We are studying the manner in which genetic variation in eucalypts affects their interaction with a variety of pathogen, insect and marsupial species. We are collaborating with pathologists and entomologists to study the genetic basis of disease resistance and plant genetic factors affecting insect host choice using the commercially important E. globulus and E. nitens.
A core area of research investigates aspects of the genetic and chemical basis of eucalypt resistance to browsing mammalian herbivores. Projects focus on aspects of herbivore feeding preferences and plant genetic/chemical ecology. In collaboration with scientists in the USA, we are extending these genetic studies to the community, examining the genetic control of eucalypt-animalfungi interactions and the impact of eucalypt host genetic diversity on the structure and composition of dependent communities and ecosystem processes (i.e. the extended phenotype of the tree).
Authorised by the Head of School, Plant Science
17 April, 2012