Biology and infection process of Didymella tanaceti on pyrethrum

As part of this graduate research opportunity funded by Botanical Resources Australia Pty Ltd (BRA), you will work with researchers from the University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania and thrive in a collaborative and diverse environment with access to cutting-edge research facilities.

BRA is a global leader in the production of Pyrethrins; the natural insecticidal active ingredient that are extracted from Australian grown pyrethrum daisies. This project is designed to improve knowledge of the biology, epidemiology, and interaction of two important foliar pathogens of pyrethrum; Didymella tanaceti and Stagonosporopsis tanaceti.

The successful candidate will receive a University of Melbourne scholarship and industry top-up valued at $39,400 per annum.

Project goals

  • Develop transgenic strains of Didymella tanaceti and Stagonosporopsis tanaceti
  • Elucidate the infection process of foliar pathogens, their interaction, and impact on pyrethrum growth.
  • Explore the efficacy of the spring fungicide program in managing Didymella tanaceti

Eligibility criteria

We are seeking a PhD candidate with:

  • An Honours or Masters degree in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of Plant Pathology and/or Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Demonstrated ability to write research reports or other publications to a publishable standard
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The successful candidate will be based in Parkville campus in Melbourne and will be required to travel to Tasmania for field experiments.


For further details email Dr Niloofar Vaghefi.


31 October 2022