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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Plant Energy Forum at Thredbo

June 5, 2019

A number of staff and students are currently at Thredbo ski resort, New South Wales for the 2019 Plant Energy Biology Forum, 3rd-6th June.  They are braving/enjoying the snowy and wintry conditions to listen to a number of presentations from members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. There are also invited […] Read More...

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Discovery of New Receptor Protein Involved in High Grain Yield

June 4, 2019

Important new discoveries about the unusual receptor for strigolactones have been made by international researchers, including Dr Phil Brewer of the University of Adelaide. Strigolactones are plant hormones involved in reducing plant bushiness and increasing plant performance under sub-optimal growing conditions. A protein, D14, has been discovered as the receptor of strigolactones, but unusually it […] Read More...

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