Hua Yang

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Hua graduated from Northwest A & F University, China in 2011 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Seed Science and Technology. Following the undergraduate studies, she started her MSc in Crop Genetics and Breeding at the same university. Now she is doing her PhD at The University of Western Australia.

Research Interests

Plant pathogen interactions, identification of resistance and avirulence genes, understanding of co-evolution

Current Projects

Identification of R genes towards L. maculans in Brassica juncea

Brassica species are important crops worldwide with high economic and export value. However this is at the risk of severe crop loss due to pathogens. Leptosphaeria maculans is the causal agent of the devastating fungal disease blackleg (stem canker) of oilseed Brassicas, particularly Brassica napus (canola). Blackleg not only causes significant yield losses, but also affects the quality of oilseed worldwide. Brassica juncea (AABB, 2n = 36) is known to have high heat tolerance, high drought tolerance, shatter resistance and blackleg resistance. Due to its good agronomic traits, B. juncea is recognised as an important resource for variety improvement and genetic research. A gene for gene interaction confers either resistance or susceptibility in the plant depending on the genotype of the plant and pathogen. The newly available genome sequence information for both host and pathogen provides the resources to study the co-evolution of this interaction. The identification and characterisation of host resistance genes in B. juncea, along with the corresponding pathogen avirulence genes, will provide an insight into the evolution of disease resistance mechanisms and permit the development of novel approaches for sustainable canola production.


Conference Proceedings

1. Sheng Chen, Alice Hayward, K. P. Witt Hmon, S. S. Dey, Fabian C. Inturrisi, Aria Dolatabadian, Ting Xiang Neik, Hua Yang, Matthew N. Nelson, Neil C. Turner, Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Wallace A. Cowling, Jacqueline. Batley. Genome-wide association analyses provide genomic insights into natural variation in heat tolerance of Brassica rapa. Brassica 2016, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

2. Hua Yang, David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley. Characterization of Rlm2/LepR3 Genes in Brassicas. Brassica 2016, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

3. Jacqueline Batley, Aria Dolatabadian, Hua Yang, Anita Severn-Ellis, Salman Alamery, Reece Tollenaere, Philipp E. Bayer, Bhavna Hurgobin, Agnieszka Golicz, David Edwards. The More the Merrier? Investigating Copy Number Variation in Brassica Disease Resistance. PAG ASIA, 2016.

4. Fabian C. Inturrisi, Soodeh Tirnaz, Philipp E. Bayer, Ting Xiang Neik, Hua Yang, Aria Dolatabadian, Fangning Zhang, Anita Severn-Ellis, Dhwani A. Patel, Aneeta Pradhan, HueyTyng Lee, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley.Genome-Wide Analysis of NBS-LRR Genes in the Brassicaceae and Applications for Breeding. PAG XXVI. 2018.

5. Hua Yang, Angela Van de Wouw, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley. LepR3/Rlm2 Genes: Resistance to Leptosphaeria maculans in Brassicas. PAG XXVI. 2018.

6. Fabian C. Inturrisi, Philipp E. Bayer, Hua Yang, Chon-Kit Kenneth Chan, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley.Genome-Wide Analysis of NBS-LRR Genes in Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea) and Prediction of Candidate Disease Resistance Genes. PAG XXVI. 2018.

Contact Details

Hua Yang

Room 1.122, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009, Perth, Australia