Grant success for Centre Director

October 30, 2015

Filed under: News,Uncategorized — dmathew @ 10:13 am

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (on behalf The Australian Research Council) has just announced a new round of funding at the Australian National Wine Centre in Adelaide. Centre Director, Vincent Bulone was present to hear he was successful with his ARC Discovery Project application that will look into cell wall structure and dynamics in emerging fungal pathogens of crops.

The project aims to understand the role of fungal cell wall biosynthetic enzymes in cell wall stability. The fungal cell wall is a dynamic structure whose composition constantly changes in response to biotic and abiotic stresses and at different developmental stages. The devastating fungal crop pathogen Fusarium graminearum is responsible for the head blight disease in cereals. The project aims to understand the molecular events that govern metabolism and dynamics of the cell wall of F. graminearum. The project also plans to characterise the molecular interactions involved in plant defence against fungal pathogens and fungal responses to plant immune factors called defensins. Expected long-term outcomes include the development of novel strategies for disease control and crop protection.