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Improving drought tolerance in wheat by selectively inhibiting negative regulators of drought stress signalling

This project applies insights from the SAL1-PAP signalling work to identify the crops lacking the negative regulators and evaluate the impact of such manipulation on their drought tolerance and yield performance under greenhouse and field conditions. This project provides an excellent opportunity to understand the genetics, genomics and physiology of cereal crops.


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Understanding the role of peptide hormones in determining root architecture Honours, Bachelor, PhD
Unravelling novel Rubisco structures in algae PhD
Use of a tobacco Pathogenesis-related Protein-5 (PR-5) promoter: β glucuronidase (GUS) reporter system to study plant defence activation in response to phytohormones, abiotic stresses and biotic inducers. Honours, Masters, PhD
Using computer vision and machine learning to study honey bee behavior Bachelor, Honours
Using macroinvertebrates to determine water quality in the Mulloon Creek catchment Honours, Masters
Vitamin utilisation by malaria parasites Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Vocal mimicry and display PhD
What are novel mechanisms for regulating transcription, RNA turnover and protein translation Honours, PhD
Wheat immunity and applied synthetic biology Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Why are biodiversity hotspots found where they are? Not open to students.
ARC Future Fellowship - impacts of climate change on plant respiration Not open to students.
Bioinformatics Summer Scholarship projects Not open to students.
Can plants adapt their CO2-fixation capacity in response to climate change? Not open to students.
Dissecting Rubisco catalysis in C3 and C4 plants Not open to students.
Environmental drivers of growth and mortality in larval fishes Not open to students.
How do effector proteins from necrotrophic fungi cause disease in plants Not open to students.
Improving nitrogen use efficiency in cereals Not open to students.
Leaf respiration under drought Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Novel small molecule regulators of animal development Not open to students.
Out of the darkness: predicting rates of respiration of illuminated leaves along nutrient gradients Not open to students.
Scrutinizing the influence of temperature on Rubisco catalysis Not open to students.
Sexual selection and the evolution of sex roles Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Sexual selection in the field cricket Teleogryllus commodus Not open to students.
The Compound Eyes of Fiddler Crabs: A Tutorial Not open to students.
Uncovering the hare microbiome Not open to students.