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Stagonospora nodorum Stagonospora nodorum penetrating a wheat leaf

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Grains Research and Development Corporation Grants

The Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens has secured grants worth almost $2.3 million, to help eliminate powdery mildew disease in barley crops.The project aims to reduce the high risk of fungicide resistance by identifying alternative fungicide options for growers. It will also examine a genetic method for barley powdery mildew control, to identify resistant genes, enhance breeding programs, and deliver a range of resistant barley cultivars.

The Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP) is an established research group based at Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia). Our aim is to undertake fundamental research into the mechanisms of pathogenicity and resistance in necrotrophic fungal pathosystems.

We are also developing methods to improve disease resistance in wheat and undertaking research to support the sustainability of fungicides for crop protection.

We are currently seeking applications for Honours, ISC and PhD studentships from home and foreign students.

Contact Richard.Oliver@curtin.edu.au for further information.