School of Plant Biology

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Key research areas by staff

Plant Production Systems

Plant physiology

Agriculture and horticulture apply modern approaches in plant sciences, including genetics & plant breeding, ecology and physiology, developmental biology, molecular biology, pathology and natural product chemistry.

         

Researcher

Key Research Area
Prof Martin Barbetti Plant Pathology and Mycology
Assoc/Prof Susan Barker Plant Genetics and molecular biology
Prof Ed Barrett-Lennard Ecohydrology
Dr Sheng Chen Plant Genetics and molecular biology
Prof Tim Colmer Plant physiology/ecology
Dr Michael Considine Horticulture and food
Prof Wallace Cowling Plant Genetics and molecular biology
Dr Kenneth Flower Production agronomy & farming systems
Prof Roger Jones Plant virus ecology, aetiology, seed transmission, epidermiology
Assoc/Prof Matthew Nelson Plant Genetics and molecular biology
Prof Steve Powles Crop science, cropping systems, herbicide resistance and plant physiology/ecology
Assoc/Prof Michael Renton Computational simulation modelling of plants in complex biological, agricultural & ecological systems
Assoc/Prof Megan Ryan Crop science 
Asst/Prof Shane Turner Plant physiology/ecology - seed biology, tissue culture, cryopreservation, plant conservation
Prof Erik Veneklaas Plant physiology/ecology - carbon balance, plant functioning in natural, degraded & rehabilitated ecosystems
Assoc/Prof Guijun Yan Plant Genetics and molecular biology - Australian native plants, cytogenetics, molecular phylogenetics
Dr Mingpei You Plant host resistance in brassicas & legumes to biotic stresses caused by various pathogens & pathotypes
Assoc/Prof Qin Yu

Crop science

   

 

 

Turf Research Program  

ROOTMAP

PGB - Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding

Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI)

Natural Terrestrial Systems

Conservation biology

Focused on interactions between plants and their environment, with many researchers studying threatening processes such as habitat destruction, fragmentation of wild areas, dieback disease, invasion by weeds, salinity and eutrophication.

         

 

Researcher

Key Research Area
Assoc/Prof Susan Barker Plant genetics and molecular biology
Dr Oliver Berkowitz Susceptibility to Phytophthora cinnamomi and sensitivity to phosphate in native Australian plants
Prof Tim Colmer
Plant physiology/ecology
Prof. Kingsley Dixon (BGPA) Conservation biology
Assoc/Prof. Patrick Finnegan Plant molecular biology, gene expression, mitochondrial biogenesis, plant respiration, organell evolution and phosphate acquisition
Dr Pauline Grierson
Plant physioogy/ecology - Ecology of native plant communities and ecosystems, fire ecology, carbon & nurient cycling and biogeochemistry
Prof Richard Hobbs
Conservation biology, ecosystem restoration
Prof Stephen Hopper
Conservation biology
Prof Roger Jones Plant virus ecology, aetiology, seed transmission, epidermiology
Dr Siegy Krauss (BGPA)
Conservation biology
Prof Hans Lambers
Plant physiology/ecology - conservation biology, mineral nutrients of native species and crop plants, CRC dryland salinity, plant respiration, structure and function of cluster roots
Prof Laco Mucina
Vegetation Science (vegetation ecology), biogeography, evolutionary biology, biodiversity science
Assoc/Prof Pieter Poot
Plant physiology/ecology - biodiversity, ironstone communities
Assoc/Prof Michael Renton
Computational simulation modelling of plants in complex biological, agricultural & ecological systems
Assoc/Prof Michael Shane
Plant physiology/ecology - Functional diversity in root systems that are critical for water & nutrient acquisition by Australian monocotyledons
Assoc/Prof Greg Skrzypek
Stable isotope analyses in two different geochemical areas related to environmental geochemistry and low temperature processes
Prof Erik Veneklaas

Plant physiology/ecology - carbon balance, plant functioning in natural, degraded & rehabilitated ecosystems
 

 

Ecosystems Research Group (ERGo)

Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative (TERI)

Ecosystem Restoration & Intervention Ecology Research Group (ERIE)

Restoration Seedbank Initiative (ERIE)

 

 

 

Marine Systems

Marine science

 

Research interests and activities range from habitat mapping, basic taxonomy, genetics and physiology of marine plants to population and community ecology of plants, invertebrates and fish.

 

Researcher

Key Research Area
Prof Gary Kendrick Macroalgal; seagrass ecology, marine ecology
Dr Tim Langlois Marine ecology
Assoc/Prof Michael Renton Computational simulation modellng of plants in complex biological, agricultural & ecological systems
Assoc/Prof Elizabeth Sinclair Genetic guidelines to the effective ecological restoration of seagrass meadows
Dr Daniel Smale Marine biology, marine science, climate change
Dr Ylva Olsen Marine ecology
Dr Thomas Wernberg Ecological interactions on and around subtidal temperate reefs and in estuaries
Dr Renae Hovey Ecology of spatial patterns and management of marine habitats