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Mr Rafal Zdrzalek

Predoctoral Student
The 2Blades Group

My main interest in science is investigating plant-pathogen interactions and searching for applications of such discoveries in agriculture, therefore improving crops’ resistance to pathogens.

In the 2 Blades Group, I work on engineering R genes into banana, which faces now great danger as a new race of Fusarium oxysporum sp. cubense recently broke the resistance of the most popular cultivar of banana. Currently it is spreading rapidly through plantations, threatening once again, to collapse the banana industry.