Feeding Australia And The World Using Forgotten Wheat Varieties
Philipp wants to support the production of novel wheat cultivars that are resilient to climate change by capturing variation in wheat lines that was lost during the modern breeding process.
Based on his previous work, he expects to find novel sources of genetic variation that are linked to increased resistance to abiotic or biotic stress factors such as heat, drought, salinity, and/or diseases.
Philipp will use DNA sequencing and applied bioinformatics methods to analyse the genomes of a subset of the Watkins collection of worldwide wheat individuals from the 1920s. He will then compare those datasets with the genomic content of modern wheat cultivars to characterise these regions, and predict the potential biological role in modern varieties.