This theme is about understanding and harnessing microbial diversity of both pathogenic and beneficial microbes associated with horticulture. It will involve going from population level data to candidate DNA regions associated with phenotypes of interest that can be functionally validated. It will also explore what evolutionary processes drive the expansion of pathogen populations and how growing systems affect this.
Key areas of research
- Host specificity
- Population dynamics of pests and pathogens
- Genome evolution