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Discovery of Genes Responsible for Bacterial Pathogenicity on Rice


Topic ID
182

Thesis Topic/Title
Discovery of Genes Responsible for Bacterial Pathogenicity on Rice

Description

Rice is a major commodity for Australia contributing around 800 million Australian dollars annual revenue. Rice production in Australia is relatively free of major plant diseases, however, a new bacterial disease was found in Australia in 2005. The disease is called sheath brown rot and it can cause losses of up to 100%. With the availability of whole genomes for the pathogen the search for genes involved in pathogenicity is intensifying. This PhD project will use Tn5 mutants, DNA sequencing of the bacterium and glasshouse screening to determine the genes involved in pathogenicity of this organism. This project has implications for both plant microbe interactions and host plant resistance.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

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

Field of Research
  • Crop and Pasture Production

Available Academic Programs

Application Open Date
04/06/2016

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

Admission Requirements

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External 2nd associate supervisor – from CSU - Dr B Stodart




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