Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170103352 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Dabing Zhang; Prof Rachel Burton; A/Prof Martin Kater; Dr Ludovico Dreni; Prof Malcolm Bennett

Brief description This project aims to understand the morphological diversity of inflorescence architecture between cereal crop species. To do so, this project will identify functions and analyse the regulatory networks of conserved SEPALLATA genes (SEPs). This will enable them to determine cereal inflorescence morphogenesis of rice (branching) and barley (non-branching), representing the most important cereals. Identifying and understanding rice and barley SEPs, their direct targets and interactors, and how they regulate inflorescence branches and spikelets in both species is expected to provide evolutionary and developmental insights and targets to improve for crop yield. A molecular understanding of the regulatory network that underpins inflorescence shape and grain number will advance fundamental biology, and could form the basis for significant yield improvements by manipulating key points in the developmental pathway.

Funding Amount $513,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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