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Division of Plant Sciences - research strengths

Current strengths

Research in the Plant Science Division addresses a wide spectrum of topics of fundamental importance to explaining plant function and performance in both natural and agricultural environments. Understanding how plants perform in response to global climate change, both now and in the future, is a feature of much of our research.

We integrate a wide range of approaches, ranging from genomic and molecular technologies to studies of plant biochemistry, physiology, ecology and evolution. Discovery and characterization of the underlying mechanisms that control cell formation, plant development and energy metabolism are major areas of research, as is the use of field and laboratory observations to understand how plants respond to environmental cues and survive in diverse habitats.

Importantly, ANU is internationally recognised for its leadership in the application of mathematical and computational approaches to explaining how environmental gradients impact on coupling between vegetation and the surrounding environment. In addition, we have an internationally significant concentration of researchers studying the interactions between plants and microbial organisms.

Below are several areas of research strength within the Plant Science Division:


Plant-microbe interactions

Photosynthesis and plant energy biology

Plant environmental biology and functional ecology

Bioinformatics and bio-mathematical modelling

Plant genetics and gene regulation


A culture of collaboration

Plant Science research at the ANU benefits enormously from collaborations with several organisations and Centres of Excellence, including: 

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