Phil is interested in how plant hormones regulate plant architecture. In particular, Phil aims to uncover how the strigolactone inhibition of auxin transport adapts root architecture so that plants are better able to cope with poor growth conditions, such as sub-optimal nutrient or water availability, or salinity.
Plant nucleotide extraction and analysis, PCR, cloning, genetic vector construction, plant genetic transformation, genotyping, sequencing, real-time RT-qPCR, plant anatomy, histology and tissue staining, microscopy, fluorescent protein visualisation, immunohistochemistry, digital image analysis, phylogenetics, plant care, hydroponics, grafting, girdling, crossing, seed harvesting, plant hormone treatments, radiolabelled compound tracking, transcriptomic analysis, manuscript writing and editing, grant writing and administration.
Phil Brewer has joined the ARC Centre for Plant Energy Biology at the University of Adelaide Waite Campus as an ARC Future Fellow. He completed his PhD at Monash University and gained postdoctoral experience at Tübingen University and the University of Queensland. Phil’s research interest involves how plant hormones help plants to respond to changed growth conditions. Phil has been recognised as a Highly-Cited Author by the American Society of Plant Biology. His most significant findings have involved the cellular polarity of PIN auxin transporters, the discovery of strigolactone as the branching hormone, the connections between strigolactones and auxin transport, and uncovering parts of the strigolactone biosynthesis pathway.