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Innovative approaches to resistance to necrotrophic pathogens and sap-sucking insect pests
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A major constraint to the grains industry is the pressure imposed by necrotrophic pathogens (ie pathogens which actively kill host tissue as they colonize and thrive on the contexts of dead and dying cells) and insect pests... R. solani is difficult to control by traditional methods as its broad host range makes crop rotations ineffective, there is an absence of strong resistance in crops and fungicide are often ineffective... The work will include sequencing and assembling the genome of R. solani AG8, the strain causing the greatest impact on Australian grain crops, and profiling the expression of plant and R. solani genes during infection of resistant and susceptible host plants...