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Plant-fungal interactions

Soil and stubble-borne necrotrophic fungal pathogens cause destructive losses to agronomical crops in the order of billions of dollars globally. They are often difficult to control. Limited host resistance has been identified in commercial cultivars, limited or poor chemical control options are available, and compounding the problem is the ability of the pathogen to remain in soil and stubble for several years.

The CSIRO Plant Pathology and Crop Genomics group is providing growers with novel sources of durable genetic crop resistance and new management strategies.