Cyclotides are small and extremely stable cyclical peptides that some plants produce. Cyclotides have biocidal properties (for example, anti-herbivory, nematicide), and formulations are now used to control pests in biological farming. The fate of cyclotides in the environment is unknown - are they a source of food and energy for microbes and plants? Or do they accumulate in the environment? This project will unravel the behaviour of cyclotides with view of soil, microbe and plant function. It will advance fundamental knowledge of this enigmatic group of plant compounds with view of application as crop protectants.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: laboratory and field techniques with an understanding of cyclotides with the view of soil, microbe and plant function. Preparation for profession in research, industry or government

Supervisor: Professor Susanne Schmidt, Professor David Craik (Institute for Molecular Bioscience), Dr Edward Gilding (Institute for Molecular Bioscience)

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Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences