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.