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Thursday May 6 2.30pm

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Plant nematode-interactions: parasitism and defence

Discover how parasitic nematodes affect cereal plant roots and exactly which genes help the plants fight back.

Use robots to analyse plant DNA

In our lab, students can learn to use robots to analyse plant DNA.

Plant parasitic nematodes cause significant yield losses in agriculture.

We have mapped barley and wheat genes for nematode resistance and developed new ways to look inside infected roots. Now we want to discover exactly how the nematodes affect the roots and exactly which genes help the plants fight back.

Depending on your interests (e.g., genetics, biotechnology and/or plant pathology) we can work with you to design a project in which you can help solve some of the remaining mysteries about an important host-parasite system.

You will learn to formulate hypotheses and design experiments to test them and you will gain experience in the research methods used in plant genetics, biotechnology and pathology.


nematode barley root

Key references

Image: Migratory nematodes, like this root lesion nematode, tunnel through cells in the root cortex.


Professor Diane Mather


Professor Diane Mather

Research area: Plant genetics, genomics and breeding

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Plant Science

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STEM Careers Night: On-campus and online

Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.

You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 18 May to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night