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Mark Derbyshire « Visiting Scientist » seminar

03.15.2018 - Marc-Ridet conference room (INRA Auzeville campus)

Mark Derbyshire « Visiting Scientist » seminar
Mark Derbyshire will give a seminar « Selective sweeps in the genome of the broad host range plant pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum: how the environment shapes the landscape of single nucleotide polymorphisms » on March Thursday 15th, 2018 in the Marc-Ridet conference room.

The broad host range plant pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a major threat to agricultural production throughout the world. It infects more than 600 species of plant and can persist in the soil for several years. One of the most economically important hosts of S. sclerotiorum is the popular oilseed crop canola (Brassica napus). As a major producer of canola, the Australian grains industry has an interest in developing improved methods for managing S. sclerotiorum.


Mark is a research fellow at the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, which is funded through a bilateral agreement between Australia’s foremost grains research funding body, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. His research is specifically focussed on the genomics of global populations of S. sclerotiorum, and feeds into a larger project portfolio comprising both applied and fundamental research. He is particularly interested in how the environment affects the genomic landscape.


S. sclerotiorum cultures growing on plates containing pH indicator, showing acidifaction of the growth medium.