New control methods for plant-parasitic nematodes

Investigating the use of RNA interference to control plant-parasitic nematodes.

This project is a collaboration between Dr Carolyn Behm (BSB) and Dr Ulrike Mathesius (Plant Sciences), Research School of Biology. Plant-parasitic nematodes are a major threat to crops throughout the world, causing annual losses of more than $US125 billion worldwide. Current control is based on crop rotation, breeding resistant crops, and soil fumigation. In a new approach, we are identifying essential nematode genes to be targetted by RNA interference engineered into host plants.