Fabian Inturrisi

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Academic Achievements


Commencement of PhD candidature

University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia.


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia.


Bachelor of Science


Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia.


Brassica species are important crops producing cooking oils, vegetables, condiments and biofuels, grown in diverse environments, with high economic and export value. A thorough understanding of the relationships between plants and pathogens is essential if we are to continue to meet the agricultural needs of the world’s growing population. Leptosphaeria maculans (blackleg fungus) is a devastating fungal pathogen for canola in Australia. L. maculans and Brassica species are locked in an evolutionary arms-race whereby a gene for gene interaction confers either resistance or susceptibility in the plant depending on the genotype of the plant and pathogen. Brassica juncea is important in canola breeding for blackleg disease resistance by identification, characterisation and assessment of diversity and allelic variation of candidate resistance genes among B. juncea lines. The newly available Brassica genome sequence and the recent avaliability of next generation sequencing methods enable the de novo sequencing of Brassica genomes for gene discovery. The aim of this project will be to add to the growing genomic knowledge of Brassicas, through the identification of candidate resistance genes in B. juncea against L. maculans along with applying this knowledge in the breeding of disease resistant cultivars.


A/Prof Jacqueline Batley

Contact Details


Fabian Inturrisi

John Hines Building (62) Room 220B

St Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia.