Our work seeks to find genetic solutions to rust control in important plant species. For 100 years, we have monitored cereal rust pathogens throughout Australia, and have conducted fundamental world-class research to find and characterise new sources of rust resistance in cereals and investigate the molecular basis of plant resistance to rust fungi.
We assist Australian cereal breeding groups to incorporate rust resistance in new cultivars and promote stewardship of rust resistance genes by raising awareness of the importance of rust diseases in Australian cereal production and ensuring an ongoing skill-base in genetic control of these diseases.
The Rust Lab has a long and proud history of training postgraduate students from all over the world in rust and rust management. Since 2010, some 18 students have graduated with PhD degrees, conducting research programs on rust genetics in wheat, barley oat, and triticale, and on rust pathogen genomics. About half of these students are women.
We currently have 12 postgraduate students training with us, and we are especially keen to attract students with a passion for learning and a strong desire to contribute to the ongoing challenge of feeding the world in a changing environment.
Interested students should contact the Research Hub Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have close links with domestic and international organisations. Our current research partners include:
For over a century our scientists have helped wheat growers stay ahead in a genetic arms race against rust disease, caused by parasitic fungi that can wipe out entire crops.
Discover more about our enduring commitment to agricultural research and rich history of valuable contributions to the agriculture and food sector both nationally and globally.