Prue McMichael


Dr Prue McMichael is a career plant pathologist with experience in plant health management, national biosecurity protocol development and oversight, expertise in biological threat identification and assessment, and technical skills honed and applied on-farm, in laboratories, and in risk reduction strategic planning.

Prue’s broad exposure to horticultural production regions, systems and industries (grapes, almonds, pistachios, citrus, nursery, vegetables and potatoes) means she understands how to prioritise biosecurity efforts to effectively minimise pest issues.

She is a director of Vinehealth Australia and helped to generate its strategic plan to significantly elevate risk reduction goals and motivate faster in-roads to grape grower engagement in biosecurity.

Prue has a BAgSc from the University of Adelaide, and MSc and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis, USA. She is serving in advisory roles on AgriFutures Australia’s New and Emerging Industries panel, the GM Crop Advisory Committee (SA government) and the management committee of Ag Institute Australia (SA). Past Ministerial appointments include chair and director of the Dried Fruits RDC; member Premier’s Climate Change Council (SA); and Presiding Member of several panels.