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Our Research Themes


Discovery of Novel Blackleg Resistance

We focus on identifying novel resistance sources against blackleg disease in Brassica germplasm. Using genomics and bioinformatics tools, we aim to uncover new resistance genes crucial for breeding resilient canola varieties. Our work addresses the urgent need for sustainable disease management strategies to protect global canola production.


Identification of New Disease Resistance Genes

Our research focuses on identifying and validating new disease-resistance genes in Brassica against fungal pathogens. By leveraging cutting-edge techniques like RenSeq and association genetics, we aim to accelerate the development of disease-resistant cultivars, bolstering crop protection and genetic diversity in Brassica germplasm.


Functional Characterisation of Resistance Genes

Our research focuses on characterising candidate resistance genes in Brassica against Leptosphaeria maculans. By elucidating the mechanisms underlying plant-fungus interactions, we aim to develop effective strategies for combating fungal pathogens and enhancing canola yield.


Exploration of Genetic Potential for Blackleg Resistance

This project explores the genetic potential for blackleg resistance in Australian Brassica napus cultivars and wild relatives. We seek to identify candidate genes and understand the resistance mechanisms through comprehensive genomic analyses, thereby informing breeding decisions and bolstering canola production resilience.


Plant Sterol Metabolism Modification for Pest Control

Addressing the urgent need for innovative pest control strategies, we delve into modifying plant sterol metabolism to combat insect pests. By genetically engineering canola plants to produce non-utilable sterols, we aim to impede insect growth and reproduction while preserving plant health. Our innovative approach, utilising CRISPR technology and novel sterol biosynthetic genes, holds promise for revolutionising pest control strategies and safeguarding global crop yields.


Genome-wide Identification of Novel Resistance Genes in Brassica napus and Wild Relatives

Our research focuses on genome-wide identification of novel resistance genes in Brassica napus against blackleg disease. By integrating phenotypic screening and genomic analyses, we aim to uncover new sources of resistance and facilitate the development of durable disease-resistant cultivars.


Genetic Modification for TuMV Resistance

We research developing genetic modification systems for enhancing resistance against Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) in Brassica. Through innovative CRISPR/Cas technology, we aim to engineer canola plants with heightened viral resistance, offering a sustainable solution to mitigate crop losses and ensure food security.


Functional Characterisation of Rlm Genes

This research focuses on characterising Rlm genes in Brassica species for resistance against Leptosphaeria maculans. Through sequencing and phenotyping approaches, we aim to validate the function of candidate genes and enhance our understanding of host-pathogen interactions, ultimately contributing to the development of disease-resistant canola varieties.


Canola-Blackleg Relationship through Multi-Omic Analysis

This study investigates the intricate relationship between canola plants and blackleg disease using a multi-omic analysis approach, exploring how various biological data types contribute to understanding the dynamics of this interaction at a molecular level.

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