Research Thesis Topic
Discovery of Genes Responsible for Bacterial Pathogenicity on Rice
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.
- Centre for Crop Health
- Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
- Crop and Pasture Production
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External 2nd associate supervisor – from CSU - Dr B Stodart