Disease resistance gene discovery to improve wheat breeding
Stock Journal Australia, Other, 17/01/2022
A genetic discovery could help streamline wheat breeding for disease-resistant varieties that are better suited to Australian conditions. Australian and European researchers have discovered a genetic element in a common wheat pathogen with potential to help streamline breeding for disease-resistant varieties that are better suited to Australian conditions. Recently published in the prestigious scientific journal PLOS Pathogens , and led by researchers from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management – a national centre co-supported by the GRDC and Curtin University – along with collaborators from CSIRO, the Max Planck Institute of Germany and the University of Neuchtel of Switzerland, the team discovered a variable genetic element within the economically damaging wheat fungal pathogen causing Septoria nodorum blotch of wheat.