ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume - QLD
The Centre is an internationally renowned research network of plant scientists conducting cutting-edge research into legumes and other plant species.
By utilising comparative genomics on the model legumes Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula, as well as the important crops soybean (Glycine max) and pea (Pisum sativum), the centre's scientists aim to understand how plant cells communicate, grow and differentiate.
Research into plant physiology, molecular and cell biology is providing fundamental insights into developing enhanced food production, agricultural sustainability, environmental quality and products for human health.
The centre's research focus is to understand meristems in legumes. Meristems are regions of actively dividing cells (plant stem cells) that give rise to new tissues. By understanding how to control meristem differentiation, and hence the general architecture of the plant, legumes may be able to be manipulated for adaptation to the Australian environment and for the production of specialty chemicals produced only in particular organs of the plant.
The centre is headquartered at the University of Queensland, with nodes at the Australian National University (ACT), the University of Newcastle (NSW), and the University of Melbourne (VIC).
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|Contact person||Professor Peter Gresshoff|
|Address||The University of Queensland|
|Phone||07 3365 3550|
|Fax||07 3365 3556|