Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory
Our laboratory, led by Dr. Carl Mesarich and Prof. Rosie Bradshaw of Massey University, investigates the molecular basis of plant–microbe interactions.
The main goal of our research is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these interactions, with the goal of better informing disease resistance breeding programmes.
Publications and collaborators
We are widely published in a variety of international publications.
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Last updated on Monday 17 September 2018
Carl Mesarich received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biological Sciences and his Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Auckland in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. His postdoctoral research was carried out at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research (Bioprotection Group; 2015) and Wageningen University, the Netherlands (Laboratory of Phytopathology; 2012–2014).
Rosie Bradshaw received her B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. in the UK before moving to New Zealand in 1991 when she joined the academic staff of Massey University.
She pioneered molecular and genomic studies of the fungal pine pathogen Dothistroma septosporum, and showed that the aflatoxin-like mycotoxin dothistromin is a virulence factor in Dothistroma needle blight.
In recent years her research focus has expanded to include studies of proteinaceous effectors and also of Phytophthora pathogens, including the kauri dieback pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida.