Understanding fundamental cellular processes
Plants are adept at sensing changes in the environment, integrating multiple signalling inputs and modulating developmental programmes to enable them to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Understanding the mechanisms underlying signal integration and transduction at the cellular level is fundamentally important and the knowledge gained will provide us with the possibility to improve plant/crop traits for a range of abiotic and biotic stressors. Additionally, elucidating the molecular and genetic basis of regulatory pathways controlling development and tissue morphogenesis will have fundamental importance for plant breeding programmes.
Our research contributes to environmental sustainability and food security through innovations in plant/crop responses to environmental change, abiotic and biotic stressors.