Fangning Zhang

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Fangning graduated from Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University, China with a Bachelor of Sciences. Following the undergraduate studies, she started her MSc at the same university. Now she is doing her PhD at The University of Western Australia.

Research Interests

Blackleg resistance, whole genome sequencing, association analysis, crossing, microspore culture

Current Projects

Identification of the resistance genes towards blackleg disease across wild Brassicaceae species

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. Blackleg not only causes significant yield losses, but also affects the quality of oilseed worldwide. 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 Brassica species, 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 production.


Conference Proceedings

Fangning Zhang, Guidong Li, Qin Ding, Zhen Wang, Xiaofei Ma, Hongxia Zhang, Zigang Zhang, Feng Jin, Lingjian Ma. Proteome analysis of pollen in the K-type male sterile line 732A and its maintainer 732B in wheat (Triticium aestivum L.) by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Acta Physiol Plant (2016) 38:84

Hongxia Zhang, Fangning Zhang, Guidong Li, Sini Zhang, Zigang Zhang, Lingjian Ma. Genetic diversity and association mapping of agronomic yield traits in eighty six synthetic hexaploid wheat. Euphytica (2017) 213:111.

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.

Contact Details

Fangning Zhang

Room 1.122, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009, Perth, Australia


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