Research Projects

                Project area

 Funding support


 Plant-pathogen interactions


Map-based cloning of the scald resistance gene Rrs1 in barley.

Grains R&D Corporation (GRDC)

Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG)

Genetic analysis of resistance to the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei in wheat.

GRDC and the University of Adelaide Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG)

Biochemical analysis of nematode resistance in wheat.

SARDI University of Melbourne

Genetic analysis of cereal cyst nematode resistance/tolerance in oats.

South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) and GRDC

National Oat Breeding Program in SARDI

Genetic analysis of tolerance to Pratylenchus neglectus in pasture legumes.


Plant and Soil Health Group in SARDI

Variation between populations of the blue green aphid Acyrthosiphon kondoi Shinji.

RIRDC Pasture Breeding Program

Development of molecular markers in oat (Avena sativa).


National Oat Breeding Program

Identification of cereal cultivars that can suppress Rhizoctonia solani as basis for the development of molecular markers.


Plant and Soil Health Group

 Quality traits


Map-based cloning of LMA tolerance genes in wheat.

GRDC University of Adelaide

Development of a cost-effective molecular selection tool for high beta-glucan content in oat grain.

SAGIT National Oat Breeding Program

  Abiotic stress tolerance



Physiological and genetic analysis of stress tolerance in oats.

RIRDC National Oat Breeding Program
Epigenetic control of stress tolerance in wheat. SAGIT

Climate Application Group (leading) and New Variety Agronomy Group in SARDI 


Molecular characterisation of Boron toxicity tolerance in Medicago spp.


Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) and Seedmark

Pasture Breeding Program in SARDI

Research topics for Honours, Masters and PhD projects:

Research topics in the area of disease resistance, pathogenicity or quality attributes in wheat, barley, oats and legumecrops are available. Dependent on the project, approaches include a wide range of molecular techniques (e.g. gene cloning, PCR, quantitative real-time RT-PCR, molecular marker development, bioinformatics) and biological analyses (microscopy, physiological and biochemical methods). 

Contact: Klaus Oldach,, ph. 08 83039734.