Identification of disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance genes (pyrethrum and potato crops)
Identification of genes for resistance and pathogenicity, molecular mapping (chickpea, lentil, chilli, breeding resistance)
Study of biodiversity of fungal pathogens using molecular markers (fungal plant pathogens)
Prof Taylor has had 19 years of research, teaching, and leadership experience with the University of Melbourne; following on from 14 years in Plant Pathology and Biotechnology research with the Australian sugar industry. He leads a research team in the discipline of Plant Health in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at UM which has achieved exceptional distinction in advancing research in the areas of: Genome mapping - development of the first molecular genome linkage maps of chickpea, lentil and the fungal pathogen Ascochyta rabiei; and the identification of major loci for plant disease resistance genes and fungal Mating type genes. Plant pathology - evaluation of the biology, life cycle, pathotypes and population genetics of fungal pathogens involved in diseases of horticultural and agricultural crops including chili, potato, chickpea, lentil and pyrethrum. Molecular plant pathology - validation of the taxonomy of fungal pathogens, development of fungal transformation systems; and identification of major genes involved in pathogenicity during infection. Prof Taylor is subject coordinator for the 3rd year subject Plant Health and Improvement in the BSc Agriculture Major and BAgr; and coordinates MSLE Honours (except Geography). He has successfully supervised to completion 9 Masters & 26 PhD students (5 Masters and 16 as Principal) at the University of Melbourne and is currently involved in supervision of another 8 PhD (as Principal). As well he has co supervised postgraduate students in Kasetsart University, Thailand; and University of Malaya, Malaysia. Prof Taylor is a Member of the Crawford Fund Victorian branch and has active research collaborations with colleagues in CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre, an Institute of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands; Hong Kong University; Ruhuna University in Sri Lanka; University Putra Malaysia; University of Malaya; and Kasetsart University in Thailand.