Plants are arguably the most important biological entity on the planet. However, plants are always under threat by factors in their environment that will damage them, kill them or reduce their potential yield. Understanding how we can control and manipulate plant responses to their environment will assist preserve our agricultural and natural systems.
Associate Dean – Research
As a dynamic group of researchers and higher degrees by research students, we work on the fundamental and applied aspects of plant responses to their environment.
Topics of interest include:
- transcriptional profiling and the search for secondary metabolites in plants
- nanoparticle mediated delivery of biomolecules to plants
- siRNAs, microbial enzymes, and novel gene transfer technologies.
We also work closely with Deakin associates at the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) including Professor John Hamill, Associate Professor Rob Faggian, Associate Professor Victor Sposito and Dr Giorgio De Guzman.
Professor David Cahill, Associate Dean – Research, has investigated seed-borne rice pathogens and enviro-friendly crop treatments through the award of multiple research grants. He specialises in the interactions of plants with micro-organisms, plant-disease resistance, plant productivity, nanoparticles in plant science, and the interactions of native plants with Phytophthora cinnamomi (root rot).
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