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Genetics of Root-Lesion Nematode Pratylenchus thornei Resistance in Mungbean (Vigna radiata)

Mungbean (Vigna radiata) is Queensland’s most important summer-grown broadacre pulse crop. The susceptibility of mungbean crops to the root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei limits their benefits (such as nitrogen fixation and fungal disease breaks) to wheat grown in rotation. The PhD project will access mungbean germplasm collections and genomic resources to identify sources of genetic resistance, develop molecular markers for selection of P. thornei resistance and provide insights into the mechanisms of disease resistance. The project will provide opportunities for industry linkages, including Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries National Mungbean Improvement Program.
  • Stipend (living allowance), valued at AUD $30,000 per annum, tax free.
  • Full tuition fees for a period of 6 semesters (full-time equivalent). Domestic students will be allocated a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Place.
  • The maximum period of the award is three years. 
  • Working in a research project gaining practical and industrial experience.