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Prof

Barbara Howlett

Honorary
Biosciences
Mycology
Agriculture
Genetics
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
ascomycota
plant sciences
oilseed rape
molecular sequence data
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Prof

Barbara Howlett

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Fungal Diseases of Plants
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Prof

Barbara Howlett

 

Research Interests
My main research interests are fungal genetics and fungal diseases of plants. Most of the research involves Leptosphaeria maculans, the fungus that causes blackleg disease of canola.

My approach ranges from developing plant disease management strategies, to jointly leading an initiative with French scientists to sequence and annotate the 16,000 genes of this fungus. My research team has pioneered the development of genetic and molecular techniques for the blackleg fungus to understand how the fungus causes disease. We use molecular markers to monitor populations of the blackleg fungus for changes of virulence. We also study sclerotinia stem rot of canola. Many findings are of major significance to fungal biology and plant disease.

I also am analyzing genes involved in the biosynthesis of an important class of toxins (epipolythiodioxopiperazines) in a range of filamentous fungi, including animal and plant pathogens. These toxins include sirodesmin in L.maculans and gliotoxin in Aspergillus fumigatus. We are analysing regulation and evolution of toxin gene clusters in fungi.

Current projects are listed in my lab home page http://www.botany.unimelb.edu.au/blackleg.html


Editorial Responsibilities
2009: Editorial Board: Eukaryotic Cell
2009: Associate Editor: PLoS Pathogens
2007-8: Associate Editor: PLoS One
2005-present: Senior Editor: Molecular Plant Pathology


Projects

Displaying the 17 most recent projects by Barbara Howlett.

17

Projects

Project Types


15

Research Grant


1

Internal Research Grant


1

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 125 most recent scholarly works by Barbara Howlett.

Credentials

Positions

Positions


Honorary

Biosciences

Casual

Biosciences

One Of Nine Members

International Fungal Genetics Policy Committee

General

Australasian Plant Pathology Society

General

Australian Society of Plant Biologists

Education

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Science

The Australian National University

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

University of Melbourne