Characterising the genomes of wheat stripe rust

Stripe Rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis, on wheat.


This project uses next-generation sequencing to characterize the genomes of wheat stripe rust, a severe fungal pathogen on wheat crops worldwide. We will use these data to identify rust effector proteins to describe their roles in the pathogenesis of this important fungus. New projects in this area include the use of epigenomics to understand the rapid evolution of these devastating fungal pathogens. You should have a strong background in molecular biology, and experience or interest in coding using languages such as Python or R.

Honours Project 2016: Use next-generation sequencing to analyze the genomes of some virulent strains of wheat stripe rust that are causing huge losses in Australian agriculture. Use high-throughput analysis to find genomic differences that underly virulence, and design tests to detect these crucial genes. You will develop strong competency in bioinformatics, and complement this with significant laboratory experience.

ASC/ASC Course: You will use bioinformatics techniques to compare the complements of virulence effector genes from different stripe rust genomes. You will develop skills in bioformatics and coding using Python.


This project is in collaboration with the CSIRO and the University of Sydney.

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