Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160103746 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Prof Ian Paulsen; Dr Karl Hassan; Dr Sasha Tetu; Dr Joyce Loper

Brief description This project intends to characterise the genetic basis for colonisation and persistence on plant seeds and roots by biocontrol bacteria. Pseudomonas biocontrol bacteria offer the potential to suppress agricultural crop pathogens without the need for expensive and potentially harmful agrochemicals. However, the application of these bacteria in the field is currently limited. A key reason for this is their unreliable capacity for root colonisation and persistence. The project aims to analyse the factors critical for plant colonisation. These analyses may facilitate the successful application of biocontrol bacteria for protecting Australian crops from pathogens.

Funding Amount $410,400

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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