A four-year ARC Laureate scholarship is available for a molecular plant physiology project. Allocation of resources among vegetative and reproductive structures is important to a plant’s response to environmental change, and plants do this to optimise reproductive success across varied environmental conditions. Allocation of resources cause differences in the timing, size, and growth rate of plant organs such as seeds, flowers, fruits, and leaves. While breeders aim to control or manipulate this allocation of resources to achieve enhanced crop yield, many of the fundamental mechanisms that control vegetative or reproductive growth are still unknown.
The timing and patterning of shoot branching are dynamic and important determinants of crop yield and have long been studied from the perspective of plant hormones. However, the circadian clock, photoperiod response, and the flowering pathway also greatly impact on the timing and patterning of bud outgrowth and little is known of the mechanism by which the flowering pathway interacts with the bud outgrowth pathway to co-ordinately regulate the overall plant shoot architecture.
Using molecular physiology techniques, this project aims to decipher the crosstalk between the branching and photoperiod/circadian clock/flowering regulatory pathways and therefore the molecular mechanism by which the photoperiod/circadian clock/flowering regulatory pathways regulate bud outgrowth in plants.
A working knowledge of plant physiology and plant development, with an interest in hormone signalling, molecular physiology, molecular biology and genetics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.
For more information, contact Professor Christine Beveridge email@example.com
To apply for this job please visit scholarships.uq.edu.au.