Wheat Defence Framework Data Initiative

Wheat disease is estimated to cause annual losses of over $900 million to the Australian wheat industry which constitutes almost 20 per cent of the total wheat crop.

As part of the wheat project, Bioplatforms Australia convened a consortium of Australian wheat pathogen researchers to generate new ‘omics data and develop a genetic understanding of pathogen interactions with wheat. These datasets cover a diverse range of wheat pathogens of importance to Australia and underpin new research on the mechanisms of pathogen infection and plant resistance. The datasets are supporting new molecular breeding strategies seeking improved disease protection and resistance.

The Bioplatforms Australia Framework Data Initiative, led by Dr John Manners (CSIRO), involved partners from Australian National University, Curtin University, NSW Department of Primary Industry, Charles Sturt University, CSIRO and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Data was generated for the following fungal and bacterial pathogens:


Disease on wheat

Fusarium equiseti non disease causing – wheat associated species
Fusarium acuminatium non disease causing – wheat associated species
Fusarium pseudograminearium Crown rot
Fusarium culmorum Foot and root rot and head blight
Mycosphaerella graminicola Septoria leaf blotch
Pseudomonas sp Leaf blight
Puccina graminis Stem rust
Puccina striformis Stripe rust
Pyrenophora triticirepentis Tan spot (or yellow leaf spot)
Rhizoctoni solani Broad spectrum bare patch, root rot and seedling damping off diseases
Stagonospora nodorum Glume blotch (or Stagonospora nodorum blotch)
Xanthomonas translucens Black chaff


For further information please visit the Bioplatforms Australia Metadata Portal: https://downloads.bioplatforms.com/

Project contact:

Anna Fitzgerald | T: 02 9850 1174 | afitzgerald@bioplatforms.com