What we do
Our Bioinformatics program uses cutting edge technologies including next-generation sequencing, comparative genomics and structural bioinformatics techniques to study plant and microbial genomes and host-pathogen interactions.
Why we do it
We’re studying how pathogens adapt, leading to predictions of where the disease-causing genes may be located on a genome. As a result, the time it takes to identify the causes of diseases can be dramatically reduced, with potential to fast track important genetic information through to plant breeders and farmers.
A recent outcome
Distinctive evolutionary patterns of fungal genomes have been observed by using bioinformatics technology, which has helped to predict host specific and/or laterally transferred pathogenicity genes, potentially pointing to mutation hotspots.