Molecular and Cellular Characterisations of the Cortical Actin Cytoskeleton in the Plant Arabidopsis thaliana

    Project: Research

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    Plant cells contain extensive arrays of the cytoskeletal protein actin that attach to the plasma membrane and may play important roles in cell elongation through interactions with cortical microtubules. However, the organisation, dynamics and functions of cortical actin remain poorly understood. I will combine cell and molecular approaches to understanding cortical actin in living tissue of Arabidopsis, using both wild-type and previously uncharacterised mutants, and will develop a novel mutational screening strategy to isolate mutants disrupted in plasma membrane or microtubule binding. This research will contribute significantly to a greater understanding of how the plant grows and develops.
    Effective start/end date4/03/0231/12/07


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$465,000.00


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