Melania Figueroa Awarded OECD Fellowship
Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Melania Figueroa was recently awarded a fellowship from the Cooperative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems” at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This fellowship will allow Figueroa to spend ten weeks working on her research project "Uncovering the genetic basis of virulence in Puccinia coronata via an intercontinental comparative genomics approach" at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia.
The project focuses on expanding understanding of the genetic and molecular factors that drive virulence in crown rust (P. coronata f. sp. avenae), as a way to develop sustainable methods to manage crown rust disease at a global scale. This proposal will facilitate the access to biological material from rust isolates stored at Plant Breeding Institute Cereal Rust Laboratory at the University of Sydney and infrastructure to conduct molecular biology and analysis at CSIRO Agriculture in Canberra, Australia.