Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190102725 [ 2019 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Dr Caitlin Byrt; Prof Stephen Tyerman; Prof Andrea Yool; A/Prof Francois Chaumont; Prof Mark Tester

Brief description Water and salt are critical factors for the Australian agricultural industry. Crops use proteins called aquaporins to move water across cell membranes, and a newly discovered subset of these proteins can also transport salts. This project aims to reveal the molecular pathways that regulate water and salt transport via aquaporins using multidisciplinary techniques in genetics, molecular biology and electrophysiology. These results will provide novel insights into how plants coordinate and adapt to changing water and salt conditions, answering key questions in plant physiology. Benefits include an expanded, innovative range of targets for plant breeding programs to improve plant productivity in our changing climate.

Funding Amount $410,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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