PhD student Lauren Ashman is on a mission with the ANU Research School of Biology and the CSIRO to find out where Rhytiphora Longhorn beetles came from. Using DNA sequencing, she hopes to organise Rhytiphora into cleaner groups. Knowing the family groups is important for museum collectors and conservationists working on Australian land, Lauren says. And also for farmers, for whom longhorn beetles can be timber and crop pests.
Researchers have a new understanding of the genetic makeup of a fungus that causes the disease Wheat Stripe Rust, one of the most destructive wheat diseases globally costing $1 billion annually.