[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100098]
Researchers Prof Joseph Holtum; Prof Michael Crisp; Prof Darren Crayn; A/Prof Erika Edwards; Dr Klaus Winter; Prof Rowan Sage
Brief description The project plans to investigate why Australia, the driest vegetated continent, has no landscape dominated by large succulents but nevertheless supports a distinctive, diverse and widespread succulent flora. Focusing on terrestrial succulents and epiphytic orchids, the project plans to explore the evolution, assembly and biodiversity of Australia’s succulent flora, evaluating the roles of genetic composition, photosynthetic physiology, aridity, fire, soil nutrients and salinity in its historical expansion, and assessing the resilience of the assemblages to changing climate. Of particular interest will be how the most water-use efficient type of photosynthesis, crassulacean acid metabolism, is expressed across the succulent landscape.
Funding Amount $364,400
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects