[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140104044]
Researchers Prof Ryan Lister;
Brief description Plant stem cells are the foundation cells of all plant growth and development, including generation of the reproductive cells. Therefore, it is critical that stem cells defend against attacks that may damage the genome. A unique epigenetic state in plant stem cell niches has been discovered that may protect the genome from damage due to parasitic DNA elements. Using sophisticated genomics, genetics, and cellular technologies, this project will investigate how stem cell epigenetic state is linked to genome defence, how environmental stresses can disrupt the defence system, and the role of the system in driving new genetic diversity. This knowledge is of high importance as agricultural crops enter an era of increasingly challenging conditions.
Funding Amount 395000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects