About Lars: Lars is a Program Leader at Curtin University’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management. His current research focuses on a) Sclerotinia stem rot of canola and pulses and b) broadening the genetic base of Australian chickpeas. He is using traditional genetic mapping techniques to identify genes in canola and legumes that contribute to resistance to diseases these crops face.
About the talk: In times of tightening canola rotations, sclerotinia stem rot has now become a major economic issue for growers. But what if there was a way to ensure canola’s resistance against the disease? Join Lars as he explains how new breeding technology is paramount to developing resistance in canola against sclerotinia stem rot, and how he believes by searching genetic material globally, the future for canola production is bright.