Researcher biography

Dr Agnieszka Mudge has more than 15 years’ experience in plant biotechnology and in particular molecular plant pathology. She worked at HortResearch (Auckland, New Zealand) for two years studying the sexual life cycle of a major apple pathogen, Glomerella cingulata. Dr Mudge joined CRC-Tropical Plant Protection in 2000 (1.5 years) on a project studying the methyl jasmonate defence pathway in Arabidopsis then moved to CSIRO Plant Industry (four years) where she looked at the major disease of wheat, Head Blight, caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum, to identify pathogen genes and processes involved in wheat infection. Dr Mudge re-joined UQ in 2007 to work on identifying key attributes affecting starch content and availability in Sorghum grain. Dr Mudge is currently working on aspects of basal stem rot, an economically important disease of oil palm in the South East Asia region.

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