A new route to controlling root system architecture and drought tolerance.

  • Djordjevic, Michael (PI)
  • Bennett, Malcolm J. (CoI)
  • Brady, Siobhan (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    This project aims to transform our understanding of the relationship between root architecture and water and nitrogen acquisition, factors critical to determining yield. We have discovered that mutants affected in a peptide hormone receptor have unique root architectural features relevant to acquiring water and nitrogen. The mutants are drought tolerant and their roots are nitrate insensitive. The project aims to define the receptors genetic outputs and expects to uncover new ways to improve water and nitrate acquisition and determine if our findings apply to crops. The application of these findings will reduce the severe environmental damage caused by poor nitrogen fertiliser uptake and provide sustainable ways to ensure food security.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date28/01/2130/12/24

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$557,473.00

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