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A/Prof. Alexander Idnurm

Research interests

Fungal biology

We study many aspects of fungi, primarily using molecular biology tools. Currently most of the research is focused on fungi that cause disease impacting the Australian grains industry, especially blackleg of canola.

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Plant pathology
  • Medical mycology
  • Evolution of mating-type determination

Research projects

  • Molecular tool development and applications to fungi impacting agriculture
  • Mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance in Leptosphaeria maculans (Parkville or Horsham with Angela Van de Wouw)
  • Discovery of gene functions in Ampelomyces quisqualis, a biocontrol agent of powdery mildews
  • Australian fungal biodiversity

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