PhD Molecular Genetics of Durable Disease Resistance in Wheat

The identification of agriculturally important genes in wheat had long been limited by its large genome, which is five times larger than the human genome. However, recent progress in wheat genomics, including the development of several rapid gene isolation strategies, will allow us to isolate and study the effect of genes much more rapidly in the future. In addition, the advancements in wheat genomics allow us nowadays to capture the sequence information of many different wheat cultivars and wild wheat relatives, which makes comparative analyses and genome-wide association studies feasible. The role of this PhD position is to incorporate these genomic advancements, as well as to develop novel approaches for gene identification and isolation. In particular, this position will focus on the cloning of several broad-spectrum stripe rust resistance genes in wheat.