Tamsin’s work focuses on the wheat stem rust pathogen, Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici, which has been historically associated with crop failures and famine.
The ‘Mobile and real-time plant disease’ (MARPLE) diagnostics platform was developed from the field pathogenomics technique to enable scientists to identify and track different strains of the yellow rust wheat pathogen (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici).
Tamsin will be using next-generation sequencing datasets to expand the MARPLE diagnostics platform to monitor the wheat stem rust pathogen. She will also analyse host adaptation of the stem rust pathogen to wheat, rye and oat.