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TitleQuantitative resistance (QR) against blackleg
SupervisorProf Jacqueline Batley
Research areaBiological Sciences
Project description

Blackleg, caused by the fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans, remains a highly destructive disease that significantly impacts canola production. Although several qualitative resistance genes, also known as major R genes, have been identified and cloned, their long-term effectiveness in the field is limited due to the potential for resistance breakdown. To achieve more sustainable disease control, a promising strategy involves combining qualitative and quantitative resistance (QR) in one genetic background. Quantitative resistance is controlled by multiple genes and is a more complex form of resistance compared to qualitative resistance. This project will employ a multi-omics approach to unravel the genetic mechanisms underlying QR. The ultimate objective is to identify genetic markers associated with QR that can be utilized to further enhance blackleg resistance in canola cultivars.

Opportunity statusOpen
Open date01 Jan 2024
Close date31 Dec 2025
Funding source

Australian Research Council and Grain Research Development Corporation


Prof Jacqueline Batley -  email  research profile

Specific project requirement

Molecular biology, data analysis and genomics skills, and knowledge of quantitative genetics.

Additional information

Research students at all levels (Honours, Masters and Doctoral) are sought to work on this project.

Please email Prof Jacqueline Batley in the first instance, with the following documents:

  • a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position; and
  • a copy of your academic transcript; and
  • a resume that includes your contact details and two referees.
Course typeDoctorates