Plant genetics and gene regulation

Transverse section of an Azolla root

Genome content and the regulation of gene expression are crucial for plant development, form & function. At ANU we use molecular genetics to understand gene regulation, epigenetic control processes, evolution and gene/protein function. These approaches are used to study such problems as organ development, plant-pathogen interactions & plant energy biology.

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Highlights

Australia and the ‘genomics revolution’

From little things, big things could grow
We have heard about the government’s ‘Ideas Boom’. How about making ideas ‘bloom’? With the right policies, Australia could reap the rewards of an...

Farmer wants a future: meet an ANU student who wants to grow enough food for the world

Genetic modification can be a prickly subject to raise at the dinner table, but not if you are Hannah Osborn. Hannah is an ANU PhD student with a...

Marlene Reichel: from Austria to ANU

Marlene Reichel came from Austria to ANU, to do a Master of Biotechnology (Research), and then a PhD in the Research School of Biology. See more of...

Owen Atkin

Group research focus The major foci of my lab's research are understanding : (1) the role of genotype and environment in controlling variations in...

News

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Jul
2016
David Kainer (Foley group) and Carsten Kulheim (Foley group and Crisp group) have published an article in The Conversation entitled ‘Renewable jet fuel could be growing on...
24
Mar
2016
Plants from all over the globe respond to temperature changes in remarkably similar ways, researchers have found. The finding has important implications for climate modelling. The...
12
Nov
2015
A team of Australian researchers will contribute to a G20 nations plan to strengthen future, global food security by making more energy efficient wheat. According to The Food and...
27
Jul
2015
Biologists have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered by disease, in a discovery that could boost crop yields and lead to more disease-resistant types of rice...
01
Jul
2015
The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help build a sustainable future for the environment, agriculture and global food supplies. The National...
03
Jun
2015
A paper by Ryan Phillips, Bjorn Bohman, Rod Peakall (Peakall Group, EEG) and colleagues and published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has been featured in online media. The...
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Oct
2014
A research centre exploring new technologies for improving crop yields to secure food supply has been launched at the Research School of Biology. The Australian Research Council (...
12
Jun
2014
Scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the eucalypt for the first time, revealing how the Australian icon became the world’s favourite hardwood. The work also gives...
18
Sep
2013
Australia is being beaten at its own game. The emblematic eucalyptus is grown in enormous quantities overseas, meaning Australia can no longer claim the title of the biggest...
12
Dec
2012
Plant scientists at the Research School of Biology (RSB), part of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, have been awarded up to $7 million to add their...

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