Rare Myrtaceae species in SE Queensland’s world heritage listed Gondwanan rainforest are threatened by extinction as myrtle rust is killing vulnerable species. It is not an option to spray fungicides due to the protection status of the forest, so alternatives are required. The student will work with an interdisciplinary team of experts in plant pathology and ecophysiology to test the hypothesis that heavy metal accumulation can protect plants from fungal attack and be a viable option for protection. The research will involve field and laboratory research to test the interaction between heavy metal accumulation and tolerance to myrtle rust.

Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences