Scientists Identify Genes to Combat Canola Blackleg Disease
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp
Date: May 26, 2019 04:15PM
A team of scientists from the New South Wales Department of Primary
Industries (DPI) in Australia took a closer look at the canola plant's
genome and was able to detect multiple genes in eight regions of the genome
that can be used to develop new canola varieties resistant to the blackleg
After three years of studying the canola under field and greenhouse
conditions, the scientists were finally able to identify the genes that can
become a durable source with multigene resistance to the blackleg disease.
Blackleg disease has been a problem in Australia since the 1970s. It is
caused by a fungus whose pathogen is highly diverse. On a global scale,
blackleg disease remains a threat as well.
According to lead research scientist Dr. Harsh Raman, it is important to