.A., Laurence, M.H., Liew, E.C.Y., Leslie, J.F., 2010b. Biogeography and phylogeography of Fusarium: a review. Fungal Diversity 44, 1-11.
  • Walsh, J., Laurence, M., Liew, E., Sangalang, A., Burgess, L., Summerell, B., Petrovic, T., 2010. Fusarium: two endophytic novel species from tropical grasses of northern Australia. Fungal Diversity 44, 149-159.


Matt Laurence enjoying the unique tyre busting geology of the Millstream-Chichester National Park, Western Australia, while collecting soil samples for isolating fungi. Photo: Emma Laurence

Matt Laurence collecting soil samples for isolating fungi. Photo: Emma Laurence