Ms Nur Shuhadah Mohd Saad (Shu)
Shu was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She started her first year at Taylor’s University, Malaysia (2010) and continued her second year at UQ for a Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology (major in Molecular Biology), as part of a twinning program. She started her Honours in February 2013.
Characterization of blackleg resistance genes in Brassica species
Supervisors: Dr Jacqueline Batley & Reece Tollenaere
Leptosphaeria maculans is the fungus which causes blackleg disease and is a significant threat to Brassica napus (canola) production worldwide, causing devastating crop loss. Previous attempts to find resistance gene have focused on the A7 chromosome for a cluster of Rlm genes. Another gene, the Rlm2, is found to be on a large region on the A10 chromosome. The project aims to identify candidate genes for Rlm2 based on bioinformatics analysis and sequencing them for validation.