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Research

From the DNA of a fungal pathogen to the decision making of when to apply fungicide, the breadth of our research is aiming to help growers find better bottom line solutions.

Our nine research programs can be divided into four themes, as shown below. Each program aims to focus on reducing the economic impact of common crop diseases, as well as finding strategies to ensure the sustainable use of fungicides.

The Fungicide Resistance Group conducts high impact research on fungicide resistance, studying crop disease from right across Australia. Their research works towards understanding how fungi are able to develop fungicide resistance and how management of diseases in the field can be improved to reduce losses associated with fungicide resistance.

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The Improved Farming Systems Program is farmer-focused, and carries out disease management research that is directly adoptable by the grower. The team works hand-in-hand with growers and the wider industry, working to develop economical integrated disease management (IDM) strategies to all fungal diseases affecting different crops within different farming systems. 

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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.

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