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Research Thesis Topic

Collection, Identification and Classification of Novel Australian Fungi and Yeasts


Topic ID
261

Thesis Topic/Title
Collection, Identification and Classification of Novel Australian Fungi and Yeasts

Description

Fungi and yeasts have many applications in drug production, food processing, fermentation (beer, wine and bread), biological control agents, and enzyme technology. However indigenous Australian fungi have rarely been considered or applied to industrial applications.
The aim of this project is to collect, identify and classify Australian fungi and yeasts that may be screened for their potential use in novel industrial applications. The number of known species of yeasts worldwide has doubled in the past decade as gene sequences now allow the easy and rapid identification of species. Yeasts will be isolated from leaf surfaces from a range of locations and plant species. These isolates will be grown in pure culture and identified using phylogenetic analysis of gene sequences. Novel species will be formally described in the scientific literature.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Crop Health
  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Field of Research
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Microbiology


Application Open Date
17/05/2017

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Other Scholarship Funding Details
http://www.usq.edu.au/scholarships/results?level=research

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

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