We are a plant pathology research group that focuses on fungal diseases of canola (Brassica napus, rapeseed). Our main focus is on blackleg disease, the most significant disease of canola worldwide, which is caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans. Our research looks at all aspects of disease control from genetic resistance, cultural practices and fungicide use. Our primary grants are from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, which is a funding body that is principally supported by grower levies and the Australian government.
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Marcroft Grains Pathology. Coordinator of the Australian canola pathology program & blackleg resistance ratings. Plant pathology research.
Since no one can come to us to see what we are up to, we have put together the below video highlighting some of our @theGRDC experiments we have going on.
GRDC project updates - August 2021 https://youtu.be/5jd19Il2Cyc via @YouTube
Blackleg in South West Vic is now severe on leaves and first flowers. If your crop has severe leaf lesions and is commencing flowering it may be at risk of Upper Canopy Blackleg yield loss. Later flowering crops will have much lower risk. 2
Blackleg in the Wimmera is developing on leaves, but it is too late to cause severe crown canker. The risk of Upper Canopy at the moment is lower in the Wimmera due to later flowering. 2
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