Curtin University's Mildew Mania 2014 - mapping barley powdery mildew across Australia
Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, 9 November 2014 at 10:00 PM (AWST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
NEW PROGRAM IN 2014
Call for expressions of interest
Mildew Mania in 2014
89 classes (46% primary and 54 % secondary) participated in Mildew Mania.
29% were country schools
71% metro schools
52 schools in total
Equalling 903 students
In 2014 we are looking for keen students and teachers to help us again!
Curtin University would like to invite schools to help with an ongoing citizen-science research project aimed at protecting West Australia’s barley crops from the damaging effect of powdery mildew disease.
In WA, this disease causes the most economic impact on barley. Researchers at Curtin University’s Department of Environment and Agriculture aim to give plant breeders and growers the tools they require to control this disease and therefore reduce the state’s losses.
Barley mildew is currently controlled in two ways, through genetics and through fungicides. But these are both presently compromised.
Genetic resistance to the disease is no longer effective, as the pathogen population can rapidly evolve to overcome the resistance genes that are present in current cultivars. To solve this problem this researchers need to explore which “races’’ of the pathogen are present in different parts of WA.
The second control is fungicide. Curtin researchers have observed that much of the population is becoming resistant to the most commonly used fungicides. To combat this we need to identify which WA mildew populations are fungicide resistant and which are not.
This is a rare and exciting opportunity for your students to conduct meaningful science research that will have a real impact on Western Australia!
You will be helping the world-renowned Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens.
Cost: free. There is a small cost for equipment of around $20 (potting mix and pots). But there may be grants available to pay for this set up (to be announced in early 2012).
- End of June 2014 – Registrations close
- June/July 2014 – experiment packs arrive in mail
- July to early August 2014 – prime barley planting time
- June to August 2014 - growing season
- July to September 2014 – samples photographed and collected by students and mailed to Curtin University
- August to October 2014 – samples tested in Curtin labs
- November 2014 – results published in newsletter to schools
Please note - we are working on one kit per registered group.
For more information visit http://science.curtin.edu.au/outreach/citizen-science.cfm or contact us directly
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Curtin University - Science Outreach
The Science Outreach Program at Curtin has been running for over 15 years. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is committed to keeping in contact with the community in which it operates. The Science Outreach Program offers many opportunities for science events, excursions and activities for schools, teachers and the community – most of which are free.