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Strawberry fields forever and fungus-free

Strawberry fields forever and fungus-free

Media issued by The University of Western Australia School of Plant Biology   

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have identified mechanisms that strawberry plants use to combat a serious strawberry fungus, which will pave the way for developing new strawberry cultivars with improved resistance to the fungus. This will mean growers should be able to use fewer anti-fungal chemicals, with reduced input cost and improved outcome on human health and the environment.

The researchers' findings provide the first understanding of strawberry plant resistance at a molecular level and it’s hoped more effective and sustainable disease management strategies can be adopted locally and nationally.

The research is supported by the ARC.

 

Image Credit: Kelly L Pexels

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