The genes of a crop plant determine its growth, development, survival, and agronomic fitness. The world’s food security relies on modern crops that are continually updated with genetic traits for higher yield and protection against changing environmental stresses. The ability to precisely edit genes in crop plants is tantalizingly close but there are significant barriers that must be overcome.
This project aims to fully understand how a plant distinguishes self from non-self genes and to develop ways of precisely enhancing, repairing, updating, and/or redirecting genetic traits in harmony with the genome. This will pave the way to safer, higher yielding and more sustainable crops for the future.
Funding / Grants
- ARC Laureate Fellowship (2016 - 2022)