[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT140100843]
Researchers Dr Robert Lanfear
Brief description Somatic mutations accumulate as plants grow, affecting everything from short term ecological interactions to long term evolutionary dynamics. These mutations have important consequences for plant industry and conservation, but because they are so hard to measure we know almost nothing about them. This project develops new methods and software to detect, analyse, and compare the genome-wide history of somatic mutation in individual plants, providing an unprecedented level of detail into an important but understudied source of biological variation. By applying these methods to an iconic experimental population, this project will provide the first insights into the genome-wide causes and consequences of somatic mutation in plants.
Funding Amount $768,699
Funding Scheme Future Fellowships