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Lars Kamphuis Web.jpgLars Kamphuis

Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Email: lars.kamphuis@curtin.edu.au




Dr. Lars Kamphuis is a Theme leader with the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University. He has a joint position with Curtin University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Agriculture and Food, where he is a Research Scientist developing genetic and genomic tools for the legume crop narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius). 

For the past 15 years, Dr Kamphuis has been investigating the mechanisms of plant resistance to biotic stress. At CCDM, Dr Kamphuis’ research focuses on diseases of canola and pulses with a focus on Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Ascochytaspp. Dr Kamphuis has also developed expertise in legume genetics, where a current GRDC-funded project focuses on broadening the genetic diversity of Australian chickpea varieties through the introgression of adaptive traits suitable to Australian growing conditions. The team has screened the wild Cicer populations with Ascochyta rabiei isolates and identified sources of resistance to incorporate in the Australian chickpea breeding program. The project is also developing populations derived from crosses between elite Australian cultivars and wild Cicerspecies, which segregate for a range of adaptive traits.