Jerracuttup investigates the big and the small to unravel the mildew story
Jerracuttup collage

The students at Jerracuttup are no strangers to crop diseases and broad acre farming as most of them live on farms themselves. They’ve have been using multiple techniques to investigate the ins and outs of barley powdery mildew pathology. They’ve used cool digital microscopes to view the pustules up close to classify the disease and confirm that it is in fact mildew. On top of that they’ve looked at the interaction between mildew infection and various environmental factors such as wind direction, orientation of the plants to the sun, and growth rates of barley to various fertiliser applications.

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