Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) caused by Zymoseptoria tritici is economically the most damaging disease of wheat causing yield losses of up to 50% in years of severe epidemics in UK and Europe. The aim of this project will be to determine the physiological and molecular mechanism of resistance to STB identified in an important UK source and perform fine mapping of the gene/s. The student will develop skills and techniques in microbiology, plant pathology, plant physiology and molecular biology at the University of Nottingham. Key wheat resources and training to fine map QTLs with significant potential to be further utilised for more durable resistance against Z. tritici will be provided by the industrial partner RAGT. The student will be offered a placement at RAGT which has excellent facilities for field phenotyping and high throughput genotyping.
Dr Rumiana Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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