Synthetic biology to engineer novel disease resistance in cereal crops

    Project: Research

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    Description

    This project aims to engineer disease resistance in crops to dangerous fungal pathogens. The strategy is to exploit our knowledge of the plant immune system using structural biology and directed evolution of natural resistance genes, improving their ability to recognise and respond to fungal attack. Fungal pathogens cause some of the most harmful crop diseases in Australia and worldwide. The rapid evolution of fungi overcomes natural plant resistance and management of these diseases is a major challenge to agriculture. Expected outcomes of the project include engineered wheat plants with more effective disease resistance, reducing fungicide usage. This project intends to accelerate crop breeding and contribute to world food security.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date11/01/2125/12/24

    Funding

    • Australian National University (ANU): A$30,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$484,952.00

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