[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160104980]
Researchers Prof Geoffrey McFadden
Brief description This project aims to improve our understanding of malarial genetics. The sexual cycle of malaria parasites occurs in mosquitoes. After sex, parasite progeny multiply to form infective spores that are injected into people by mosquito bite. Development of male and female malaria parasite gametes and their fusion to produce a diploid zygote are well understood, but the subsequent process of meiosis, development of a cyst stage and the sporogenic process to create haploid progeny for new infections are poorly understood in molecular genetic terms. The project aims to dissect the unique genetics of these insect stages using a rodent malaria model to generate crosses of different malaria parasite lines to determine when recombination takes effect.
Funding Amount $486,700
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects