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Dr Rohit Mago is Team Leader of the Plant Pathogen Interactions group at CSIRO. He received his MSc and PhD from the University of Delhi, India. Dr Mago’s personal research focuses on cereal rusts, a major threat to grain crops across the world. His team not only works on host resistance involving identification of new sources for rust resistance both for race-specific and adult plant resistance in wheat and rye but, also identification of avirulence genes in the fungal pathogen. He has developed molecular markers for several rust resistance genes for disease resistance breeding. Among his research highlights is identification of the first stem rust resistance gene in cereal rye and the corresponding Avr gene in the stem rust pathogen (Nature Plants 2015, Science 2017). He was also part of the team that identified that most devastating wheat stem rust race Ug99 arose by a somatic hybridization and nuclear exchange event (Nature Communications 2019).

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Plant Disease Resistance and Molecular Biology

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    University of Delhi, India

  • 1989

    University of Delhi, India

Achievements and Awards

  • 2011--

    Chiefs Award- Molecular Markers
    CSIRO Plant Industry

  • 2013--

    Gene Stewardship Award
    Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

  • 2017--

    CSIRO Chairman's Medal

We have publications by Dr Rohit Mago