Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.