Martin John Barbetti

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Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) is a high-value crop worldwide. Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae causes rapid wilting and death of strawberry plants and severe economic losses worldwide. To date, no studies have been conducted to determine colonisation of either susceptible or resistant strawberry plants by F. oxysporum f. sp. fragariae, or whether(More)
Strawberry (Fragaria×ananassa) is one of the most important berry crops in the world. Root rot of strawberry caused by Rhizoctonia spp. is a serious threat to commercial strawberry production worldwide. However, there is no information on the genetic diversity and phylogenetic status of Rhizoctonia spp. associated with root rot of strawberry in Australia.(More)
White rust, caused by Albugo candida, is a serious pathogen of Brassica juncea (Indian mustard) and poses a potential hazard to the presently developing canola-quality B. juncea industry worldwide. A comparative proteomic study was undertaken to explore the molecular mechanisms that underlie the defence responses of Brassica juncea to white rust disease(More)
An isolated occurrence of Fusarium head blight (FHB) of wheat was detected in the south-west region of Western Australia during the 2003 harvest season. The molecular identity of 23 isolates of Fusarium spp. collected from this region during the FHB outbreak confirmed the associated pathogens to be F. graminearum, F. acuminatum or F. tricinctum. Moreover,(More)
Many of the fungal pathogens that threaten agricultural and natural systems undergo wind-assisted dispersal. During turbulent wind conditions, long-distance dispersal can occur, and airborne spores are carried over distances greater than the mean. The occurrence of long-distance dispersal is an important ecological process, as it can drastically increase(More)
Sclerotinia rot caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is one of the most serious diseases of oilseed rape. To understand the resistance mechanisms in the Brassica napus to S. sclerotiorum, comparative disease progression, histological and proteomic studies were conducted of two B. napus genotypes (resistant cv. Charlton, susceptible cv. RQ001-02M2). At 72 and(More)
Twenty Brassica breeding populations derived from mass selection or inter-specific hybridization were field screened for resistance to three separate isolates of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, the cause of Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR). Variation due to S. sclerotiorum isolates (P ≤ 0.001) and host populations (P ≤ 0.001) were highly significant. Populations ×(More)
Diurnal patterns of spore release have been observed in a number of fungal pathogens that undergo wind-assisted dispersal. The mechanisms that drive these patterns, while not well understood, are thought to relate to the ability of dispersing spores to survive their journey and infect new hosts. In this paper, we characterise the diurnal pattern of(More)
Rice production is currently expanding from the south-eastern regions of Australia into northern Australia where indigenous species of wild rice occur widely. A survey of fungal diseases on wild (Oryza australiensis, Oryza spp.) and cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) in North Queensland, Australia, in May 2014 revealed a diverse range of fungal genera species,(More)
Preliminary studies were undertaken to establish the occurrence of Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) resistance phenotypes in 99 Brassica napus and 32 B. carinata accessions, breeding lines and cultivars mostly from Africa, Australia, the Indian sub-continent or China. An isolate of TuMV pathotype 8 (WA-Ap1) was used in most inoculations. The influence of(More)