What We Do

We’ve identified sources of genetic resistance to canola and pulse diseases Through global and national collaborations we’ve successfully identified partial sclerotinia stem rot resistance in canola and ascochyta blight resistance in chickpeas and lentils, helping breeders develop more resistant canola and pulse varieties.
We’re developing management tools to improve crop yield We've screened commonly grown canola varieties with sclerotinia isolates, recording significant differences due to environmental conditions during the infection period. This finding will help growers manage the disease to improve crop performance.
We’re speeding up chickpea resistance discoveries We developed a robust and rapid method to determine ascochyta blight resistance in chickpeas at the seedling stage, speeding up the resistance breeding process from months to weeks.

Our Current Projects

Agronomy and management solutions to sclerotinia stem rot of canola and pulses

Create agronomy and management solutions to combat sclerotinia stem rot in canola and pulses. Development and rollout of a disease resistance rating system to help growers more cost-effectively manage sclerotinia stem rot in the field.
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Genetic solutions to sclerotinia stem rot of canola and pulses

Building on our discovery of partial sclerotinia stem rot resistance and linking with breeders to incorporate findings into breeding programs to help develop Australian varieties with greater disease resistance.
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Ascochyta blight of pulses with a focus on chickpea

Improve monitoring, characterisation and surveillance of pathotypes for better crop rotation planning to expand the grower base and deliver pre-breeding lines with greater ascochyta blight resistance.
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Ascochyta blight of pulses with a focus on lentils

Deliver pre-breeding material with strong resistance to ascochyta blight, develop key research tools for effector characterisation and provide growers with advice on disease dynamics in the field.
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