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Genomics of rust pathogens


The cereal rust pathogens are among the most damaging of all plant pathogens. Using genome sequencing and transcriptome analysis, this project will examine how rust pathogens establish basic compatibility with their hosts, including the mechanisms by which they hijack host metabolism to allow them to grown and reproduce. It will also look at the pathogen proteins (effectors) that trigger resistance pathways in the host.


Professor Robert Park.

Research location

Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Program type



The project will involve working with rust pathogens of either wheat, oat, barley or rye, and undertaking whole genome sequencing and transcriptome sequencing. Bioinformatic analyses will be conducted to generate genome assemblies, and annotation to improve accuracy and coverage. This information will be used to look at the evolution of virulence in these pathogens, so help in understanding how they infect their hosts. The ultimate objective is to use this knowledge to develop new, sustainable and environmentally friendly disease control strategies.

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2309

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