Heterotrimeric G-proteins are important in humans but very little is known about them in plants. Our lab has established that G-proteins are involved in disease resistance in plants and are also important contributors to yield. We recently discovered new members of the gene family in Arabidopsis and are investigating their cellular function.

The projects involve:

  • molecular biology techniques
  • gene cloning
  • produce genetic constructs
  • production and characterisation of genetically modified plants.

Specific topics include:

  • characterisation of the role of G-proteins in plant defence
  • G-protein control of yield
  • role of G-proteins in cell death.

Location: St Lucia

Supervisors: Professor Jimmy Botella

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Project members

Professor Jimmy Botella

Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Plant Science