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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Aluminium-activated malate transporter improves alkaline pH tolerance in wheat

October 28, 2020

Soil alkalinisation is a constraint for crop production in Australia with about 30% of Australian soils classified as sodic and 86% of these classified as alkaline. To improve alkaline pH tolerance of crop plants, it is necessary to identify alkaline tolerance mechanisms and the genes underlying these mechanisms. A recent study involving researchers from the […] Read More...

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The role of the HKT1 gene in sodium exclusion in Grapevine

September 10, 2020

In 2017, scientists from PEB and CSIRO focused on the roles of the HKT1 gene family in grapevine that encodes for sodium-selective proteins. Initial research focused on the HKT1;1 allelic variant of the HKT1 gene family, to find if it could potentially have an integral role in sodium exclusion due to correlations found between the […] Read More...

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