Taxonomy of the downy mildew pathogen Peronosclerospora sacchari
Collaborating OrganisationsBureau of Sugar Experiment Stations
Title:Taxonomy of the downy mildew pathogen Peronosclerospora sacchari
Regions:All Australian sugarcane regions
Objectives:The objectives of the proposed research include:-
1. To utilise biotechnological and traditional taxonomy to develop assays for different species and strains of Peronosclerospora.
2. To provide a resource for the proposed ACIAR-funded project for determining the distribution of species and strains of Peronosclerospora (sugarcane downy mildew pathogens) within the centre of origin of Saccharum officinarum (PNG- Irian Jaya)
|Summary of Final Report|
Downy mildew is an important sugarcane disease in Pacific-rim countries. The disease has been present in Australia, but was eradicated in 1957. There are several species of the pathogen P. spontanea, It is important to know what variation in the pathogen occurs and the likely effect of this on the resistance of commercial varieties. Funding was sought for research into the variation in
PhD student studying at the University of Reading, UK, undertook molecular and
traditional taxonomic research into fungi within this pathogen group. Several issues arose during the course of the project that
negatively affected project outcomes. Some
significant outcomes were achieved, but these related less to specific species issues and more to relationships between fungi within the broader
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