Mechanisms and spread of fungicide resistance in pyrethrum fungal pathogens

Closing Date

2nd April 2021*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Pyrethrum is an important part of cropping production in Tasmania, being grown for the natural insecticides pyrethrins.  Diseases of pyrethrum are a major constraint on production in Tasmania caused by a complex of fungal pathogens.  Management of these diseases requires the use of multiple applications of chemical fungicides each year.  However, this exposes the industry to the risk of resistance building up within the pathogen population, reducing the efficacy of control leading to undesirable impacts on the economics and environmental sustainability of pyrethrum production.

This project will focus on understanding the risk of fungicide resistance in key fungal pathogens of pyrethrum.  Potential studies include looking into the genetic mechanisms that govern resistance, assessing the current extent of resistance present in field populations and evaluating the risk of resistance developing in the future.  Answering questions associated with these issues will help the pyrethrum industry better manage fungicide usage into the future.  As such, the project aims to produce impactful outcomes for Tasmanian agriculture.

In conducting this project, the candidate will be supported by, and collaborate with, Botanical Resources Australia, the commercial operator of the Australian pyrethrum industry.  The project will involve a combination of field-, glasshouse- and laboratory-based experimentation.  The project will be based at the Cradle Coast Campus of UTAS.

Eligibility
  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Plant pathology
  • Mycology
  • Molecular biology
  • Botany
  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jason Scott for further information.