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.

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PhD scholarships at the University of Adelaide

December 14, 2016

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology and Grains Research and Development Scholarships at the University of Adelaide The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) at The University of Adelaide is seeking PhD project applications from highly qualified and motivated students with a strong background in molecular biology and/or […] Read More...

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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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