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A synthetic biology approach to detect pathogen molecules in crops

Australian agriculture is a key contributor to the economy with the goal to grow the agricultural sector to AUD$100 billion within the next decade. Wheat is the major crop with a collective market value over AUD$6 billion. Fungal crop diseases are one of the major limitations causing yield losses of about 20% despite regular fungicide applications costing over $100 million a year.

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Coral development and comparative genomics Not open to students.
Coral regeneration Honours, PhD
Decrypting chloroplast signalling networks in C4 photosynthesis at cell type-resolution Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Delivery of virulence proteins by fungal rust pathogens Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Design and evaluation of novel antimalarial drugs Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Designing new channel inhibitors for treating chronic pain Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Developing molecular tools for functional analysis of microRNA-mediated gene silencing Honours, Masters, PhD
Development of a simple, inexpensive therapeutic cancer vaccine Honours, PhD
Development of the coral nervous system and its role in metamorphosis Not open to students.
Diseases of amino acid transport Honours, PhD
Disentangling climate and evolutionary controls over the temperature-dependence of leaf respiration Not open to students.
Distinguishing among patterns of extinction and speciation through geological and climatic change Not open to students.
Domestic applicants for PhDs in Ecology & Evolution PhD
Drug resistance in the human malaria parasite Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Duetting and female song in Australian passerines Masters, PhD
Dynamic architecture of plant thylakoid membranes between light and dark Not open to students.
Ecological processes in evolutionary radiations Honours, PhD
Ecological, social and food-security dimensions of Timor-Leste fisheries Not open to students.
Ecology of the Silky Hairstreak butterfly and its attendant ant, a potential indicator of old growth forest Honours
Ecology, genetics and physiology of animal-plant interactions Not open to students.
Ecophysiology of salinity and temperature tolerance in a changing world Honours, PhD
Effect of endocrine disruptors on reproduction in daphniids Not open to students.
Effector delivery by fungal rust pathogens Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Electron transport and ATP synthesis in chloroplasts Honours
Energy use and the plant canopy - measuring local respiration trends. Bachelor