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Research Thesis Topic

Comparative Genomics of Phomopsis spp Associated with Diseases of Summer Crops and Weeds


Topic ID
173

Thesis Topic/Title
Comparative Genomics of Phomopsis spp Associated with Diseases of Summer Crops and Weeds

Description

Phomopsis Stem Canker is a debilitating disease of sunflower which can lead to senescence, plant wilting and/or stem breakage. It is caused by a fungi belonging to the Diaporthe species. Yield losses can be significant. Currently no resistant varieties have been identified and control relies on management of plant residues. Recently large numbers of new species of this fungus have been discovered from a range of plant hosts. This PhD will use DNA sequence data and genome annotation of representative fungal species found on sunflowers in Queensland as a basis of understanding of phylogeny, virulence and phytotoxin production by the fungi and for the development of robust diagnostics.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Crop Health
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment

Field of Research
  • Crop and Pasture Production


Application Open Date
04/06/2016

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

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