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
W/Prof Martin Barbetti Plant Pathology and Mycology
Assoc/Prof Susan Barker Plant genetics and molecular biology
Prof Ed Barrett-Lennard Ecohydrology
Asst/Prof Sheng Chen Plant genetics and molecular biology
W/Prof Tim Colmer Plant physiology/ecology
Asst/Prof Michael Considine Horticulture and food
W/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
W/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
Asst/Prof 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.
W/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, organelle evolution and phosphate acquisition
Dr Pauline Grierson Plant physiology / ecology - Ecology of native plant communities and ecosystems, fire ecology, carbon & nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry
Prof Richard Hobbs Conservation biology, ecosystem restoration
W/Prof Stephen Hopper Conservation biology
Prof Roger Jones Plant virus ecology, aetiology, seed transmission, epidermiology
Asst/Prof Ricarda Jost Environmental biology, plant molecular biology, biogeochemistry and physiology, plant metabolism
Dr Siegy Krauss (BGPA) Conservation biology
Asst/Prof Etienne Laliberte Quantative plant ecology , biometrics and multivariate statistics and research
W/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
W/Prof Laco Mucina
Vegetation Science (vegetation ecology), biogeography, evolutionary biology, biodiversity science
Assoc/Prof Pieter Poot Plant physiology/ecology - biodiversity, ironstone communities
Asst/Prof Charles Price Plant allometry, plant geometry, metabolic scaling theory, plant biomass partitioning, plant functional traits, leaf vascular design, biological image analysis
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.
Asst/Prof Fran├žois Teste Plant physiology/ecology
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)

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
W/Prof Gary Kendrick Macroalgal & seagrass ecology, marine ecology
Dr Tim Langlois Marine ecology
Assoc/Prof Michael Renton Computational simulation modelling 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
W/Prof Carlos Duarte Effects of global change in marine ecosystems
Prof Susana Agusti-Requena Global change, biological oceanography, phytoplankton ecology, plankton metabolism, polar ecosystems, pelagic metabolism
Dr Ylva Olsen Marine ecology
Dr Thomas Wernberg Ecological interactions on and around subtidal temperate reefs and in estuaries