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Plant Science

Plant Science

We conduct research to improve resilience, quality and productivity of plants in the face of increasing biotic and abiotic stresses.

Our work within this area is rooted in molecular biology and biochemical studies of both terrestrial and marine plants and their associated endophytes. Our researchers study how plants, and macro- and micro-algae grow and develop, and how they respond to the world around them. Knowledge of these mechanisms is used to identify novel ways to improve plant and algal productivity in the face of abiotic and biotic stresses.

Within this theme, our researchers also study interactions that reach across biological kingdoms. Our staff examine the molecular basis of plant and microbial interactions, plant and insect interactions, and plant-insect-microbe interactions. This research informs efforts to improve crop resilience to pests and pathogens.

Academic staff contributing to this theme can be viewed below.

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