We study transport and signalling processes that underpin improvements in crop nutrition and stress tolerance. Our research scales from genetics, through cell biology and whole plant physiology. Ultimately, the goals of our research is for our fundamental findings to be applied through breeding programs to improve crop performance in the field; examples of our research translation can be found here.

This website houses the research pages of the laboratory groups of Steve Tyerman and Matthew Gilliham, and affiliated independent research fellows. We share custom built plant molecular physiology laboratory facilities and host the Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the Membrane Transporter Expression facility. We also have independent funding from the Australian Federal Government for industry linked projects, the SA State Government, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.

Latest News

Updates on aquaporins, two new publications on Plant, Cell & Environment

September 16, 2016

The idea that aquaporins may only allow permeation of neutral solutes has been challenged. Members of the group led by Caitlin Byrt, Manchun Zhao and Steve Tyerman have reveal that AtPIP2;1 is permeable to both water and Na+ in heterologous systems. The AtPIP2;1 ionic conductance is inhibited by low pH and Ca2+ similar to previous observations for […] Read More...

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Virtual Plant Cell Showcased by COE Plant Energy Biology

August 24, 2016

Virtual Plant Cell Showcased by COE Plant Energy Biology ARC Centre for Excellence in Plant Energy Biology showcased a Virtual Plant Cell at the University of Adelaide Open Day.  The Virtual Plant Cell was launched by Plant Energy Biology at the Perth Science Festival on 13th August.  The Virtual Plant Cell will be a great […] Read More...

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