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 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 recognises and understands the potential impacts of pests, and how to prioritise biosecurity efforts to effectively minimise them.

She is also a director of Vinehealth Australia and serves in advisory roles on AgriFutures Australia’s New and Emerging Industries panel, the GM Crop Advisory Committee (South Australian Government) and the management committee of Ag Institute Australia (South Australia). Past Ministerial appointments include chair and director of the Dried Fruits Research and Development Corporation and member Premier’s Climate Change Council (South Australia).

Prue has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from the University of Adelaide, and MSc and PhD degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis, USA.