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PhD opportunity in Australia: ‘Development of molecular diagnostic tests to detect key plant parasitic cyst nematodes’

Details about this project are published on the Australasian Plant Pathology Society‘s Jobnet. It entails the “Development of molecular diagnostic tests to detect key plant parasitic cyst nematodes in soil and in planta that impact Australian agricultural production and restrict market access“.

It is said that cyst nematodes are an important group of plant pests, affecting a range of crops. There are several species identified as biosecurity threats in Australia. This project proposes to build Victoria’s capability to detect and identify plant parasitic cyst nematodes using molecular techniques. Diagnostic tests will be developed that can be used directly on soil or plant tissue to detect and identify target cyst nematodes.

The research projects are based at AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBiosciences, Melbourne, Australia. Successful applicants must meet Australian University entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

For enquiries and to apply, please forward a covering letter, your curriculum vitae (please include evidence of research writing) and academic transcripts to:
Kendra Whiteman
Visitor and Student Coordinator
Agriculture Victoria Research
[email protected]

Closing date for applications: 30 October 2020.

Full information can be viewed here.
Cover photo: Potato cyst nematode in Western Australia | Government of Western Australia | Andrew Taylor

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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